What Is It?

Enjoy some jazz and an unforgettable performance in Verlaine McCann's Wonderland Through The Looking Glass.

From the fabulous costumes to the sharp movements, you won't forget this.

When Is It?

Saturday, 25 April 2020 at 17:00 PDT.

Where Is It?

Online, click here.

How Much Is It?

Free.

For More Information

For more information, click here.

Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

Montecasino, Gauteng’s premier entertainment destination, is delighted to share its spectacular line up with you so that you don’t miss out! From musicians to motocross, from comedy to blockbuster movies – there’s something for everyone!

Lighthouse Family in SA 

British musical duo, Lighthouse Family, will be touring South Africa in March for the very first time – catch them at the Teatro from Friday, 20 March to Sunday, 22 March 2020! Take a trip down Memory Lane with all their smash hits including Raincloud, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be, High, Lifted and many more! Tickets are from R595 per person excluding your Rewards discount. Saturday, 21 March is already sold out so there’s no time to waste! Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime concert!

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Anyone Can Win at Montecasino!

You CAN win loads of cash, a trip to Italy or a favolosa Ferrari in the Anyone Can Win a Ferrari promotion! The next draw, set for Sunday 29 March 2020, will see one lucky winner leave Montecasino with a magnificent trip to Italy for four! The following draw is scheduled for Sunday 26 April 2020 – where you can win a stash of cash. Simply accumulate receipts to the value of R500 at any of Montecasino’s restaurants, stores, bars, theatres, movies, hotels or entertainment facilities to get one entry into the draws.

A Brat Pack with a Big Band

Reminisce with A Brat Pack with a Big Band. The original Brat Pack, which included icons such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, created the most memorable music of our time. For one night only at Montecasino, their legacy will be honoured by modern day musical icons such as Ard Matthews (Just Jinjer), Arno Carstens (Springbok Nude Girls), Loyiso Bala and Ross Learmonth (Prime Circle), in an unforgettable collaboration with the 17-piece ‘Johannesburg Big Band’, conducted by Adam Howard. A Brat Pack with a Big Band will perform some of the biggest swing classics such as New York, New York, I’ve Gotta Be Me, Mack the Knife, Mr Bojangles, My Way and more, for one night only on Friday 27 March 2020!

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Alice in Wonderland

Experience Lewis Carroll's much-loved classic – Alice in Wonderland – come to life in this spectacular new production, devised and directed by Neka da Costa. Follow the white rabbit and come face to face with the blue caterpillar and the grinning Cheshire cat. Have tea with the maddening Mad Hatter and play croquet with the tricky Queen of Hearts. Watch the impossible come to life from Thursday 27 February 2020 to Sunday 22 March 2020 at the Pieter Torien Theatre!

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The Producers

Based on the hilarious 1967 film, Mel Brooks’ The Producers is a laugh out-loud, outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical-comedy that has been a smash-hit since its 2001 debut. The central plot sees fading Broadway producer, Max Bialystok (played by Alan Committie), desperate to get to the top of his profession again, and finds an unlikely ally in mousy accountant, Leo Bloom (played by Richard White), who predicts that one could make far more money with a flop of a show than with a hit. Together, the two set out to produce the worst musical ever to hit Broadway. With no shortage of show-stopping musical numbers, and Brooks’ signature humour keeping audiences in stitches, The Producers is definitely far from a flop. The Producers runs at the Pieter Toerien Theatre from Friday 03 April 2020 until Sunday 31 May 2020.

For Two Shows Only, Christina Bianco Comes to Montecasino

This talented singer, performer, entertainer and impressionist – Christina Bianco – has performed on Ellen DeGeneres and other major US and British television talk shows. Dubbed ‘the girl of a thousand voices’, her singular voice and comedic charm have brought audiences around the world to their feet. Bianco captured international acclaim as a YouTube sensation with her “diva” impression videos, gaining over 25 million views. And for the first time, she is coming to Montecasino for two shows only on Saturday 11 April 2020.

Me, Myself & Everyone Else is a highly entertaining unique solo show featuring great songs, musical comedy and impressions of pop culture personalities and iconic vocalists such as Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Adele, Ariana Grande and many more. Don’t miss powerhouse entertainer, Christina Bianco, live on stage at the Teatro with special guest artist, Craig Urbani.

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Movies Galore!

Check out the list of nail-biting, heart-wrenching, thought-provoking, hilariously funny blockbusters releasing at [email protected] Montecasino during March and April:

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A Feast of Fun for Easter!

Easter is all about chocolate eggs and family fun. Why not take your little ones to Montecasino to enjoy a colourful assortment of exciting inflatables daily from Friday 10 April 2020 to Monday 13 April 2020. Gates open at 09:30 and close at 18:30.

