Pieter Toerien’s Theatre On The Bay brings you VR Theatrical’s A Christmas Carol, from 30 November until 10 December, 2022 – offering families an opportunity to experience the magical world of Charles Dickens this festive season.


Starring Ashley Dowds, with Amber-Dawn Burnhams.

Introducing several ghosts and characters from his past, present and future, this magical play takes the audience on an emotional journey from the old Scrooge’s tight-fisted, miserly ways, to the new Scrooge – spreading goodwill and cheer through his generous spirit. Perfect for the entire family, this outing is bound to become a family tradition!

This classic holiday favourite comes to life as you have never seen before, featuring captivating animation and spell-binding music!

Making excellent use of puppetry and audiovisual effects, this inspired, charming piece of theatre will warm your heart and renew your love for the magic of theatre, and the true meaning of Christmas generosity and kindness!

Well-known Cape Town-based actor, Ashley Dowds is set to play Ebenezer Scrooge (previously portrayed by Jason Ralph, Charles Bouguenon, and Tiaan Rautenbach), the tight-fisted, miserly grump who, after three visitations, is transformed, spreading goodwill and cheer through his generous spirit.

Ashley Dowds is supported by Amber-Dawn Burnhams, who plays a multitude of roles.

Devised, Adapted and Directed by Elizma Badenhorst.

Music by Wessel Odendaal.

Animation by Naret Loots.

Lighting Design by Francois van der Hoven.

Setting and Props by Nadine Minnaar.

Produced for the stage by VR Theatrical.

Production images supplied by VR Theatrical.

“The perfect show to celebrate humanity, family, and above all, generosity of spirit!” – Broadway World, South Africa.

“A Christmas Carol radiates both innocence and quiet charm, qualities rarely found in many modern productions that rely on larger casts, slick set design and a more complex stagecraft. An intelligent and entertaining family-friendly production, it’s simply perfect for the festive season” – What’s On In Johannesburg.

“The excellence of the visual storytelling is one thing, but perhaps the greater mark of this production’s success is that you leave the theatre inspired.” – Bruce Dennill, Participate.

“The show is so intimate, and lovely!” – The Citizen.

Performance times: Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7:30pm & Saturday matinees at 4pm.

Tickets range from R180 – R220; from Computicket or the Theatre On The Bay box-office (021) 438-3300/1.

Booking link: https://tickets.computicket.com/event/a_christmas_carol/7192153

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

By Edward Albee

Direction by Sylvaine Strike

 

Edward Albee’s WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF celebrates a 60th anniversary production in South Africa!

 

Gloucester Productions is proud to announce a 2022 production of a theatrical classic at Theatre on the Bay in Cape Town and Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino theatre in Johannesburg.

 

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is regarded by many as one of most powerful  plays ever written and this year it celeberates it’s 60th  anniversary.

 

Back in 1962, audiences and critics alike could not get enough of Edward Albee’s masterful play. A dark comedy, it portrays husband and wife George and Martha in a searing night of dangerous fun and games with a younger couple, Nick and Honey, who get caught up in the battle.

 

By the evening’s end, a stunning, almost unbearable revelation provides a climax that has shocked audiences for years. With the play’s razor-sharp dialogue, witty and hilarious scenarios and the stripping away of social pretense it has been described as  “a brilliantly original work of art, surging with shocks of recognition and dramatic fire” (Newsweek)

 

The production is in the wonderfully capable hands of a multi award-winning team:

 

Sylvaine Strike (Fleur du cap best director for Endgame) directs a stellar cast including:

 

Alan Committie (Fleur du cap best actor for Richard III),

 

Robyn Scott (Fleur du cap best actress for Elizabeth – Almost a woman)

 

Sanda Shandu (Fleur du cap winner for best supporting actor King Kong)

 

and Berenice Barbier (making her professional stage debut)

 

The show is designed by Wolf Britz (fleur du cap best lighting design Valsrivier)

 

Director Sylvaine Strike muses:

“On the auspicious occasion of its’ 60th anniversary, directing Edward Albee’s extraordinary Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf feels like an electrifying rite of passage, and I am both humbled and thrilled! This superbly penned dark comedy is a beast; a timeless classic that plays out over the length of a single evening during which Bourbon and Brandy are consumed in vast quantities by its four protagonists. Mischievous mind games are only the tip of the liquor fueled iceberg leaving the audience no option but to ride its deliciously wild rollercoaster of hilarity, cruelty and madness.

