Thursday, 15 December 2016 12:51

Men in tights meet babes in pantos

The history of the panto goes back to the Middle Ages, building on Roman theatre and the traditions of Italy's "Commedia dell' Arte", and combining it with European stage traditions as well as Mummers Plays and British Music hall slapstick to produce a own unique form of entertainment that epitomises the pre-Christmas period. It's all about audience participation, rude jokes,…
Thursday, 21 January 2016 16:49

Singin' in the rain

Singin' in the Rain is widely regarded as one of the best musicals of all time - and not just for its toe-tapping tunes. It was also a fascinating insight into the history of the silver screen, the transition between the silent era and the "talkies" and was the MGM production of all time (even if the lead song was…
Monday, 10 November 2014 10:59

Twerking Tinkers, smelly socks and sugar rushes

Peter Pan is a panto with a difference ... a twerking Tinker with a lot of ‘tude, a scratch and sniff card with all the aromas of the panto, a deus ex machina in the form of a Capital Air helicopter suspended from the ceiling, an exploding bomb, the biggest, most piratical villain of them all and the audience doing…
Monday, 28 July 2014 13:06

Spam's never been such fun

The allure of Monty Python has always been lost on me, much like The Goon Show. Until I saw the hilarious production of Spamalot at the Civic Theatre, that is.
Saturday, 24 May 2014 11:50

A few of my favourite things

Anyone who grew up in the 60s can probably sing every word from the musicals of the day: from Mary Poppins through to My Fair Lady and, of course, that perennial favourite The Sound of Music. The latter is such a classic that even Gwen Stefani included the yodelling section from The Lonely Goatherd in one of her songs!
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:58

The blingiest Piano Man ever

My grandfather used to go through several sets of dentures every time he saw American entertainer Liberace on the television ... but there is no denying that this superb pianist was one of the greatest showmen of the 20th century.
Saturday, 01 March 2014 08:48

Zingara in the City of Gold

Is it a circus? Is it a restaurant? No, it's Madame Zingara and the Theatre of Dreams, a meld of fairground fantasy, a travelling dinner extravaganza and "wild fin-de-siecle nightlife"!
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 12:43

Genius in a bottle

A good pantomime should always contain vital, failproof ingredients: a dame of supernatural ugliness, a horrid villain who loves the "boos", a strong and gorgeous hero and a pretty heroine that the audience falls head over heels in love with. Mix in spectacular sets, a comedy followed by a crisis, lovers who are star crossed but encounter a happy ending,…
Thursday, 07 March 2013 09:31

A time for everything

The Chaplin family tree has many branches and its roots firmly in theatrical soil. One of the fruits produced by that soil is actress-producer Carmen Chaplin, daughter of Michael Chaplin who in turn was the son of Oona and Charlie Chaplin.
Saturday, 12 May 2012 12:10

So in love ... with the ballet

Traditionally the lines of ballet are lyrical, pure and classical, but the talented Robin van Wyk of the Cape Town Ballet Company likes to push the envelope. He recently put his own dynamic spin on some of Cole Porter's best loved songs, with a production featuring classical ballet, jazz and tap, and is currently choreographing a production of Peter Pan.…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 13:25

The stylish Richard E Grant

Richard E Grant has captured the popular imagination with his startlingly blue eyes, freckles and ectomorphic energy since his first movie appearance in Withnail & I in 1987, when he was immediately catapulted into the international limelight. This distinguished actor was also named the patron of a huge three-day musical extravaganza, the MTN Bushfire Festival which was on in Swaziland…
Thursday, 08 March 2012 10:14

Jonathan Roxsmouth - superstar

Backstage in the dressing room of the Phantom himself ... and before my eyes the face of Jonathan Roxsmouth, the brilliant young South African actor who has been getting standing ovations for his performances in The Phantom of the Opera at Montecasino's Teatro, emerges from the shadows older and sadder amid the elaborate costumes, white masks and rows of black hats…
Thursday, 29 September 2011 11:23

She's bold and she's beautiful

Since I met her in 2005 after Tsotsi won an Oscar, actress Terry Pheto has found herself more and more in the spotlight. Her latest coup was landing the part of Evelyn in the Mandela movie, Long Walk to Freedom.
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:50

Hollywood's new hotties

Just who will inherit the crown from Hollywood royalty, the Meryl Streeps and Robert de Niros of the movie industry? There’s a whole new breed of young talented actors and actresses getting kick-ass roles which are shoving them straight into Hollywood’s radar. While European and British stars used to stay away from the blockbuster juggernauts and focus mainly on local…
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 13:39

The Generation Kill guy

Bjorn Jorg Walter Steinbach is a South African actor born in Port Elizabeth who has a few impressive roles behind him in both the movies (he played Corporal Stinetorf in TV mini series Generation Kill and has appeared in The Lost Future, Birth of a Legend, Natalee Holloway and Invictus) and the theatre. In 2011 he was voted Mr December…

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