One of my very first blog posts was about the fantastic, magical evening we had at Madame Zingara’s Theatre of Dreams in 2008. Reading it now, I felt that maybe I went a bit overboard about the experience but looking at the photographs again, I remembered just how amazing the evening was and realised that my gushing, awestruck post was probably spot on.

Imagine my delight, then, when I discovered that Madame Zingara is back in Durban from 1 June when the tent will be set up and ready for (show) business at Suncoast Casino.

You may be under the impression that Madame Zingara is an over-priced supper theatre. You would be mistaken. Even if the experience were about just the supper and the show, both are superb. I am not a foodie but I was really impressed with the 3 -course meal, as were all my friends, and I hope that the chocolate-chilli steak lives up to my very favourable description in the last Zingara post! The show was one of the best I have seen. It is a cross between a Cirque du Soleil and a Parisienne cabaret and the combination means there is something for everyone in the audience. There is, however, much more to Madame Zingara than dinner and a show: the exotic setting of a mirrored tent, the opulent decor, the costumes, make-up and frequent surprises which keep you guessing and engaged throughout the evening make this an inimitable evening.

I think that, looking back, the fact that I was as excited as a Matric at the Dance is that there is that same sense of magic and the unexpected at Madame Zingara as there is at a ball. The attention to detail is unparalleled and the atmosphere generated by a crowd of people all dressed up and expecting a wonderful evening is electric.

There are few experiences that rival Madame Zingara in South Africa and I couldn’t recommend the experience more. Tickets are from R350 – R450, depending on where you sit, and include a 3 -course meal (which is really excellent) and the 2 ½ hour show which is a real treat for the senses.

If you do go, make sure that you really get into the spirit of things and dress up or at the very least wear a hat, mask or feather boa, otherwise you will find yourself parting with some cash at the shop filled with dress up goodies galore.

More more information see www.madamezingara.com or phone 0861 623263 ( 0861 MADAME) for bookings.

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