 

I am so excited to be working with an absolutely luminous cast. The iconic roles of the evening’s hosts George and Martha played by the two formidable theatrical forces that are Alan Committie and Robyn Scott, and introducing the terrific Sanda Shandu and Berenice Barbier in the roles of their innocent guests Nick and Honey.”

 

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf will run at Theatre on The Bay from Friday 16th September to Saturday 8th of October with performances every Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm and a Saturday matinee at 4pm

 

It will then move to Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre in Fourways, Johannesburg where it will run from Friday 14th October to Sunday 6th of November.  There will be performances Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm and matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.

 

The production carries a suggested age appropriate restriction of no under 13’s.

 

Tickets are now available through Computicket

or by calling the theatre:

Theatre on the Bay: 021 438 3300

Pieter Toerien presents
Paul Slabolepszy’s new hit play
FORDSBURG’S FINEST
Starring Paul Slabolepszy & Chi Mhende
Directed By Bobby Heaney
Theatre on the Bay, 19 Aug to 10 Sep

Pieter Toerien presents
Paul Slabolepszy’s new hit play
FORDSBURG’S FINEST
Starring Paul Slabolepszy & Chi Mhende
Directed By Bobby Heaney
Pieter Toerien Theatre, Montecasino, 14 Sep – 9 Oct

 

Performances are Fridays to Sundays. Please check HERE for performance dates/times.

What Cape Town critics had to say:

Mariane Thamm Daily Maverick

Eatplaydrink-Cape Town

 

Come join Mzansi Ballet’s spectacular and family friendly, The ABBA Show – A Cinderella Story at The Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino. A modern telling of the classic tale of Cinderella set to the timeless music of ABBA. World class Choreography by Angela Revie, Xola Willie and Michael Revie.
With out-of-this-world costumes and sets designed by Fashion designer extraordinaire, David Hutt.
Featuring special guest, the fabulous Cathy Specific and a cast of world class dancers, Angela Revie, Xola Willie, Michael Revie, Aviwe November, Veronica Louw, Tsebang Sipambo and Alison Sischy amongst others.
Come dressed in your ABBA regalia to compete and be crowned on-stage as best dressed in the ball.
Do not miss out on the hottest ticket in town!

28 Dec – 22 Jan

THE LAST FIVE YEARS, COMING TO MONTE

 

‘…saw it… LOVED it! – Hadley Titus, Fleur Du Cap Judge

‘…a JOY TO WATCH from start to finish.’ – David Viviers, award-winning actor

‘…a WORLD-CLASS production.’ – Melissa Haiden, award-winning actress

‘…it’s a KNOCK-OUT!’ – Robyn Cohen for The Cape Robyn

‘… BEYOND entertaining – it is THRILLING!’ – Bruce Dennil for pARTcipate

‘…a show you DON’T want to miss!’ – Faeron for Broadway World South Africa

 

Following a sold-out debut season at Theatre on the Bay in Cape Town, The Last Five Years is coming to the legendary Pieter Toerien Theatre at Monte Casino from 30 November 2022 to 11 December 2022.

Winner of a Drama Desk Award and named one of TIME Magazine’s 10 best shows of 2001, Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years has captivated audiences with a score of mesmerising brilliance and an ingenious libretto. Numerous international productions established the musical’s place as a masterpiece of modern musical theatre.

The Last Five Years is a one-act drama-comedy telling the bittersweet love story of Catherine Hiatt, a struggling actress, and Jamie Wellerstein, an up-and-coming novelist. This old story of love-found and love-lost is told in a fresh and new manner. Cathy reflects on their relationship from end to first meeting, whilst Jamie’s story moves chronologically. They meet only once, in the middle of the show.

