The Mother City is a hub of creativity and our theatres are no exception. From the Artscape to the Fugard to the Baxter – Capetonians are spoilt for choice when it comes to legendary productions. Here is your guide to must-see shows for 2020:

1. Kinky Boots (Showing at The Fugard Theatre until February 2, 2020)

This spectacular, five-star production is a must-see for anyone with eyes and ears. The performance will leave you in stitches of laughter and floods of tears. Inspired by true events, this performance of Kinky Boots is out-of-this-world incredible. From the sensational singing, to the dazzling dancers, this show is choreographed to perfection. I was captivated the entire time and was so sad when it ended. The final performance is on February 2 and I urge you to book tickets immediately. You’ll be doing yourself a favour.


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2. “Master Harold”… and the Boys (Showing at The Fugard from 4 February 2020)

To celebrate the 10th birthday of The Fugard Theatre, Eric Abraham will be bringing Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold” … and the Boys to the Studio Theatre stage. If you haven’t seen it, now is your chance. Set in Port Elizabeth in 1950, this coming-of-age story explores the friendship between a young white boy and the two adult black men he has grown up around in apartheid South Africa.


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3. The Mother City Comedy Festival (Showing at the Baxter Theatre from February 11 to 29, 2020)

Returning for its second year, the Mother City Comedy Festival is perfect for those looking for a good laugh. Celebrating stand-up comedy and showcasing many comedy styles, this three week festival will see more than 45 comedians performing in over 40 shows. There will be two shows daily and three on weekends, allowing everyone to get in on the gag.


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4. Swan Lake – St Petersburg Ballet Theatre (Showing at the Artscape from April 8, 2020)

Traditional Russian Ballet set in the heart of the Mother City is a surreal experience. Swan Lake is Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet show that has graced world’s stages. Having seen the show in 2015 at the Artscape, I can attest to the beauty and sophistication that this elegant and timeless performance showcases. If you are a fan of the ballet, this show simply has to be on your calendar.


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5. Three Blind Mice (Showing at Gate69 on Bree Street until February 1, 2020)

The performances at Gate69 breathe new life into the words “dinner and a show.” Currently showing, is Gate69’s adult version of Three Blind Mice: “We’re going to stop you right there. These mice don’t run – they’re wearing heels for heaven’s sake! They’re also seven feet tall and foul mouthed, so you can take that sweet little nursery rhyme and throw it out with the baby’s bath water!” says the website. Full of pizazz, wit and charm, The Trolley Dollies will blow your mind with their spectacular drag performance.

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Article written by

Imogen Searra