BY BILLY SUTER
BY NOW many music fans lamenting the loss, at the end of 2016, of the Barnyard Theatre at Gateway in Umhlanga have heard the news that the venue will be returning to Durban.
It will be opening at the end of the year at Suncoast Casino which is undergoing major extensions – and good news is that the first show there will be a revival of the theatre franchise’s hit show amalgamating popular music and trapeze and circus acts.
The Barnyard Theatre group has announced this news on its website and advises that bookings will open for the first show mid-year.
“The Barnyard Theatres proudly present the return of the legendary rock and roll circus show, Big Top Rock, the rock concert with a difference,” says a spokesman.
As with its previous installment and predecessor, Rock Circus, the new circus-themed show, Big Top Rock, will feature live music, aerial acts, funky dance routines “and an electrical atmosphere that will rock you like no other”, the spokesman explains.
“This new Barnyard in KZN will be under new management and will fall within the same ownership umbrella as the rest of the venues currently in the Barnyard Group (not franchised),” says the spokesman.
Visitors to the theatre can look forward to an excellent show experience and the same wooden interior and casual seating-style assoviated with the Barnyard Theatres, the spokesman adds.
“Big Top Rock will mesmerise and thrill young and old alike in an action-packed show featuring rock hits from six decades of music, bold acrobatics and slick choreography that will have audiences on the edge of their seats.”
The spokesman adds that the The Big Top ringmaster will take the audience on a musical journey with hits by rock groups Def Leppard, ACDC, Kings of Leon, Aerosmith and Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as rock and pop icons such as Elvis Presley, Pink, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Pitbull and others.
“ Experience a variety of acts that include pole, acrobatics, silk and trapeze – all performed to the beat of the rocking live band and singers. Big Top Rock is the biggest, most entertaining and daring show ever produced by The Barnyard Theatres. So, let us entertain you!”
Barnyard Suncoast, as it will be known, will bring to seven the number of Barnyard Theatres in South Africa – the others being in Rivonia, Cresta, Cape Town, Emperors Palace, Silverstar and Gold Reef City.
Suncoast Casino is one of Durban’s premier entertainment destinations, an entertainment complex at the northern end of the Golden Mile, adjacent to the Kings Park Sporting Precinct and near the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
The new Barnyard will be situated on the promenade at the new wing of the exciting multi-billion revamp, which Suncoast Casino is undergoing and promises to be an exquisite venue.
Barnyard Suncoast will include an in-house catering division with pizzas, snack baskets, platters, buffet options and more for sale to patrons attending shows.
“This unique theatre experience provides the perfect night out with live entertainment for couples, families and friends. The Barnyard Theatres are also ideal for birthday parties, fundraising events, corporate functions, client entertainment, day conferencing and more.”
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