What's On in Gauteng - June 9 to 17Jennifer de Klerk
Jennifer de Klerk: It's the last week for Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline at the Joburg Theatre, Viva! the pop-opera group at the Fringe and Woza Albert! at the Market.
At the State Theatre the Afrikaans farce My Vrou se Man se Vrou, with Hannes Muller and Tobie Cronje, has been extended for this week. It now ends on June 17. Coming up soon is the Boer War musical Ons Vir Jou, back by public demand. It premiered in 2008.
More Afrikaans theatre at the Joburg Promusica from Thursday to Saturday with performers like Elsabe Zietsman, Lizz Meiring, Andre Stolz and Melt Sieberhagen. There’s a different show each night, ending with a concert on Sunday.
At the Market Laboratory 40 community theatre groups from seven provinces are gathering for the 21st Community Theatre Festival at recently-named Ramolao Makhene Theatre at the Bus. This is free.
At the Market Theatre the township musical Kwela Bafana is holding the main stage and a new play Brothers Size opens on Thursday. Written by American playwright Alvin McCraney, it is set in the Louisiana bayou, and is described as a tough and tender drama of what it means to be a brother and be brothered, with music, poetry, dance and West African mythology.
The Athol Fugard play Boesman and Lena is at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square and, of course, the musical Cabaret is playing at Pieter Toerien’s Theatre at Montecasino, with Sonia Esgueiro in So You Think You Can Love in the little Studio.
This weekend Hugh Masekela can be heard in concert at the Lyric Theatre and next weekend Chalo Cinema offers a spectacular kaleidoscope of song and dance from the Bollywood movies at the venue.
For the children there’s Disney’s Aladdin JR at the National Children’s Theatre and The Gingerbread Man 2 at the People’s Theatre.
The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra ends its second symphony season at the Linder Auditorium on Wednesday and Thursday and on Friday the orchestra will be performing with the opera company BTE VO1SS for a Verdi Opera Gala, also at the Linder.
Tomorrow (Sunday) at 17:00 the gifted brother and sister duo, Avigail Bushakewitz (violin) and Ammiel on piano are performing for the Johannesburg Musical Society at the Linder.
If you are looking for a relaxed evening out the four Barnyard Theatres are running a variety of tribute shows from rock ‘n roll to more mellow sounds.
Jennifer de Klerk is editor of Artslink.co.za. For more information on these shows and other events nationwide see www.artslink.co.za
What’s On in Gauteng is carried in print in the Saturday Star