What's On in Gauteng: June 30 - July 8Jennifer de Klerk
Jennifer de Klerk: At the moment all eyes are on Grahamstown where the National Arts Festival is in full swing.
We can expect a flood of shows later in the year when the top of the pops are picked up here, but for the moment the fare is bare.
The American play Brothers Size finishes at the Market Theatre this weekend, but the ever-popular Woza Albert! gets a new cast member – Peter Mashigo replaces Hamilton Dhlamini – and the show continues until July 22, before leaving for Edinburgh and London.
At the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square mentalist GIlan Gork takes over on Tuesday, bending metal with his mind, reading thoughts and predicting – he also offers to teach audience members to unleash their potential.
On Wednesday Jonathan Roxmouth (remember the Phantom of the Opera?) opens his one-man show Topsy Turvy in the Studio at Montecasino. One man, more than 15 characters and 8 operettas - as this is a take on the comic operas and characters of Gilbert and Sullivan this is bound to be fun. Operettas include HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado.
The Teatro is still dark, but Cabaret more than makes up for it in Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre. Brassy and classy, this is a musical with bite and pathos, superbly sung and staged.
On Saturday, July 7, the lavish Boer War musical Ons VIr Jou opens at the State Theatre in Pretoria. It first sold out in 2009 and is now back by popular demand.
More music with a new Barnyard Show, Special Stars, featuring songs of South African greats from Johnny Clegg to Four Jacks and a Jill. This is at the new Parkview Barnyard, relocated from Menlyn. The other Barnyard shows move around – Moonshadows is at Cresta, Magic of the 80s at Boksburg and Mardi Gras Vibe at Rivonia.
For the children, The Gingerbread Man 2 is playing at the People’s Theatre at the Joburg Theatre complex and the musical Disney’s Aladdin Jr is at the National Children’s Theatre.
The hit musical Africa Umoja – The Spirit of Togetherness has returned to the Victory Theatre after a tour to Australia.
At the Joburg Promusica next weekend the children from the StageWorx school of the performing arts are putting on Sing It!, their own take on High School Musical and Glee.
At the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City this weekend and next there is Indian comedy in Old School.
Jennifer de Klerk is editor of Artslink.co.za. For more information on these shows and other events nationwide see www.artslink.co.za