Graham Hopkins and Sven Ruygrok will star in a new production of Equus, directed by Fred Abrahamse for Pieter Toerien.Peter Shaffer’s iconic psychological thriller Equus stars Graham Hopkins as psychiatrist Dr Martin Dysart and Sven Ruygrok as 17-year-old Alan Strang – a stable boy who has been arrested for blinding six horses with a metal spike.

With its controversial nude scene and simulated sex act, Equus still causes quite a stir amongst theatre-goers wherever it is performed around the world; most recent being a production starring Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe as Alan Strang. Pieter Toerien’s 1985 highly-acclaimed production of Equus at the Alhambra Theatre introduced a young and talented Jeremy Crutchley to an adoring South African public. The role of Dysart has also been played by a glowing list of stars over the years including Anthony Hopkins and Leonard Nimoy.

This gripping new production is directed by Fred Abrahamse (Macbeth, Hamlet)

Abrahamse’s long-time collaborators, Marcel Meyer and Charl-Johan Lingenfelder, join the creative team as designer [Meyer] and composer [Lingenfelder] while celebrated choreographer Marc Goldberg [Mozart and Salleri & The Vortex] creates specialised movement and choreography for this exciting production.

The cast, along with Graham and Sven, includes Monique Basson, Maggie Gericke, Andrew Roux, Marc Goldberg, Cassandra-Tendai Mapanda and Len-Barry Simons.

When teenager Alan Strang’s pathological fascination leads him to brutally blind six horses in a Hampshire stable, psychiatrist Dr Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy’s violent act. As Dysart delves into Alan’s world of twisted spirituality, passion and sexuality, he begins to question his own sanity and motivations in a world driven by reckless consumerism.

Read here what the critics are saying:

Equus plays at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre from 26 April – 26 May.

Equus is a MUST SEE!

Equus is a psychological thriller and deals with sensitive subject matter. There is also nudity and simulated sex.

A No under 16’s age restriction is recommended. 

If you need anymore convincing, read what the press have to say here!

Marc Lottering – NOT A MUSICAL

29 May – 9 June

Freshly on the high heels of his hit show AUNTY MERLE THE MUSICAL, Marc Lottering returns to the stage with his brand new stand-up show NOT A MUSICAL. Eighty minutes of Marc and his brand new material alone.

Mzansi Ballet presents
BENGINGAZI
A celebration of classical ballet, pantsula, flamenco and contemporary dance in a truly inspirational South African story.
Pieter Toerien Main Stage at Montecasino
31 October – 4 November

Into the Woods is a seminal work by American musical theatre genius, Stephen Sondheim, and follows the trials and adventures of a collection of well-known fairy-tale characters, including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Red Riding Hood. They all go into the deep, dark woods on separate quests, and their paths cross and intersect with sometimes amusing, sometimes alarming results.

Brought to us by the same team who brought us the chilling Sweeney Todd, Pieter Toerien presents this production with Kickstart.

Directed by STEVEN STEAD and Designed by GREG KING

Starring: KATE NORMINGTON, EARL GREGORY, ZAK HENDRIKZ, JESSICA SOLE, HAYLEA HEYNS, MICHAEL RICHARD, GRAEME WICKS, CANDICE VAN LITSENBORGH, DIANNE SIMPSON, NATHAN KRUGER, LJ NEILSON, SCHOEMAN SMIT, ASHLEIGH HARVEY, SARAH RICHARD, BRANDON MOULDER, NARET LOOTS, ALYSSA HARRISON and MEGAN RIGBY

Here is what the critics have to say!:

“A Fairy Tale with Big Teeth” Adrian Roets The Citizen

“A Musical riot full of wit and wonder” Andrea van Wyk eNCA

“A Riot of Fun!” Jennifer de Klerk

“Gleeful and Ghastly” Rahiem Whisgary

‘Beguiling trip Into The Woods!’ Billy Suter

“Beware! You might get what you wish for!” Gayle Edmunds CITY PRESS

 

INTO THE WOODS is on at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre until 14 April only.

 

The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed.

The Mousetrap is the longest-running play in the history of London’s West End.

Starring West End star MARK WYNTER

Directed by JONATHAN TAFLER

 SUSPECT EVERYONE……

Now the longest running play currently on Broadway, The Play That Goes Wrong makes a welcome return to our stage by huge public demand, for a third and final season.

