Entertainment: What’s On At The Theatre

Chommie, let’s do something out of the ordinary this October… Let’s catch these amazing shows now on at theatres around the city.


Joburg Theatre

The Nutcracker

Showing: Friday, 05 October 2018Wednesday, 10 October 2018.

For a family outing with a twist, be sure to catch The Nutcracker – a sparkling treat for the whole family with Joburg Ballet. With an enchanting new production, you can expect exquisite dancing, sumptuous sets and Tchaikovsky’s captivating music played live by the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Choreographed by Angela Malan, former senior principal dance with Joburg Ballet, and based on the original 19th century classic, The Nutcracker will transport audiences to a magical world, as Clara and the Nutcracker Prince journey to the kingdom of sweets, dance through snowflakes, encounter waltzing flowers and meet the Sugar Plum fairy. Tickets are R100 – R238 per person, get yours online.

Poetry Games

Showing: Sunday, 21 October 2018 at 15:00.

The poets are out to play this month, and we are here for it! Join in on the Poetry Dot Slam programme and get the chance to play Poetry Games in teams. Two teams will be comprised of poets from the programme and one of audience members who wish to share in the fun. This is a fun-filled, chilled Sunday afternoon for both poets and poetry lovers alike. Tickets are R50 per person, get yours here!

Poet Teams:

  • Hormones vs Spoken Warriors


  • Alphabets
  • Shelington
  • Scuplture Manniquen Garden

The Market Theatre

BBC Arts Hour On Tour

Showing: Wednesday, 17 October 2018 at 19:30.

BBC World Service’s Arts Hour is on Tour and coming to Johannesburg. The BBC World Service has an audience of 79 million globally, and they’ve traveled around the world to Manila, Addis Ababa, New Orleans and – this month – Jozi! Come along and join in the cultural conversation or just sit back and enjoy the exciting performances and debate as we take the temperature of Johannesburg’s cultural life. Visit this website for more information.

You Fool How Can The Sky Fall

Showing: Thursday, 04 – Sunday, 28 October 2018.

Written by Zakes Mda and directed by James Ngcobo, You Fool How Can the Sky Fall is a nightmarish fantasy set in a fictional African country, somewhere in a dark cell, where the omnipotence of Big Brother looms large, menacingly and ever so treacherously. It appears that despite their imprisonment, the courtier of Ministers accompanying their President, also referred to as “The Wise One, The Chosen”, remain loyal at all cost. At various intervals each member is haunted by the anticipation of being called to the torture chamber, where they are subjected to the worst torture methods imaginable, and where confessions are drawn from them, real or imagined.

While satirical in its approach, this production shows the absurdist nature of a gang of politicians, who are to serve time, as it were, for their misdeeds of corruption, greed, hypocrisy and the betrayal of the general populace that voted them into power.

You Fool How Can the Sky Fall will inspire audiences to reflect on the current state of South African politics, thanks to performances from Nthati Moshesh, Linda Sokhulu, Zola Nombona, Moliehi Makobane, Molefi Monaise, Pulane Sekepe and Zenzo Ngqobe. Visit this website for more information.

The Bioscope Independent Cinema

Classic Movie Club: Halloween (1978)

Showing: Sunday, 14 – Thursday, 18 October 2018.

It is Halloween season after all, right? Well then, don’t chicken out of this one just yet. You owe it to Halloween to watch at least one scary movie! This time around the Bioscope is taking us back to 1978 for the original Halloween! With the eagerly anticipated sequel in cinemas this October, The Bioscope thought it would be a great idea for you to journey back to how it all started. Enjoy the best cult cinema, along with original merchandise, themed food and drinks, and a cinema makeover inspired by the film. Tickets are R40 – R102 per person, click here!

The Colour of Wine

Showing: Friday, 26 October 2018 at 20:00.

You know anything that is directed by Akin Omotoso is bound to be amazing, so go check this one out. The Colour of Wine tells the story of South Africa’s transition to democracy through the lens of the wine industry and the journeys of wine-makers Ntsiki Biyela, Dumisani Mathonsi, Carmen Stevens and Unathi Mantshongo. Woven through their narrative is a cast of rich and colourful characters from the wine community, winemakers, entrepreneurs, drinkers and tasters. Tickets are R50 per person, get yours here!

Soweto Theatre

Ghetto Laughs

The home of premium Township comedy, Ghetto laughs has been bringing you nothing but quality laughs for the past 5 years. At the majestic Soweto Theatre, every last Thursday of the month some of South Africa’s funniest comics gather to bring you chuckles, giggles and lols. Come witness some of the greatest comedy talent in the continent. The line up consists of Thabo Mthimkhulu, Thabang Eugene Ramasenya, Mbali Gudazi and many more. Are we laughing this October or what? Get your tickets for R80 – R100 per person, here!

Poetic Thursdays

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words” – Robert Frost.  Come join in for an incredible poetry session with outstanding spoken word showcases, tongue twisting, word bending magic, enchanting and breathtaking displays of poetry. Featuring an open mic, DJ and exhibitions by some of the country’s leading performers. Visit this website to get your tickets, tickets cost R30 per person.

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