Madame Zingara’s Theatre of Dreams really is everything you have heard that it is: a magical, fantastical, theatrical show which is really a cut above almost everything else on offer in South Africa.
The premise is that of a travelling circus set in an antique, mirrored tent that seems to be straight out of the movies. It is a ‘supper theatre’ format but calling this a supper theatre is like calling the Eiffel Tower an expo exhibit. The food is excellent and has gained a reputation for being some of the best fare available in the country. Groups are seated in booths or at tables around the circular tent and you are assigned a waiter who is dressed in fancy dress and is an entertainer in their own right. Many people come to the blog for some guidance on what to wear to Madame Zingara. The answer is honestly, anything really. There are people who are dressed in costume and others who go smart casual with a hat or feather boa, the choice is yours. If you arrive and feel a little under-dressed, you can always buy a wearable souvenir or two to spice up your outfit from the Bijoux Boutique.
The show itself is in the vein of Cirque du Soleil with amazing feats of courage and flexibility supported by rousing music and brilliant lighting. The show itself is only part of the theatre and there are lots of fun, quirky side shows going on for those who are observant. Prepare to shriek and giggle and sing out load. This is not for stick-in-the-muds!
That’s all I am going to say about Madame Zingara until I have been on 3 October (yes, you have to book early!) but I will check in again then. For more information about the other two shows see my older posts here and here and excuse the effusive praise – my delight could possibly have been more delicately communicated so please excuse my over-enthusiasm.
Tickets for the 2012 Madame Zingara run (starting on September 11) are between R410 and R495 depending on where you are seated, which includes food but not drinks. They require R210 per person as a deposit and the rest of the ticket price plus the drinks must be settled on the night.
See www.madamezingara.com for full information. The website itself is quite a treat…
Pictures, except the first, courtesy of the Madame Zingara website.