Directed by everyone’s favourite funnyman, Alan Committie,The Play That Goes Wrong will have you aching with laughter whether you’re seeing it for the first time, or the third!

Starring RUSSEL SAVADIER, ANTHONY COLEMAN, CRAIG JACKSON, ROBERTO POMBO, NICOLE FRANCO, DANIEL JANKS, SIVE GUBANXA and LOUIS VILJOEN

“Fabulously superb and ridiculously funny” Weekend Special

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at math while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. When Christopher falls under suspicion for killing his neighbour’s dog, his detective work to identify the true culprit, takes him on a journey that upturns his world.

This is a Global theatrical phenomenon that simply must not be missed!

A new play by SIMON STEPHENS

Based on the novel by MARK HADDON

Directed by PAUL WARWICK GRIFFIN

Starring:

ASHLEY DOWDS, KATE NORMINGTON, KAI BRUMMER, JENNY STEAD, DYLAN EDY, NICHOLAS ELLENBOGEN, GENNA GALLOWAY, LIZ SZYMCZAK, LESOKO SEABE and CLAYTON EVERTSON

Read here what the press have to say:

Megan Furniss-WeekendSpecial

Beverley Brommert-Cape Argus

 

The BATS
For one week only!
17 October – 21 October

When BALLET meets JAZZ
A unique and original South African production where the grace of Ballet harmoniously marries with the vibrant sounds of Jazz
Pieter Toerien Main Stage
24 – 28 October

Mzansi Ballet presents
BENGINGAZI
A celebration of classical ballet, pantsula, flamenco and contemporary dance in a truly inspirational South African story.
Pieter Toerien Main Stage at Montecasino
31 October – 4 November

JUST BE YOURSELF by Rocco de Villiers

 

2018 is Rocco’s year of the emerald!

 

In 2018 popular pianist Rocco de Villiers celebrates 20 years of blood, sweat, tears and survival as a piano player in South Africa. The 20th anniversary gemstone is the emerald. As part of his celebration Rocco will be wearing green for the entire year.

 

In 1998 he released his first solo instrumental album, Screen Test.  14 Studio albums later, this platinum recording artist has built up a large fan base. As part of his greenest year Rocco will release a brand new album with all original tracks. The album is fittingly titled Wees Net Jouself/Just Be Yourself. A brand new show with the same title will play at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre from 3 -14 October. This show also marks Rocco’s tenth show and year with Pieter Toerien Productions.

 

Says Rocco, “ After 20 years of survival and turning 50, I can and want to Just Be Myself.” Just be your self’s green colour speaks of self acceptance, a green world,  growth, a new era, love lost, love found, laughing, crying – and ultimately living and loving life, one’s job and one’s calling.

 

 Just Be Yourself is a show not to be missed.

 

All original –

All Rocco –

All new –

All now –

All green –

 

Book at computicket

Rocco’s award winning cds and DVD’s available in the foyer

 

Renowned South-African guitarist JAMES GRACE in association with Carli Spanish Dance Productions and Ilse Moore underwater photography present RECUERDOS; an all-Spanish guitar and dance program featuring the music of composers including Albeniz, de Falla, Rodrigo and Tarrega. Allow the sway of skirts electrified with Spanish dances and the sounds of guitar and castanets, transport you to the beauty and romance of Spain.

RECUERDOS returns to THEATRE ON THE BAY from 19-23 March only.

For more info visit jamesgrace.co.za and ilsemoore.com

 

 

MACBETH

After the sensational success of HAMLET in 2017, Pieter Toerien proudly presents Abrahamse & Meyer’s dazzling take on MACBETH – William Shakespeare’s shortest, darkest and most thrilling tragedy.

This production comes to Johannesburg hot on the heels of its European debut at the world’s largest and most prestigious International Shakespeare Festival.

MACBETH is currently being studied by Grade 12 English Additional Language as well as Grade 11 English Home Language learners.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this innovative re-imagining of one of the greatest plays ever written.

Read what the press are saying here!

