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January 19, 2011

Thrilling theatre season in the Mother City

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The Taming of the Shrew. Photo courtesy Linette de Kock, PR for Maynardville Open Air Theatre.

This summer, engage your inner thespian with any number of productions, musicals and comedy shows running at major theatres in Cape Town.

The Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch aims to make you laugh until you cry with its sterling selection of comedians each night. Don’t miss the hilarious antics of Kurt Schoonraad in Home Groan and Shimmy Isaacs in Allie Pad Funny Worcester. Isaacs takes audience members on the journey of her humorous rise from a shy smalltown girl to comedic star, while Schoonraad explores recesses of his mind, making for both scary and hilarious results.

Allie Pad Funny Worcester runs in the Baxter’s Golden Arrow Studio until January 21 and Home Groan will be staged from January 18 to 29. Tickets are available at Computicket.

The Artscape Theatre in the city centre will again host the ever-popular Suidoosterfees from January 25 to 30. With heart-wrenching dramas like the award-winning Vaselinetjie, starring soapie and theatre veteran Vinette Ebrahim, and side-splitting comedy acts by Marc Lottering and others, this year’s festival is sure to be entertaining. Tickets for all Suidoosterfees productions are available at Computicket or www.suidoosterfees.co.za.

Die Kaptein se Tier, the first Suidoosterfees production not to be performed at the Artscape Theatre, will run at the Fugard Theatre from January 19 to February 5. In Athol Fugard’s most personal play, you’ll be taken on a young sailor’s voyage of self-discovery and his thoughts, while writing his first novel, on the complex relationship he has with his parents.

Beautiful costumes, elaborate sets and a unique theatrical experience are the highlights of Maynardville Open-Air Theatre’s production of The Taming of the Shrew. Shakespeare’s tale of the headstrong Katherina’s unconventional romance with the fortune-seeking Petruchio is a delight to watch. Pack a picnic and some warm clothing, and take along your sweetheart for the Bard’s version of a romantic comedy. The Taming of the Shrew runs from January 15 to February 19. Book your tickets now at Computicket.

Renowned stage and television actress Michelle Maxwell makes a welcome return to the Kalk Bay Theatre’s stage in the satirical production Hitched, from January 26 to February 26. Starring as serial bride and celebrity Joan Lawson, Maxwell tells audiences the story of a famous mismatched couple whose fake marriage erupts into amusing chaos. Bookings are available at www.kbt.co.za.

Whether it’s laughter, drama or singing you’re after, you’ll find it all in Cape Town this summer.

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