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3SIXTY – Where The Vibe Is

This trendy nightspot brings local live music to the stage every Friday and Saturday night, served along with 3SIXTY’s now-famous bespoke cocktail menu, exceptional selection of meals and sharing options, dancing, beautiful people and more.

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King of the Whip

The adrenaline-fuelled action sports event, King of the Whip, will be moving to its new home and taking over Montecasino’s Outdoor Event Area on Saturday 18 April 2020. Top motocross and freestyle motocross athletes from SA will be battling it out for a share of the prize purse and the thrill of being crowned King of the Whip! Gates open at 14:00 with proceedings set to kick off at 16:00 and continue into the evening as the final showdown takes place under the night lights. Tickets are available for R50 (standing) and R80 (grandstand seating) at Quicket.co.za. Food and beverages will be on sale at the event.

For More Information

For more information on the above promotions and Montecasino, visit www.tsogosun.com/montecasino or their Facebook page.

You can also contact them on 011 510 7000.

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What Is It?

Pieter Toerien Productions bring you Lewis Caroll's classic fairy tale live on stage. Alice In Wonderland will enchant audiences young and old as the curious Alice follows the hurried White Rabbit into Wonderland. Watch in awe as she discovers all things weird and wonderful. This great family fun classic is the perfect treat for little ones, so book tickets as soon as you can!

When Is It?

Thursday, 27 February 2020 - Sunday, 22 March 2020.

Where Is It?

Pieter Toerien Studio Theatre, Montecasino, 1 Montecasino Blvd, Fourways, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R130 - R180 per person. Book yours here.

For more information

Visit the Pieter Toerien Productions website for more information.

Details: 011 511 1988 | [email protected]

What Is It?

Young and old are invited to put on their maddest hat and join the Mad Hatter's Tea Party by Picnics in the Park (#PiP).

The popular annual event is themed around Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale, Alice in Wonderland, and challenges guests’ creativity to dress as their favourite character from the book.

People dressed up in costumes for a Mad Hatter's Tea Party

An Outdoor Spectacular

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." - The White Queen

This unique outdoor experience will draw its audience in with shrill exclamations of “Off with their heads!” echoing across Riversands Farm Village as a game of Human Chess gets underway.

A Hat Parade, Best Dressed competitions, a Chocolate Hunt and a host of other surprises will also leave attendees grinning like a Cheshire Cat as things become "Curiouser and curiouser!"

"'And what is the use of a book,' thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversation?'"

The event will screen all of the essential movies on a big outdoor screen: Alice in Wonderland (1951), Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Into the Looking Glass (2016).

Appealing to young and old and everyone in between, the Mad Hatter's Tea Party by #PiP is sure to be a fun-filled outing for the whole family.

People dressed up in costumes for a Mad Hatter's Tea Party

A Labour of Love

“The Picnics in the Park series turns five this year, and we’re celebrating by throwing Johannesburg its best Mad Hatter's Tea Party yet. The event is one of our most popular themes within the series and we look forward to entertaining long-time fans and new supporters alike,” says Leone Amon of Amon Events International, an award-winning events company.

Amon, creator of the #PiP brand and coordinator of its annual festivities, is known for developing exceptionally immersive experiences. From captivating props to dazzling sets, and glittering costumes to intriguing activities, her attention to detail ensures audiences remain deeply engaged.

People dressed up in costumes for a Mad Hatter's Tea Party

A Record-Breaking Event

The best way to explain it is to do it.” - The Dodo

The 2017 Mad Hatter's Tea Party made its mark on the global stage by setting the Guinness World Record for the most people dressed as Alice in Wonderland characters in one place at the same time.

This year, #PiP has decided to brew up some friendly rivalry between Joburg and Cape Town (whose own Mad Hatter's Tea Party falls on 28 March 2020) in an attempt to better last year’s Guinness record.

“Only one city can win the title for the most people dressed as Alice in Wonderland characters in one place,” says Amon. “So we’re challenging Joburgers to bring their family and friends for support, all dressed up in their maddest hats, dandiest costumes and craziest makeup. Be sure to follow us on social media and our website for rules, inspiration and creative ideas.”

A Dedication

This year’s event is held in loving memory of Heila Killian (1955-2018), who won the Best Dressed award for her Queen of Hearts costume in 2017.

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Heila Killian (1955 – 2018)

When Is It?

Saturday, 04 April 2020 from 12:00 - 18:00.

Where Is It?

Riversands Farm Village, Rose Road, Knopjeslaagte, Midrand, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

Tickets to the event can be purchased online from Quicket, but book now because they might be gone quicker than you can say “Jabberwocky”. Early bird specials are available.

Tickets cost:

Get your tickets online at Quicket.

