JCT Goes Virtual
Joburg City Theatres comprise of Joburg Theatre, Roodepoort Theatre and Soweto Theatre. As three of the largest and most popular theatre venues in Gauteng, they bring audiences the very best in family-friendly, big-budget theatre year round. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the national lockdown, these world-class venues have had to temporarily close their doors. While this is disappointing for ticket holders and regular patrons, it may prove devastating for the theatre’s staff, artists and crew. Nevertheless, Joburg City Theatres have stepped up to the plate, bringing you a selection of their best loved productions online during lockdown!
At the start of lockdown, Joburg City Theatres debuted the #JCTSoloCreativeChallenge, calling on artists, theatre makers and directors to deliver content online, just for you. The theatres then dug into their archives to find live recordings of their best shows to stream online. So far we’ve seen Janice Honeyman’s Snow White the Pantomime, The KZN Heritage Ensemble, Joburg Ballet’s Carmen, Verdi’s La Traviata and the National School of the Arts production of Gibson Kente’s Too Late.
What’s Up Next?
Joburg City Theatres have committed to bringing you weekly shows in lockdown. On Tuesday, 19 May 2020, they teased at their next online screening over social media, sending out hints and clues to their followers. Now, it has officially been announced that Joburg Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty is heading to the virtual stage!
“The grandest of all ballet classics comes to life in the production of The Sleeping Beauty. Cursed as a baby by a malevolent force, Princess Aurora is doomed to die when she reaches 16 by pricking her finger on a spindle. But a kindly spirit intervenes,” Joburg City Theatres wrote.
The Sleeping Beauty debuted as Joburg Ballet’s first production for their 2019 season. It received stellar reviews from critics and seasoned ballet goers alike. Backed by the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, this is definitely one you won’t want to miss!
Show your support for Joburg City Theatres and Joburg Ballet during these difficult times. While their online programming is free to watch, you can help keep them alive and thriving by starting online conversations about your favourite shows. And if you simply cannot wait to settle into those classic red theatre seats again, purchase a Joburg City Theatres voucher from Webtickets to use after lockdown has ended!
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It's a #throwbackthursday and the grandest of all ballet classics comes to life in Joburg Ballet's production of The Sleeping Beauty. – – Cursed at her christening by a malevolent force, Princess Aurora is doomed to die when reaches the age of sixteen by pricking her finger on a spindle. But a kindly spirit intervenes: the Princess does not die but falls into a deep sleep from which she is awakened a hundred years later by a Prince’s kiss. – – The leading roles are danced by guest artists Anaïs Chalendard @anais.chalendard and Florimond Lorieux @florimondlorieux – the full company of Joburg Ballet is onstage and Tchaikovsky's magnificent score is played by the @johannesburgphilharmonic Orchestra conducted by @brandon.w.phillips.39 – – Join us this evening at 18h00 SAST via the @joburgtheatre channel on YouTube. The screening is FREE and the link will only be valid from 18h00 to 21h00. Tonight will only be Prologue and Act 1 while Acts 2 and 3 will be screened on Friday evening at the same time. We will repeat these again on Saturday and Sunday evening respectively. – – 📸 and 🎥 by @laugesorensen – #JoburgBallet #JoburgTheatre #JohanessburgPhilharmonicOrchestra #SupportJoburgBallet #SleepingBeauty #ballet
When Is It?
The Sleeping Beauty will be available to stream from Thursday, 21 May 2020 at 18:00 – 21:00 to Friday, 22 May 2020 at 18:00 – 21:00. The prologue and Act I will be screened on Thursday, 21 May, while Acts II and III will go live on Friday, 22 May. Don’t miss it!
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For More Information
Keep an eye on their social media pages to stay up to date with their lockdown entertainment schedule while you stay safe at home:
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