Featured in the coveted role of Jamie is Fleur-Du-Cap nominee, Anthony Downing and playing opposite him as Cathy, is Fleur-Du-Cap nominee Zoë McLaughlin. At the helm of the creative team is award-winning director Paul Griffiths with musical direction by Jaco Griessel. To fully realise Jason Robert Brown’s vision, the cast will be accompanied live on stage by an ensemble of six musicians.

 

 

Directed by Paul Griffiths

Musical direction by Jaco Griessel

Starring Anthony Downing and Zoë McLaughlin

Running time: 90 minutes, no interval

Age restriction: PG-13

What makes The Beatles’ songs so timeless? And what has made so many artists, from Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley to Nina Simone and even Linkin Park cover their work? COME TOGETHER – The Beatles Covered / Uncovered is LAMTA’s exuberant, energetic and entertaining dance production for 2022, where once again a host of top South African choreographers will uncover the stories behind some of the Fab Four’s greatest works – as covered by famous (and not so famous) musicians and songwriters alike. The Beatles wrote universal ‘words of wisdom’, encouragement and love, and their melodies are full of emotional depth, so it’s no wonder that everyone wants to sing their songs. The Luitingh Alexander Musical Theatre Academy which is housed on top of the glorious Theatre on the Bay, is home to the next generation of exciting South African talent. Their dance productions have become a calendar highlight, so make sure you ‘come together, right now’ and book your tickets!

Duration: 2 halves of 45 minutes

Interval: 20 minutes

Age Restriction: None

Ticket Price: R250

“Shirley Valentine’

Venue: Pieter Toerien’s Theatre On The Bay.

Dates: 3 – 13 August 2021.

Shirley Valentine returns to Theatre On the Bay!

Shirley Valentine is an award-winning British one-woman play by Willy Russell. A bored, middle-aged housewife, Shirley is trapped in a stale, loveless marriage. Her children are all grown up and she frequently talks to the wall in her kitchen while preparing her husband’s regular evening meal of egg and chips. Shirley feels stuck in a rut and finds solace in her daily glass of wine as she muses over the lack of excitement in her life. When her best friend asks her to go to Greece with her for 2 weeks, Shirley jumps at the chance with a mix of exhilaration and jittery nerves. Leaving a note for her husband that simply reads “Gone to Greece – Back in two weeks” Shirley leaves for her holiday.

While relaxing on holiday, she rediscovers the woman she used to be and the happiness that she has been missing. Shirley embarks on a passionate affair with Costas, a local Greek man, and realizes that there is more to life than the dull, mundane existence she leads back home in Liverpool.

Making a radical decision, she leaves her friend at the airport and goes back to the hotel she has been staying at to ask for a job. Finally, she is living the life she has dreamed of and rediscovered the self-confidence she has lost.

Starring Natasha Sutherland.

Direction by Gina Schmukler.

Ticket prices: R180 – R230 through Computicket or (021) 438-3300.

Running time: Approx’ 100 mins, with a 20-minute internal.

Note: Tickets sold in pairs.

PG (Adult themes).

Booking link:

https://tickets.computicket.com/event/shirley_valentine/2589540

 

James Grace’s ‘ROMANZA’

Venue: Pieter Toerien’s Theatre On The Bay

Dates: 12 – 23 July 2022

James Grace returns with Romanza

Starring James Grace on guitar, accompanied by Carli Olivier’s Compañía Sophia Spanish Dance Company.

Following sold-out seasons of RECUERDOS at both Pieter Toerien’s Theatre on the Bay in 2017 and the Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino in 2018, internationally acclaimed and award-winning South African based guitarist JAMES GRACE once again joins forces with COMPAÑíA SOPHIA, directed by Spanish Dance choreographer and principle dancer CARLI OLIVIER to present their brand-new production, ROMANZA; a Spanish-inspired guitar and dance programme featuring music from Grace’s recent SAMA-winning album ANADALUZA – MUSIC OF SPAIN III, including specially arranged works by composers including Albéniz, de Falla, and José Galván with original choreography by Olivier.

