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May 27, 2014

Your Guide to Red Hot Winter Entertainment in Cape Town: What to see and do this chilly season

The Mother City's funny local man Alan Committie will warm you up with his hilarious one man show, Defending the Caveman at the Theatre on the Bay in Cape Town this winter. Image courtesy of www.4.bp.blogspot.com

So, it’s winter in Cape Town and you think it’s time to hibernate indoors, right? Wrong, my friends, not when there is just so much on offer in the Mother City!

Look, I love snuggling under a warm, thick blanket with or without a special someone in front of a roaring fire as much as the next girl but this chilly season, our hometown has some thrilling musicals, exhibitions, events and more on the bill and you just can’t miss out.

Shrug off those bed slippers, get on your sexy dancing boots and join me at the following red hot shows this winter:

Theatre on the Bay:

Location: 1a Link Street, Camps Bay
Contact:  +27 (0)21 438 3301
Website: www.theatreonthebay.co.za

Defending the Caveman

The insanely funny and talented Alan Committie returns to the impressive Theatre on the Bay with his legendary one-man show, Defending the Caveman, for its run!

This show makes for great date night entertainment as it explores the complex differences between men and women.

Date: 27 to 31 May
Contact: +27 (0)861 915 8000
Website: www.computicket.com

Vettie Vettie - Met Tobie Cronjé

Renowned thespian Tobie Cronje heads up a cast of amazing performers in this side-splitting Afrikaans version of “My Fat Friend”, a tale of one young curvaceous woman’s determination to lose the puppy fat, claim the man of her dreams and get her best friend to stop cooking such delicious gourmet meals.

Date: 4 to 21 June
Contact: +27 (0)861 915 8000
Website: www.computicket.com

Andre the Hilarious Hypnotist

South Africa’s mystical, comical and entertaining persuader of note Andre is back this winter, keen to make you jump around on stage at the snap of a finger!

Date: 24 June to 5 July
Contact: +27 (0)861 915 8000
Website: www.computicket.com

Richard’s Supper Stage&Bistro:

Location: Main Road, Sea Point
Contact: +27 (0) 76 144 4809
Website: www.richardscapetown.co.za

The Love Killers

Got a thing for good food, ghoulish entertainment and murderous fancy dress?

You’ll love this Assassin-themed murder mystery dinner, trying to solve the mysterious death of Sophia Donaldson’s ex-fiancé, in the lethally entertaining setting of Richard’s Supper Stage.

Date: 6 June
Contact: +27(0)84 993 8040
Website: www.bepartofthemystery.com

Jou Ma Se Comedy Club at the Pumphouse:

Location:  The Pumphouse, V&A Waterfront
Contact: +27 (0) 76 144 4809
Website: www.joumasecomedy.com

Laugh yourself warm this chilly season with the ridiculously funny and oh-so-gorgeous guys and girls at Jou Ma Se Comedy every night of the week.

With comedy heavyweights Nik Rabinowitz and Martin Evans, alongside newbies Dalin Oliver and Nkosinathi Maki, this is winter warming entertainment at its best!

The Galloway Theatre:

Location:  Waterfront Theatre School, V&A Waterfront
Contact: +27(0)21 418 4600
Website: www.waterfronttheatreschool.co.za

Understudy Blues

The vivacious Candice van Litsenborgh sheds a hilarious but nonetheless tear-jerking light on the life of the perpetual understudy in this must-see production.

Date: 27 to 31 May

Irit Noble in Cabaret

The charismatic performer Irit Noble makes a welcome return to the stage after a long absence in this showcase of songs performed over her 25 years in the South African entertainment spotlight.

Date: 11 to 21 June

Alexander Bar Upstairs:

Location: 76 Strand Street. City Centre
Contact: +27 (0)21 300 1088
Website: www.alexanderbar.co.za


Nominated for Best Writing and Best Actor at the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 2012, this incredible production starring Oskar Brown and Nicholas Campbell follows one man’s life, loves and losses.

Date: 27 May to 7 June

The Belgian

Charmingly peculiar performer Gaëtan Schmid entertains you with his humorous perspective on body language, life as a new Capetonian and more.

Date: 9 to 14 June

Artscape Theatre:

Location: DF Malan Street, Foreshore
Contact: +27 21 410 9800
Website: www.artscape.co.za


The classical production, Traviata will be performed by the Italian dance company, Artemis Danza at the impressive Artscape Theatre this June.

Date: 5 June
Contact: +27 (0)861 915 8000
Website: www.computicket.com


Your little ones will love seeing their beloved fairytale character Noddy and his Toyland friends come to life in this winter school holiday production.

