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February 07, 2013

Magical Madame Zingara’s Seaside Spectacular in Cape Town

Be whisked away to a world of fantasy at Madame Zingara's Theatre of Dreams at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Photo courtesy of Madame Zingara

A glimpse behind a magical velvet curtain, a whiff of sea breeze in the air and a feeling deep within your soul that anything is possible… this is what a night at the enchanting Madame Zingara’s Miracle Tour promises – and boy, does it deliver!

The magnificent Theatre of Dreams, in which Madame Zingara is hosted, has been beguiling show-goers with a variety of specialised acts for more than a decade. Produced by Richard Griffin, the theatre has found a new home in Cape Town’s premier seaside shopping centre, the V&A Waterfront, bringing these two Mother City favourites together in a spectacular partnership.

The Miracle Tour, with its ever-changing international cast, is the captivating Madame’s final hurrah before she retires for a much-needed break – but that doesn’t mean the show is any less sparkling.

From the minute you step onto the grounds, you are enveloped in an atmosphere of wonder and magic. Beach house paraphernalia remind you of where you are, but it is the quirkily-dressed characters and the three-tiered velvet interior of the majestic tent that hint at what is in store for you.

The V&A Waterfront and Madame Zingara promise an evening of delight and magic with the Miracle Tour. Photo courtesy of Madame Zingara

Welcome drinks are brought to you by eager waiters, before you are whisked to your table. If you are not yet correctly attired for the evening’s fantastical adventure (and really, you should be, this is the circus after all!), you will find all of the bedazzled masks, feather boas, hats and the like that you need in the Bijoux Boutique, the onsite emporium.

Have your picture taken solo or with the buxom Stella Magaba beneath a rose garland archway, let the face-painters wave their make-up wands over you or have your future read by resident fortune-teller Yvonne.

Guests dressed in their fantastical best for Madame Zingara's Miracle Tour. Photo courtesy of Cape Town Tourism

With the steady beat of the drum, it’s show time! As you laugh out loud at the comical shenanigans of Master of Ceremonies, Mr C; gasp in awe at the dexterity and flexibility of Ziggy, the Mongolian contortionist; gaze in wonder at the airborne antics of Sam, the aerial artist; lust after the Argentinean drummers and enjoy the musicality of vocal group Cathy and the Specifics; your taste buds will be enchanted by the delicious four-course meal served by the easy-on-the-eyes waitrons.

Pose for a pic  solo or with a performer beneath the rose garland archway, for your Madame Zingara keepsake. Photo courtesy of Fazielah Williams

I am still dreaming of the chocolate chilli steak fillet (yes, it is as dangerously decadent as it sounds) but I am told by my fellow diners that the softly cooked Norwegian salmon is as tasty and you simply cannot, I stress this, CANNOT, miss out on the trio of chocolate desserts (chocolate ice-cream, brownie and tiramisu with a brandy kick).

All too soon, this unforgettable evening will come to an end, but the fun continues as the resident DJ works his spin deck wizardry and opens the dancefloor to patrons. You’ll dance and shout to the latest hits and greatest dance classics until the wee hours of the morning.

Aerial artist Sam, with her Spanish-style moves, will enchant you. Photo courtesy of V&A Waterfront

The vocal troupe The Specifics entertain audiences with contemporary and classic numbers. Photo courtesy of Madame Zingara

This was my second visit to the whimsical Theatre of Dreams, and I thought nothing could top last year's experience. But not only did the Madame once again lure me under her spell, she has surpassed all expectations with what is truly a miraculous Tour. The show runs nightly from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Book now at + 27 (0)861 623 263

Win a night with the Madame!

One lucky reader and three friends will win a magical night with Madame Zingara and the V&A Waterfront.

For your chance to win this amazing prize, simply tell us which act you’d be if you were a Madame Zingara performer, and why. Send your entries to fb@capetown.travel by Wednesday 13 February, 2013 at noon. Good luck!

For more wondrous details, visit www.theatreofdreams.madamezingara.com or join the Madame Zingara Facebook fanpage.

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