As always, allow the sway of skirts electrified by flamenco dancers with the sounds of guitar and castanets transport you to the beauty and romance of Spain.

Praise for RECUERDOS (2018):

“…the grammar and vocabulary of the choreography conjures up a storm of formal Spanish dance protocol blended with a touch of utter magic.” – Robyn Sassen.

“…a stunning visual experience…” – Sheila Chisholm, www.weekendspecial.co.za.
Ticket prices: R180 – R250 through Computicket or (021) 438-3300.

Running time: Approx’ 90 minutes, with a 20-minute internal.

Note: Tickets sold in pairs.

No age restriction.

Booking link: https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/Event.aspx?itemid=1523868477

 

 

Marc Lottering in ‘UNCLE MARC’

Venue: Pieter Toerien’s Theatre On The Bay

Dates: 28 June – 9 July 2022

Marc Lottering in Uncle Marc

UNCLE MARC is Marc Lottering’s latest stand-up comedy show which has been playing to packed houses around the country. The show runs at Theatre On The Bay, from 28 June until 9 July 2022.

Lottering is 54 and is determined to go into this chapter of his life, sexy as hell, at whatever cost.

UNCLE MARC has had fans in stitches and Capetonians now have a final opportunity to catch the show prior to Lottering heading off to Leicester Square Theatre in London.

Marc Lottering is one of South Africa’s top comedians. He is the recipient of several theatre awards and has also written two hit musicals.

UNCLE MARC is not suitable for children.

Ticket prices: R180 – R220 through Computicket or (021) 438-3300.

Running time: Approx’ 80 minutes, no interval.

Booking link:

https://tickets.computicket.com/event/uncle_marc/7184109

 

‘BREL/PIAF

Venue: Pieter Toerien’s Theatre On The Bay

Dates: 24 May – 11 June 2022

A stylish revue of the timeless songs of Brel and Piaf, performed by Andre Schwartz and Amanda Strydom, accompanied by Coenraad Rall & Dawid Boverhoff.

Ticket prices: R200 – R300 through Computicket or (021) 438-3300.

Running time: Approximately 120 minutes, no interval.

Note: Tickets sold in pairs.

All Ages.

Booking link:

https://tickets.computicket.com/event/brel_piaf/7184079

 

‘Your Song – The Music of Elton John’

Venue: Pieter Toerien’s Theatre On The Bay

Dates: 4 – 21 May 2022

Your Song – The Elton John Songbook

The legendary music of Sir Elton John – presented live on stage by Anton Luitingh, Amy Campbell & Tshepo Ncokoane.

Ticket prices: R150 – R250 through Computicket or (021) 438-3300.

Running time:  100 minutes, with a 20-minute interval.

Note: Tickets sold in pairs.

All ages.

Booking link:

https://tickets.computicket.com/event/your_songs___the_music_of_elton_john/7184841

‘The Trolley Dollies in The Triplets of Bellville’

Venue: Pieter Toerien’s Theatre On The Bay

Dates: 12 – 30 April 2022

The Trolley Dollies in The Triplets Of Bellville.

Who hasn’t heard of The Trolley Dollies™? Come on! During the course of the last 5 years, they’ve opened a theatre, produced 13 original productions, appeared in every magazine and newspaper this side of Uitenhage and peered down at you from any billboard that stood still long enough to be climbed by an arthritic, middle-aged drag queen! In short, from 2016 onwards, the Mother City was bombarded, terrorized and titivated by the self-proclaimed Queens of the Sky, and there appeared to be no stopping them.

And then, at the end of 2021, they mysteriously disappeared.

What in the name of Judy Garland happened to them?

The truth is, after all those years of being cooped up in a little theatre on Bree street, Cathy, Holly and Molly can barely stand to be in the same room anymore. These three sisters from different misters, like any other siblings, have many skeletons in their collective closet, and their day of reckoning has arrived.