Guests can also “DO GOOD FOR A TICKET’. There are 200 tickets allocated at a discounted price and the full proceeds will be donated to a local charity that provides shelter and support to abused women and children. In addition, 100 tickets are also available whereby guests can earn their entrance by donating items listed below, matching the value of the ticket. These goods will be delivered to the refuge on their behalf. “Do Good For a Ticket” and “Donate Tickets” are available on Quicket.

Donations will be made to Bethany Home. Items for donation: Stationery.

Lastly, a limited number of free passes are available to those wishing to volunteer their services to assist coordinators with various duties on the day.

Reduced prices are available for persons with special needs and their caregivers, and toddlers under two enter for free.

Watch:

https://www.facebook.com/PicnicsInTheParkSA/videos/559041208155748/

For More Information 

Click here for more information about this event.

Details: WhatsApp - 076 892 2535 | [email protected]

Follow them on social media for the latest news and information:

#PiP #PicnicsinThePark #picnicsinthepark #MHTP #Madhattersteaparty #MadHatters #BeaconChocolateHunt #Beacon

Exclusive Books

If it's beautifully bound classic books you are looking for, then head out to your nearest Exclusive Books. Their stores offer both Classic titles and Neo-Classic novels from the world's favourite authors. From Edgar Allan Poe, to the Brontës, Jane Austen, Sylvia Plath and Kurt Vonnegut. You can find almost any genre of classic here too. So, whether you are a horror fanatic, romance lover or sci-fi fundi, there should be a classic for you. This is the perfect place to get lost in a world of words and poetry.

Click here for more information.

Kalahari Books

Kalahari Books in Orange Grove specialise in out of print fiction and non-fiction titles. This Victorian-style library-cum-book club offers avid readers the opportunity to pick up long-lost novels, plays and collectibles. Their main passion is theatre, poetry and classic literature, as well as bringing you titles by forgotten popular authors, including the likes of George Bernard Shaw. If you are looking for something really special to gift a book loving friend or family member, then Kalahari Books should be your first stop.

Click here for more information.

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Estoril Books

Estroil Books has three branches located in Johannesburg. Our favourite is the newly relaunched store at Fourways Mall. The most extensive and well-organised of the branches, this is a book lover's paradise. Their classic books section is wide ranging, stocking not just the most popular novels by famous authors, but entire collections of their work and a few obscure titles. Estoril Books is also relatively one of the most affordable mainstream retailers for classic novels. They often host half-off sales too, so be sure to pop by on your next trip to Fourways Mall.

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Bookdealers

Bookdealers have been gifting readers with collectible editions for over 30 years. With five stores around the city, they are easily accessible. Plus, their staff are always willing to lend their knowledge in the search for that perfect classic. Bookdealers also stocks a couple of rare inscribed copies of non-fiction and fiction titles, especially by South African authors. This is the book store to visit for students too, as you can find set works at bargain prices, covering a range of subjects including, poetry, drama, English literature, psychology and history. So, what are you waiting for? Give Bookdealers a call!

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Bargain Books

Another great book store for classic books at discount prices is Bargain Books. Many a time we have scooped up three titles for the price of two at their Greenstone store. Mostly available in paperback editions, these classics may not look the prettiest, but it's the magnificence of words and story that we are after. Bargain Books is also an excellent kiddies book store to let the little ones browse around. Catering to new parents, toddlers and tweens, this is the ideal environment to start introducing classic literature to the kids (besides the library, of course).

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Skoobs Theatre of Books

Now, this is a book lover's ultimate fantasy. Two floors of literary delights - from children's classics to  biographies about your favourite musicians and everything in between. Skoobs Theatre of Books lives up to its name in every respect. Find yourself a quiet corner upstairs on one of their comfy reading chairs and dive into a world very different from the one we live in. English ladies in waiting, swashbuckling pirates, talking daisies and a mischievous boy who never grows up await you. But, the adventure doesn't end there. Tuck into a slice of decadent rainbow cake at the Skoobs Cafe or sip on a glass of Merlot at the upstairs champagne bar. Be warned, you may never want to leave.

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Books Galore

Books Galore deals in second-hand fiction titles for children and adults. Get kiddies books for up to 50% off here, all the while stockpiling your shopping baskets with rare and unique used books. Books Galore also has a children's book club which is free to join for kids of any age. Not only do the little readers in the making receive discounts on their favourite bedtime story books, but they also get Crocky Club Stickers to add to their collections, free activity books, a birthday gift voucher and free delivery when you order three or more books online.

Their range of adult books include must-have South African collectibles. While most of these are non-fiction titles, they are still worth scouring over. Gardeners will be particularly enamored with helpful catalogues on South African species and how and where to plant them.