MACBETH by William Shakespeare

Direction, Set & Lighting Design: Fred Abrahamse

Costume Design: Marcel Meyer

Illusions: Matthew Baldwin

Puppet Design and Creation: Fred Abrahamse & Marcel Meyer

Soundscape: Charl-Johan Lingenfelder

With: Marcel Meyer, Stephen Jubber, Matthew Baldwin, Jeremy Richard, Tailyn Ramsamy and Tristan de Beer.

Running Time: approx. 140 minutes including intermission.

GOODNESS! GRACIOUS!

 

JONATHAN ROXMOUTH IS JERRY LEE LEWIS

IN

GREAT BALLS OF FIRE

 

Fresh from his success as Che in the international tour of EVITA, Jonathan Roxmouth sets the stage on fire as Jerry Lee Lewis in GREAT BALLS OF FIRE. Audiences can expect the hits that shaped a generation played by Jonathan at the piano and a flaming hot six piece band. All time favorite hits include GREAT BALLS OF FIRE, WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN’ GOIN’ ON, ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN and HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL.

 

The show features Buddy Holly Stalwart Craig Urbani as Sam Philips and Paul Ditchfield of The Bats as Elmo Lewis. Cranking up the temperature is Ashleigh Butcher (Rock of Ages, The Rocky Horror Show, The Adventures of Peppa Pig) as Myra Gale Lewis.

 

Jerry Lee Lewis is widely regarded as the Real Wild Child of Rock ’n Roll. Since his meteoric rise to fame in the 1950’s, Lewis has established himself as a performer of unbridled energy, passion and unmistakable piano pyrotechnics – literally and musically. Whether driving audiences wild with his distinctive pumping piano style or setting the piano alight, the story of Jerry Lee Lewis is as fascinating as the string of gold records to his name.

 

Having paid tribute to famous pianists like Liberace in CALL ME LEE and Marvin Hamlisch in I’M PLAYING YOUR SONG, Jonathan is back behind the piano for the first time in two years – this time in his favourite genre of rock ’n roll. He once again joins forces with acclaimed director and choreographer WESLEE SWAIN LAUDER -having enjoyed huge success staging Jonathan’s sell out concert THE MUSICALS at the Teatro at Montecasino. The show will be designed by NADINE MINNAAR with lighting by OLIVER HAUSER and sound by RICHARD SMITH.

 

GREAT BALLS OF FIRE opens at Pieter Toerien’s Theatre at Montecasino for a limited 4 week season from 18 July – 12 August. Bookings through Computicket or the Box Office (011) 511 1818.

 FATAL  ATTRACTION
Based on James Dearden’s film by Paramount Studios.

Directed by PAULA  BANGELS
Starring ASHLEY  DOWDS

Theatre on the Bay from 16 March to 7 April

Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre from 11 April to 6 May

From director Paula Bangels:

“James Dearden’s 1987 film by Paramount Studios captured the world. James has now written the play that might have inspired the film, where blame and sympathy with each character is equally and tantalisingly balanced.

“….of all the gin joints in all the bars in all the world…”

When Dan (a man with friends, a brilliant career, a loving family, a stunning wife) gets into unexpected conversation with an attractive intelligent woman, Alex, while his wife Beth is out of town, an unsought for liaison occurs that unsettles him. But he will soon forget; it will pass – or so he thinks…

Alex is a woman who believes in her rights. And she believes their brief actions and words have justified rights – over him.

Actions have consequences and Dan’s continuous rejection of her in preference to defending his family, turn Alex’s feelings slowly from open fondness to pure hatred as this blood curdling roller coaster of a tragedy and her revenge of rejection turns Dan’s life mercilessly into a living hell.

We are reminded that people’s actions and circumstance are less influenced by who they are – than by what happens to them.”

Fatal Attraction stars Ashley Dowds (Scandal, Generations, Binnelanders, Old Boys, Mousetrap, Japes and Blue/Orange), Jenny Stead (The Rocky Horror Show, Champ, Noises Off), Jo da Silva (Sewende Laan), Jazzara Jaslyn (Warner Brothers’ A Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits) and Alex Tops (Showboat, The Rocky Horror Show, The Great Gatsby).

Direction by Paula Bangels.

Duration is 1 hour 45 minutes, without an interval.

Tickets from R100 – R200 (venue dependent)

PG 16

Dean Roberts gives us some insight into this brilliant thriller.

Fatal Attraction-A Pshychosexual Tango