The claws are out, the “T” is being spilled and the dirty laundry is being given a very public airing…

Chomping at the bit to get the DL on these XL size queens? Buy a ticket!

Blood may be thicker than water, but so is arsenic!

Ticket prices: R250 – R350 through Computicket or (021) 438-3300

Running time: Approx’ 75 minutes with no interval.

Note: Tickets sold in pairs.

PG16.

Booking link: https://tickets.computicket.com/event/the_trolley_dollies_in_the_triplets_of_bellville/7184022

ROMANZA

 

JAMES GRACE (Guitar)

CARLI OLIVIER (Compañía Sophia Spanish Dance)

 

12 – 23 JUL THEATRE ON THE BAY, CAPE TOWN

27 JUL – 7 AUG PIETER TOERIEN THEATRE, MONTECASINO, JOHANNESBURG

 

Following sold-out seasons of RECUERDOS at both Pieter Toerien’s Theatre on the Bay in 2017 and the Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino in 2018, internationally acclaimed and award-winning South African based guitarist JAMES GRACE once again joins forces with COMPAÑíA SOPHIA, directed by Spanish Dance choreographer and principle dancer CARLI OLIVIER to present their brand-new production, ROMANZA; a Spanish-inspired guitar and dance programme featuring music from Grace’s recent SAMA-winning album ANADALUZA – MUSIC OF SPAIN III, including specially arranged works by composers including Albéniz, de Falla, and José Galván with original choreography by Olivier.

 

As always, allow the sway of skirts electrified by flamenco dancers with the sounds of guitar and castanets transport you to the beauty and romance of Spain. Book now!

 

 

Praise for RECUERDOS (2018):

 

“…the grammar and vocabulary of the choreography conjures up a storm of formal Spanish dance protocol blended with a touch of utter magic.” (Robyn Sassen)

 

“…a stunning visual experience…” (Sheila Chisholm, weekendspecial.co.za)

The Triplets of Bellville

 

Who hasn’t heard of The Trolley Dollies™?

Come on! During the course of the last 5 years, they’ve opened a theatre, produced 13 original productions, appeared in every magazine and newspaper this side of Uitenhage and peered down at you from any billboard that stood still long enough to be climbed by an arthritic, middle-aged drag queen! In short, from 2016 onwards, South Africa has been bombarded, terrorized and titivated by the self-proclaimed Queens of the Sky, and there appeared to be no stopping them.

And then, at the end of 2021, they mysteriously disappeared.

What in the name of Judy Garland happened to them?

The truth is, after all those years of being cooped up in a little theatre in Cape Town, Cathy, Holly and Molly can barely stand to be in the same room anymore. These three sisters from different misters, like any other siblings, have many skeletons in their collective closet, and their day of reckoning has arrived.

The claws are out, the “T” is being spilled and the dirty laundry is being given a very public airing…

All of the above set to the tune of your favourite 80’s hits, obviously!

Chomping at the bit to get the DL on these XL size queens? Buy a ticket!

 

Catch The Trolley Dollies™ at the Pieter Toerien Montecasino Theatre from the 24th of August to the 11th of September. Bookings through Computicket and the theatre box office.

 

The Triplets of Bellville carries an age restriction of 16; it’s a family affair, but not family friendly. Blood may be thicker than water, but so is arsenic!

Come join Mzansi Ballet’s spectacular and family friendly, The ABBA Show – A Cinderella Story at The Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino. A modern telling of the classic tale of Cinderella set to the timeless music of ABBA. World class Choreography by Angela Revie, Xola Willie and Michael Revie.
With out-of-this-world costumes and sets designed by Fashion designer extraordinaire, David Hutt.
Featuring special guest, the fabulous Cathy Specific and a cast of world class dancers, Angela Revie, Xola Willie, Michael Revie, Aviwe November, Veronica Louw, Tsebang Sipambo and Alison Sischy amongst others.
Come dressed in your ABBA regalia to compete and be crowned on-stage as best dressed in the ball.
Do not miss out on the hottest ticket in town!

