Whether you're interested in watching a graceful ballet, experiencing a breathtaking opera performance, laughing yourself silly at a hilarious stand-up comedy, or are eager to see a popular production live on stage, Johannesburg is sure to have a show for you at one of its many theatres.

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Theatres in Joburg South
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Theatres in Joburg East
Theatres in Joburg West
Theatres in Joburg Central

Theatres in Joburg South

The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City Casino & Theme Park

Located within the Gold Reef City Casino in Ormonde, is the luxurious 1 100-seater Lyric Theatre. This theatre will give visitors the feeling of the opulence, luxury and grace in Johannesburg with its plush fittings and rich atmosphere. The Lyric Theatre presents guests with top notch entertainment live from their stage, including world-class theatre, performances from local and international musicians, ballet, comedy shows and much more.

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The Soweto Theatre

In the vibrant cultural precinct of Jabulani, the Soweto Theatre provide a platform for up-and coming talent to showcase their arts to the public and grow confidence in their craft. The theatre boasts modern technology and ample room, making it the perfect venue to hire. A lot of shows and events are hosted, so be sure to keep an eye on their social media and website for the latest news and lineup.

Visit the Soweto Theatre.

Soweto Theatre

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Theatres in Joburg North

The Teatro at Montecasino

The Teatro at Montecasino has played host to many world-class shows and performances from some of the best in the theatrical industry. A few worth mentioning includes the internationally acclaimed St Peterburg Ballet, Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show, Katherine Jenkins, and Chris De Burgh. At full capacity, this theatre can accommodate 1 870 people and is considered to be one of the 10 largest Lyric theatres in the world. Be sure to keep an eye out on their websites and social media platforms for upcoming productions.

Visit The Teatro at Montecasino.

The Teatro at Montecasino.

Image of The Teatro from Montecasino.

The Pieter Toerien Theatre & Studio at Montecasino

Accommodating up to 390 people, this small and intimate theatre in Montecasino is the ideal destination for top-notch comedy and live music. Walk into the foyer, and they first thing you'll notice is the glorious old chandelier from the Alhambra Theatre, which has been salvaged and now showcased as you enter the Pieter Toerien. As for entertainment, talented performers that have graced the Pieter Toerien stage includes Tim Plewman, Alan Committie, Pieter-Dirk Uys, Marc Lottering, Moira Lister and Bill Flynn, just t name a few.

Visit the Pieter Toerien Theatre & Studio.

Pieter Toerien Theatre & Studio

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The Theatre on the Square at Nelson Mandela Square

Within the Nelson Mandela Square, between The Butcher Shop And Grill and the Sandton Library, you'll find the Theatre on the Square. This vibrant 200-seater adds another dimension, as well as cultural enrichment, to the entertainment industry. And what's lovely about its location, is that you can enjoy your choice from a range of fine restaurants with international cuisine on the square or at the Michelangelo Hotel.

Visit the Theatre on the Square.

Theatre on the Square

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Theatres in Joburg East

The Big Top Arena at Carnival City

Known to host amazing concerts featuring international and local stars, sporting events, and even conference dinners and commercial launches, the Big Top Arena at Carnival City in Brakpan knows how to bring entertainment to the East Rand! Their Festival Lawns also offer the ideal location for exciting must-attend events. The casino has brought big-name family fun to Brakpan, including the Great Moscow Circus and the Aussie Circus.

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The Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace

The Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace is a 17 tiered auditorium, offering theatre-goers a lavish theatrical entertainment experience. Many international acts and local talents have graced their stage. To ensure that the theatre continues to showcase nothing short of spectacular, a R6-million renovation was done to guarantee that this world-class theatre remains one of Gauteng’s finest.

Visit the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace.

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Theatres in Joburg West

Roodepoort Theatre

Founded in 1980, the Roodepoort Theatre is the largest theatre venue in the West Rand, and presents plenty of well-known and popular family-friendly and mainstream productions. These productions normally include hilarious comedies, dance shows, drama and theatrical performances, as well as musical tribute shows.

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Roodepoort Theatre

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Barnyard Theatre at Silverstar Casino

For a unique theatre experience like no other, Barnyard Theatre Silverstar is sure to have just the thing. Most of their shows are energetic, exciting, and love to get their guests involved by dancing or even singing along. There are shows regularly showing at this theatre, all you have to do is visit their website and take a look. Plus, they have a selection of specials to ensure you get more bang for you buck. Barnyard Theatre Silverstar also makes for a fun year-end function idea.

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Theatres in Joburg Central

The Joburg Theatre

Everyone who has visited Braamfontein knows of the popular Joburg Theatre. This theatre offers visitors and theatre goers an exciting lineup of shows that's sure to delight audiences of all ages. Every year, their festive season pantomime productions, written and directed by Janice Honeyman, have become a highlight of the country’s theatrical calendar. The Joburg Theatre is also the permanent home to Joburg Ballet, Jill Girard and Keith Smith’s Peoples Theatre Company.

Visit the Joburg Theatre.

