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Pirates swashbuckle on Gauteng stages

Theatre on the Square
06/09/2011 08:49:16

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Gilbert and Sullivan’s most loved light comic opera, The Pirates of Penzance, gets a serious overhaul.

Daphne Kuhn and Old Mutual Theatre on the Square in association with the South African State Theatre and BASA present Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance.

Old Mutual Theatre on the Square, Sandton
14 June - 9 July

South African State Theatre, Pretoria
12 July – 6 August

With just five men, one pianist and a whole lot of dresses, eye patches and swashbuckling, director Greg Homann brings this witty theatrical masterpiece to our intimate theatre. Originally written for a full orchestra and a cast of thirty plus, now, this never before seen, reduced version, takes the satire and the comedy to its extreme.

In less than a week, the much anticipated Pirates of Penzance opens at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square. The rehearsal space is already humming with the sound of Gilbert & Sullivan’s catchy songs like “Poor Wondering One”, “I am the very Model of a Modern Major-General", "Hail, Poetry", “When the foeman bares his steel (Tarantara! Tarantara!)” and the other favourites.

Steering the pirate ship is well known young theatre director, Greg Homan. Greg Homan has staged many productions at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square. Most memorable include Tomfoolery, The Talented Mr Ripley and the award winning Pterodactyls. He is currently the senior Drama lecturer at WITS. His great innovative approach to this famous comic opera promises all who board this ship a great two hour voyage of entertainment.

Forget about Jonny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: here is a cast to remember. It is made up of veteran actor David Dennis, who has become a household name and recognized by many TV viewers for his role in the popular SABC drama, Soul City. He has most recently appeared in the Market Theatre production of King Lear, to great acclaim. David performed in the very first musical that Daphne Kuhn produced at the Theatre on the Square 15 years ago.

James Borthwick recently won both the Naledi and Fleur du Cap Awards for his role in Evita for Best Musical Theatre Performance. He will be joining the crew as they set sail for a two month run - at both the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square in Sandton and the SA State Theatre in Pretoria. James is no stranger to this theatre having performed in a number of Paul Slabolepszy productions including Life’s a Pitch, It’s Just Not Cricket and Hole in One.

Joining the ship of merry sailing men is well known musical theatre actor, Jonathan Taylor. This is Jonathan’s first production at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square. Also joining Jonathan as their Old Mutual Theatre on the Square debut are the multi-talented newcomers Clinton Hawkes and Brandon Lindsay.

Keeping the production afloat, is the award winning Musical Director, Rowan Bakker. Rowan also gets dressed up and joins the motley crew on the main deck where all the fun takes place. Book your tickets early for this memorable voyage of fun, laughter and non-stop music…

Pirates of Penzance will extend its season in Sandton with a four week run in Pretoria by arrangement with the SA State Theatre. The production has been assisted with a generous supporting grant from BASA.

Bring your friends, school, family, colleagues or clients. There are special group bookings discounts and on Tuesdays nights tickets are two for the price of one!

Fundraisers and dinner show packages and can also be arranged.

Bookings can be made by calling the theatre on tel 011 883 8606 or tel. 083 377 4969 or the call centre on 086 122 4498 or book online – www.ticket.co.za or www.theatreonthesquare.co.za

Booking for the Pretoria run can be made through Computicket.

Performances: Tuesday to Friday at 20:15 and Saturdays at 18:00 and 20:30.

For further info call Daphne Kuhn or Mika Stefano
Old Mutual Theatre on the Square
011 883 8606
011 883 9673 (fax)
Related Venues:
Auto & General Theatre on the Square., West Street Sandown Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa
SA State Theatre Complex, Pretoria Gauteng South Africa


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