27 May – 19 June

BACK BY HUGE PUBLIC DEMAND!

SHIRLEY VALENTINE – JO’BURG RETURN SEASON 2022

VR Theatrical presents

Willie Russel’s iconic play
SHIRLEY VALENTINE

22 June – 3 July

Some of you will remember her. Willy Russell’s heroine of the 80’s. She played the West End and Broadway, won numerous accolades and was celebrated in film. Her name was Shirley Valentine, before she became Shirley Bradshaw, a middle aged woman, lost in her role as mother to two grown children, and wife to a husband in a somewhat stale marriage. When a friend offers her a trip to Greece, a long forgotten exuberance begins to bubble up in her. Shirley’s journey is a celebration of many a contemporary woman, balancing motherhood, marriage and self-actualisation. Shirley Bradshaw is the ‘original gangster’ of self-care and self-love – a beacon of empowerment. Long before we had hashtags, we had Shirley.

“We believe that what Shirley has to say is important. And it is more relevant than ever,” says Jaco van Rensburg from VR Theatrical. “My business partner grew up knowing the movie and it was his idea to option it. When I watched it – and later read it – I knew he was spot on! It is relatable, oh so funny and even more relevant today!”

The play will be directed by Gina Shmukler – a true lady of the theatre who has worked extensively in New York City and all over the world, but returned to SA stages a couple of years ago, juggling numerous other creative projects.

And who do you cast in such an iconic role? Someone who has done it all – been on Egoli and Scandal, knows and loves the theatre, has won awards, written books and lived life a little. Enter stage, Natasha Sutherland, who is “over the moon playing Shirley!”

Performance times: Wed-Fri @20:00, Sat @16:00 & 20:00, Sun @15:00

R150-R220

Discounts for Students and Seniors available through the Theatre Office on 011 511 1988 or the Box office.

Age restriction: PG 13 Adult Themes and some fruity language.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
By Charles Dickens
Adapted for the stage by Elizma Badenhorst
Direction by Elizma Badenhorst

Main Theatre
24 Nov – 10 Dec
Wed – Fri @ 7pm, Sat @ 3pm & 7pm, Sun @ 2:30pm

Ebenezer Scrooge’s “Bah, Humbug!” has never been more apt! After a rather tough 2023, A CHRISTMAS CAROL offers families an opportunity to experience the magical world of Charles Dickens this Holiday Season.

Introducing several ghosts and characters from his past, present and future, the play takes us on an emotional journey from the old Scrooge`s tight-fisted, miserly ways, to the new Scrooge, spreading goodwill and cheer through his generous spirit. Perfect for the entire family, this outing is bound to become a family tradition!

This classic holiday favourite will come to life as you have never seen it before, wearing a brand new jacket featuring animation and music. This production is a sumptuous banquet for the eyes, ears and imagination; a sensory delight for any tired soul.

Running Time: 60 mins
Cast: tbc
Music: Wessel Odendaal
Animation: Naret Loots

Jonathan Roxmouth – Back in Lights!

A Musical Return

6 JULY – 24 JULY 2022

Wednesday to Friday @ 19h30

Saturday @ 15h00 and 19h30

Sunday 14h00 and 18h00

After a rollercoaster two years of uncertainty and covid-enforced hibernation, Jonathan Roxmouth is “Back in Lights” at the Pieter Toerien Montecasino Theatre. Accompanied onstage by a virtuoso Broadway chamber ensemble and under the guiding light of Weslee Swain Lauder, Jonathan will be reminding theatregoers of the magic of the Musicals through song, story and perhaps even the odd tap dance with his signature tongue-in-cheek sense of humour. Come and relive the thrill of CATS, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, LES MISÉRABLES, SUNSET BOULEVARD, EVITA, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT and an avalanche of others in the safety and comfort of a proper theatre once again. It goes without saying that strict government mandated Covid-19 protocols will be observed for the safety and enjoyment of every patron.

“What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play…!”

R150-R250

Special Discounts for Seniors and Students/Scholars available from the Theatre Office on 011 511 1988 or the Box Office