Festive fare at Durban’s Playhouse

Gospel group Avante is among acts scheduled for Christmas Celebration Concert, in the Playhouse Drama on December 22 and 23. Picture by Val Adamson  

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BY BILLY SUTER

A CLASSIC South African play and a variety of musical entertainment is in the colourful Christmas parcel of entertainment to be presented by The Playhouse Company at venues at Durban’s city-centre Playhouse complex this month.

Headlining the Playhouse Company’s festive season roster is the South African political satire, Woza Albert!, reteaming SA theatre giants Mbongeni Ngema and Percy Mtwa.

The production questions what Christ (Morena) would say and do if he returned to South Africa today, and what the great leaders of the struggle against apartheid would say? This production provides an opportunity to reflect on the past and contemplate the future.

Woza Albert! previews in The Playhouse Loft theatre on December 6 and 7 December (tickets cost R80). The production then opens there on December 8 and runs until December 23.  It then transfers to The Playhouse Drama for a final run between December 27 and 30. The play has an age restriction of 13 years, and a duration of 90 minutes.

Also among Playhouse Company festive attractions is Ignite, in which director Lindelani Mkhize presents a two-hour entertainment highlighting new stars –  in the Playhouse Drama December 21, complete with VIP add-ons including lounging, dining  and liquor-tasting in the Grand Foyer and Main Foyer.

On December 22 and 23, Christmas Celebration Concert, in the Playhouse Drama, will feature a programme of Christmas songs and carols. Joining the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, the Playhouse Chorale and the Durban Salvation Army Choir will be acts including star vocalists Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Khanyo Maphumulo, Avante, Nozuko Teto, Khumbuzile Dlamini, Ayanda Ntanzi, Tim Moloi and Wayne Mkhize.

Expect a magical theatre outing with the production in The Playhouse Grand Foyer until December 15. The Magic Drum takes its audience on a journey to a village in the forest of Mathuthu Wonders, where a magical drum controls the order.

Public performances are set for 2.30pm on December 8, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.Tickets cost R60 (R30 for children).

Booking for all shows is at Computicket outlets.


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