Date: 28 June to 12 July
Contact: +27 (0)861 915 8000
Website: www.computicket.com

Cape Town International Convention Centre:

Location:  1 Lower Long Street. Foreshore
Contact: +27 (0)21 410 5000
Website: www.cticc.co.za

Tori Amos Live

This red-haired singing dynamo will be welcomed back to the CTICC’s stage for two nights only. Come and sing along to songs off her new album, Unrepentant Geraldines.

Date: 29 to 30 June
Contact: +27 (0)861 915 8000
Website: www.computicket.com

The Fugard Theatre:

Location: Caledon Street, District Six
Contact: +27(0)21 461 4554
Website: www.thefugard.com

Same Time Next Year

This heart-breaking tale of a 25 year love affair, as portrayed by Paul Du Toit and Julie Hartley is a must-see at the Fugard this June.

Date: 17 to 28 June
Contact: +27 (0)861 915 8000
Website: www.computicket.com

The Shadow of the Hummingbird

Iconic theatrical legend Athol Fugard takes to the planks at his namesake for the first time in 15 years in this play about overcoming generational gaps through love.

Date: 10 to 26 July
Contact: +27 (0)861 915 8000
Website: www.computicket.com

The Rocky Horror Show

Break out those fishnet stockings, feather boas and risqué costumes … Dr Frank-n-Furter and his crazy mob are back for a second Capetonian run of Time Warp madness!

Date: 22 July – 2 November
Contact: +27 (0)861 915 8000
Website: www.computicket.com

Rosebank Theatre:

Location: 16 Alma Road, Rosebank
Contact: +27(0)74 101 5066
Website: www.rosebanktheatre.com

Fergus of Galloway

The acclaimed Scottish musical, Fergus of Galloway, will be performed for the first time in Africa at the quaint Rosebank Theatre this chilly season. Expect a cool rearrangement of all of the classic hits with a folk rock and blues feel to them.

Date: 28 May – 28 June

Contact: +27 (0) 0861 22 55 98

Website: www.webtickets.co.za

Baxter Theatre:

Location: Main Road, Rondebosch
Contact: +27 (0) 021 685 7880
Website: www.baxter.co.za

Jive Cape Town Funny Festival

Now in its 10th year, the popular annual Festival is back to tickle your funny bones with a fantastic line-up of performers including the talented Shaleen Surtie Richards as MC, local superstars Trevor Noah, Marc Lottering and Riaad Moosa and international headliners Kev Orkian and Felicity Ward.

Date: 27 May – 22 June
Contact: +27 (0)861 915 8000
Website: www.computicket.com

Kaapse Stoep Stories with Alistair Izobell

The fabulous Alistair Izobell takes you on a musical and often amusing tale of stories of our lives on the tip of Africa.

Date: 17 June – 5 July
Contact: +27 (0)861 915 8000
Website: www.computicket.com

Oscar and the Lady in Pink

Well-known South African actress Sandra Prinsloo shines in this endearing tale of a young cancer patient, Oscar, and Aunt Rose, who guides him with humour and imagination through his last days.

Date: 29 July – 23 August
Contact: +27 (0)861 915 8000
Website: www.computicket.com

Masque Theatre:

Location: 37 Main Road, Muizenberg
Contact: +27(0)21 788 1898
Website: www.masquetheatre.co.za

The Hollow

This rendition of Agatha Christie's "The Hollow", directed by debut director Liz Roodt, follows the intricate romantic liaisons of an upper crust family in the post-WWII period, culminating in the ultimate murder mystery.

Date: 6 to 21 June
Email: bookings@masquetheatre.co.za

Kalk Bay Theatre:

Location:  Main Road, Kalk Bay
Contact: +27(0) 79 361 8275
Website: www.kalkbaytheatre.co.za

The Snow Goose

The magical tale of  how a wounded, storm tossed snow goose brings a young girl, Fritha, and the recluse Philip Rhayader together for love and courage comes to life at the Kalk Bay Theatre.

Date: 5 – 28 June

Are You Kidding?

He’s absolutely gorgeous as Brad in the Rocky Horror Show but away from the stage Paul Du Toit is just your average dad. Join him on his comical retrospective of what’s it like to be the “man-parent”.

Date:  9 June

The Agony & The Ecstasy Of Steve Jobs

Date: 13 to 24 August

Get an insider’s look into just who the enigmatic Steve Jobs was and what drove him to build an empire that had such a profound effect on the world.

Keen to grab a meal somewhere offbeat? Check out our list of unique restaurants in Cape Town or grab a quirky cocktail at these hotspots.


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