Joburg Theatre Complex

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The Market Theatre

The Market Theatre in Newtown celebrates our heritage and our past, while also confidently looking and moving forward by playing a major cultural role for the African continent. This theatre remains at the forefront of producing and presenting amazing theatrical artworks complete with an authentic African artistic voice and African diversity.

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Market Theatre

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The Market Theatre has been at the forefront of contemporary South African theatre since the 1970s. Now in response to the call from audiences and artists for live online content, they've announced their first ever digital storytelling festival. Over the coming nine weeks, the Market Theatre will present the Ditshomo Story Time Season via live streaming on their social media platforms. After months of closure due to the COVID-19 crisis, this comes as a welcome directive into the world of digital theatre and recorded performance. Here's how the idea for a digital storytelling festival came about at the Market Theatre.

#TheatreWillRiseAgain

Since the start of the national lockdown period, the Market Theatre has been active on their social media platforms, staying engaged with their artists and audience. The theatre quickly debuted the #TheatreWillRiseAgain monologue series - a daily snippet series of one-minute monologues, delivered by some of South Africa's finest actors from their homes. Throughout lockdown, they've posted these snippets to help keep you entertained and engaged with South African theatre. The Market Theatre has also hosted a number of artist seminars, as well as a virtual career expo during this time.

The evolution of the #TheatreWillRiseAgain campaingn has now culminated in the Market's Artistic Director James Ngcobo commissioning new works to premiere online. Embracing this new sense of theatrical experimentation and innovation, the Market Theatre firmly moves itself into the 21st Century while maintaining is homegrown essence. While the theatre is taking a massive leap forward, it still thrives on telling stories that depict the diverse experiences of people from all walks of life. This is precisely what the Ditshomo Story Time Season hopes to achieve over its nine week run.

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"We are completely committed to the idea that sees us programming and staying in touch with our patrons and at the same time celebrating those who have always gifted us with stories to tell. It also presents an opportunity for our work to be accessible to global audiences," says James Ngcobo.

The Market Theatre will be releasing a new production online each week from Thursday, 18 June 2020. Filmed at the Market Theatre with high definition cameras, these productions invoke a real theatrical experience for viewers at home. Here's a sneak peak at what's on the bill:

Cut - A collaborative dance short film

The Market Theatre debuted the Ditshomo Story Time Season with Vincent Mantsoe's Cut. This 13-minute long dance film was created in collaboration by three artists over email. Grappling with the emotions, tensions and confusion caused by the worldwide pandemic scare, Cut reaches deep into the viewers imagination. It is both frightening and comforting, as Mantsoe whips around the frame, battling his own inner conflict.

Cut is a definite must-see and the ideal kick start to the Ditshomo Story Time Season. The film will be available to stream on the Market Theatre's Facebook page until Thursday, 2 July 2020. Don't miss it!

Cut - performed by Vincent Mantsoe.

Themba Mbuli's Dark Cell

Director Themba Mbui's Dark Cell draws its inspiration from imagery of political prisoners on Robben Island. This 20-minute theatrical dance work uses the concept of a prison cell as a metaphor for mental imprisonment. While celebrating and commemorating South African history, the piece also acts as a mirror to contemporary society and and reflection of postcolonial interiorities. Dark Cell premieres on Thursday, 2 July 2020.

For More Information

Follow the Market Theatre's social media pages to watch the Ditshomo Story Time Season live and to keep up to date with upcoming shows:

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Contact details: (Tel) 072 367 7867 | [email protected]

Cut: A Collaborative Dance Short Film

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought along with itself numerous other crises. Financial downfall, inequality in health care and education and a new scourge of mental illness and heightened anxiety. It is difficult enough to put into words how this pandemic has wreaked havoc across the globe, nevermind articulating its tragedies through dance. However, dancer and choreographer Vincent Mantsoe along with musician Mpho Molikeng and filmmaker Frank Pizon, have been able to reach deep into the raw and fragile emotion of the moment with their exquisite 13-minute short dance film, Cut.

Mantsoe had been due to return to South Africa from France in April 2020 for a series of shows at the Market Theatre in Newtown. But that was not to be, due to the extended hard lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Determined to somehow still reach his home country, Mantsoe devised Cut - a gripping and telling dance piece that explores;

"The experience of living with the imminent danger of infection and the derived consequences of the ongoing pandemic, such as quarantine, social distancing and self-isolation...The visual composition captures the experience of being torn between extreme poles of opposition, and of struggling to resist the emotional weight of a self that may give in to the anxiety of the situation. Cut articulates some of the many contradictory emotions in these disturbing times. These emotions pull us apart, but also makes us gravitate towards one another."

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Vincent Mantsoe in Cut. Photo sourced from The Market Theatre on Facebook.

The Creative Process Gone Virtual

Cut was choreographed for camera, a rather daunting task for an artist used to devising work for the stage. The piece was filmed in Mantsoe's studio and edited at a distance by video artist, Frank Pizon. Mantsoe's movements were then crafted to multi-layered music performed by Lesetho-born musician, Mpho Molikeng. The three artists collaborated remotely and virtually throughout the creative process, exchanging thoughts, sounds and images by email - a first for all of them!

