Cape Town is a melting-pot of arts and culture that is underpinned by the city’s undying celebration of the performing arts. There are many theatres in and around Cape Town that have productions running regularly. Let’s take a closer look at some awesome shows set to take the stage in the Mother City.
1. Life & Times of Michael K at The Baxter Theatre
The Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch has played an important part in South Africa’s rich performing arts history, defying censorship during the Apartheid years by putting on sharp-edged, multi-racial performances. Today the Baxter continues this legacy by playing host to cutting-edge local and international productions, including drama, ballet, music, and comedy.
Currently showing at The Baxter until 19 March, is the theatre’s most ambitious and exciting production in recent years. It is the South African premiere of JM Coetzee’s Life & Times of Michael K, adapted for the stage by Lara Foot, in collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company.
This highly anticipated co-production between Theater der Welt Festival, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Baxter Theatre Centre and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, brings together some of South Africa’s most revered, multi-award-winning artists. Read more about this exciting event here, as well as many more must see productions currently showing. Tickets cost R250 and can be purchased here.
2. THE MOST AMAZING SHOW at Kalk Bay Theatre
If you’re in for a night of unruly laughter, then, Kalk Bay Theatre’s THE MOST AMAZING SHOW is the one for you. Corne and Twakkie are coming to the Kalk Bay Theatre with a once off appearance of THE MOST AMAZING SHOW!
The hilarious Corne (Louw Venter) and Twakkie (Rob van Vuuren) started their comedy as a touring stage production, but it soon became so popular that it was turned into a TV show, which enjoyed a cult following. From flippin funny to outright ridiculous, the duo came to be loved (and laughed at) for pulling pranks on people, or each other, with hilarious and unexpected outcomes.
The popularity of the show got both Corne and Twakkie many invites to events, including MC jobs at gigs like Rocking the Daisies, Oppikoppi and the MK Awards.
THE MOST AMAZING SHOW will run from 17 to 19 March with shows at 8:15pm. An added attraction of watching a show at The Kalk Bay Theatre is that dinners may be pre-booked through The Brass Bell Restaurant which also gains you first choice seating in the theatre. Read more here. The show has an age restriction of 16+ and tickets can be purchased here.
3. Giselle at Artscape
An innocent and beautiful peasant girl who loves to dance unsuspectingly falls in love with a philandering nobleman. The nobleman disguises himself as a peasant while pursuing her affections and when the deceit is revealed she is inconsolable. In discovering that he is already betrothed, she dies of a broken heart.
The Cape Town City Ballet will also be welcoming three international guests who will be performing on select nights. Tickets range between R175 and R750 and can be purchased here.
Picture: The Baxter Theatre