Durban has an illustrious theatrical history dating back almost a century to the establishment of The Playhouse Theatre in town. Some of my happiest, most excited childhood memories are of dressing up to go to see a show at The Playhouse or The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at the university. Even more exciting was actually being in the show!

I still love the theatre today; the dimming of the lights, the orchestra warming up with those full-bodied sounds that catch your heart and pull it up into your throat, the sweeping rise of the curtain… Christmas time is one of the busiest seasons in show biz and 2010 has plenty to offer Durban audiences.

These are some of the shows I won’t be missing:

Cinderella  The Cape Town City Ballet’s performance of this award-winning production is on at the Playhouse from 19 – 24 November. One of my favourite fairytales, as a ballet, Cinderella has it all: beautiful costumes, wonderful dancing, comedy and romance. An added bonus is that the show will be performed to live accompaniment by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra which is always a treat. Book early as this is a show which will sell-out!Tickets from the Box Office (031 – 369 9596) or from computicket .

Bend it like Beauty Ben Voss’ highly acclaimed one-man show is on this weekend at the new-ish Stirling Theatre at the Italian Club in Fairway, Durban North. Voss’ alter-ego Beauty Ramapelepele has some hilarious insights into life in the Rainbow Nation and in particular, the World Cup. A hugely entertaining night out. See www.stirlingtheatre.co.za for more information.

The Happy Clapper One of Durban’s most beloved comedians, Aaron McIllroy, is performing his brand-new show at The Elizabeth Sneddon from Thursday until 28 November. The show has already courted some controversy as it deals with debunking the myths surrounding born-again Christians through three characters’ perspectives on the Bible and religion. First up is Rabbi Joel Lipshitz who deals with the Old Testament followed by Gary van Vuuren from the bluff who takes us on a layman’s journey through the New Testamant and to finish off the trio is Veejay, who deals with some of the Public Relations issues facing Christianity today. Sure to be good fun, and Aaron assures us that there is no mockery or blasphemy here – he is simply out to debunk some of the myths he has encountered being a committed Christian himself.

 

Peter Pan  The festive season would not be complete without the traditional pantomime and this year it is an adults-only version of Peter Pan. Playing at the Musgrave Theatre at Musgrave Centre from 9 November to 31 December, it promises to be full of fun and innuendo. For bookings call Ailsa ON 083 250 2690 or email heron ailswn@mweb.co.za.

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