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Serial Thrillers

Serial Thrillers is relatively new to the book dealing scene, however they sure have made a good impression on us. Situated at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens in Emmarentia, this knickknack store has a collection of true literary relics. Here you can find modern classics such as Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, Hemmingway's The Old Man and the Sea and short stories by the ever eloquent F. Scott Fitzgerald.

But, what makes this store extra special is their collection of comic books. Indulge your inner child with first edition Archie comics, Tintin's Adventures and Asterix and Obelix. There are also the most adorable figurines to go with your new comic collection. Who wouldn't want a mini Tintin anyway? Give this start up book store some love and visit them as soon as possible.

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Do you know of any other great book stores that sell classics in Joburg? Let us know about them! 

The Addams Family

The options for The Addams Family dress up are almost endless, as there are so many fun and quirky characters. From the parents, Moticia and Gomez, to the wacky Grandmama, odd Uncle Fester and furry cousin Itt. Wear a black and white striped suit, with a thin drawn on mustache for Gomez, a tight black dress with a long black wig for Moticia, a black dress with two braids for Wednesday, and don't forget a hand prop to represent Thing!

Frozen

Six years after this Disney movie was released, it still remains a hit for children world wide. And with the much anticipated second movie set to be released in November, 2019, it's bound to become an even bigger hit. Your little ones will be demanding to dress as their favourite characters such as Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and the adorable reindeer, Sven.

The Wizard of Oz

This is a fun dress up for the whole family. Family members can choose to dress as the Wicked Witch, Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, the Wizard of Oz or even as a few Munchkins. You can also include the family dog, as the ever loyal Toto. You can base these costumes on either the original L. Frank Baum book, the 1939 film or the 2013 Oz the great and powerful.

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Alice in Wonderland

Over 150 years later, and this children's book is still a favourite among children and adults alike. Dress up options from this book and film includes the titular character, Alice. Other options are The Red Queen, Mad Hatter, White Queen, The Knave, The March Hare, Absolem, The Cheshire Cat and The White Rabbit. For an extra touch, add decor such as tea cups, bottles with 'Drink Me' labels, 'Eat Me' cakes, mushrooms and pocket watches.

Scooby Doo

Growing up, most of us spent hours sitting too close to the T.V, singing along to the Scooby Doo theme song and wondering who was really the villain. This cartoon has managed to infiltrate all barriers of age, race, class and language. So it makes for a great dress up. Girly ladies will love dressing as Daphne, book nerds will adore being Welma whereas boys will fight over being Fred or Shaggy. There's even room for the family dogs as Scooby and Scrappy Doo. Your family will be sure to score plenty Scooby Snacks while trick or treating.

Pokémon

This is another dress up that will appeal to any family, no matter the size. Mom and Dad can dress up as Ash and Misty. While the kids can dress up as Pokémon. Our favourites include Pikachu, Charmander and Squirtle. If there are other adults or older children in the family, then include Brock, Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny. Alternatively, dress up as the villains, Jesse, James and their Pokémon Meowth. Pregnant mommies can even show off that gorgeous belly by dressing it up as a pokéball.

Minions

For a big group of friends or a large family, there is nothing as fun to dress up as than minions! All you need is a lot of yellow body paint and overalls. Halloween costumes, sorted. Not only is this incredibly easy, but it is also loads of fun. You can spend all night speaking gibberish and laughing ominously. Members of the family can also dress up as Gru, Dr Nefario, Margo, Agnes, Edith and Lucy.

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Hansel and Gretel

This fairy tale about kids finding, and eating, a house made of candy makes an ironic Halloween costume idea. For this, one family member can dress as the evil witch, two others as Hansel and Gretel and someone can even dress as a house made of candy. All this entails is a witch's costume (a green mask, long black dress and witch hat), a red t-shirt with denim overall for Hansel and a dirndl (German dress) for Gretel. For the candy house costume, simply construct a box shape with roof, out of cardboard and glue on an assortment of candy.

The Avengers

Do your little ones love superheroes and villains? Then why not dress up as their favourite Marvel characters? The family can be their own heroes by dressing up as The Avengers. Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider Man, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Hulk are just some of the characters you can dress up as. Alternatively, go as the Guardians of the Galaxy and dress up as Starlord, Gamora, Rocket or Groot.

Justice League

Not on team Marvel? Prefer DC Comics? Well then dress the family up as Batman, Superman, Lois Lane, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, The Flash and Aquaman. Harley Quinn, The Joker, Green Lantern, Cat Woman, Poison Ivy, Bane, Mr Penguin and Supergirl are other characters from the DC Comics universe that are great to dress up as.

The Justice League

Now that you know what you and your family will be dressing up as this Halloween, you'll need to find costume rental stores. Don't worry, we've got you covered. Check out where to get your Halloween costumes here.