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 or phone 0861 623263 ( 0861 MADAME) for bookings.