Review 

One might imagine then that a film created in isolation by three artists may be disjointed, as each wove their creative imaginations onto its bare fabric. In some ways, this is true. Cut does not feel like a synchronous piece of art, developed in utter harmony. But perhaps this is the beauty of it. At this moment where most of us are conducting our lives through screens and virtual existence, there is very little that makes sense.

Part of the anxiety of the COVID-19 pandemic is the isolation, not only from other people, but from ourselves. Mantsoe captures this inner conflict in his rapid and precise movements, thrashing about and seemingly displaying an intense internal argument. Coupled with Pizon’s clever editing, Mantsoe becomes a figure trapped within his own space. The frame almost haunts him, as he retreats around the room in search of an escape. Growing wearier with each step as the dance wears on, with Molikeng’s music fading away into the background, he breathes deeper and deeper. This fight for breath is deeply symbolic, invoking a primal fear indicative of this moment - to be infected with the virus, to fight it alone and to not have the ability to breathe.

Even after Mantsoe has taken his last steps out of the frame, this sound sticks with you. Even at its relatively short length, Cut manages to leave this lingering impression. Is it the raw humanity in Mantsoe's movements, his physical articulation of something words cannot express or something much more intrinsic? You'll have to watch the film yourself to find out! 

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When Is It?

Thursday, 18 June 2020 - Thursday, 02 July 2020.

Where Is It?

Cut will be available to stream on The Market Theatre's social media pages and on the French Institute's Facebook page.

How Much Is It?

The film is free to stream.

For More Information

Visit The Market Theatre website for more information.

What Is It?

Have all of your career related questions answered with this amazing expo. The Virtual Career Expo is going to be focusing on art career choices and assisting with applications.

The expo is for primary school students as well as high school students.

When Is It?

Tuesday, 28 April 2020 - Thursday, 30 April 2020. (Time not specified - keep an eye out on their Facebook page.)

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.

What Is It?

The Market Theatre has been an institute for ground breaking South African theatre since 1976. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent national lockdown, they have had to temporarily close their doors. But, knowing just how much their audiences will be missing their dose of intriguing and thought-provoking theatre work, the Market Theatre have introduced the Theatre Will Rise Again lockdown monologue series. Top South African performers have been asked to submit 2-minute long monologue performances from your favourite plays. So far, the series has seen theatre stalwart Mncedisi Shabangu perform a skit from the classic Sizwe Banzi is Dead, among others. You will be able to watch full clips of these performances on the theatre's Facebook page every day.

When Is It?

The Market Theatre's monologue series will be posted on their Facebook page daily.

Where Is It?

Online, Facebook.

How Much Is It?

Free.

For More Information

Visit the Market Theatre Foundation's website for more information.

Creativity In The Face Of Adversity

Since the start of the national lockdown period, government has implemented very little means for arts organisations and self-employed artists to support themselves. This despite the fact that many of us isolating at home have relied on television, film, music and literature to keep entertained.

In light of these current challenges, arts organisations and performers have banded together to find new ways to share their talents with the world and provide much-needed positivity and hope for better days. From performing live concerts via streaming on social media, to virtual exhibitions and even free downloadables, the arts sector is proving itself invaluable during this time. So, why not get behind them to help keep the industry alive?

One way in which you can support the arts during this difficult period is by either donating tickets you have already purchased to the given artist or venue, or by only asking for a portion of a refund for your tickets. Every little bit counts towards keeping the industry and its thousands of talented freelance artists afloat. However, your contributions need not only be monetary. By simply engaging with the arts on a daily basis and sharing the joy of film, television, music, theatre or visual art with others, you can help keep the industry going through lockdown and beyond.

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Local & International Arts Projects To Support During Lockdown

Here are a few innovative arts projects to get you started on watching, listening and enjoying from the comfort and safety of your own home:

UJ Arts & Culture

UJ Arts & Culture is a division of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg. Their work helps support numerous academically deserving, but financially needy students. On Tuesday, 12 May 2020, they 'apparently' announced the lineup for their upcoming UNFESTIVAL programme - a week-long showcase of un-events, non-happenings and general nothingness. Get your tickets here!

Joburg City Theatres

Joburg Theatre, Roodepoort Theatre and Soweto Theatre face huge losses in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As three of the largest and most popular theatre venues in Gauteng, they have banded together to bring you a selection of online content. You can now watch some of their most successful productions online via their YouTube channel. From Janice Honeyman's Pantos, to Joburg Ballet's classical masterpieces and even famous operas, Joburg City Theatres will be keeping you entertained throughout lockdown. Not a fan of online streaming? Purchase a Joburg City Theatres voucher from Webtickets to redeem once lockdown is over.

Joburg Theatre

The Nelson Mandela Stage

POPArt ZoomProv Live

POPArt Theatre recently announced that they will be moving out of the Maboneng Precinct onto bigger and better horizons. However, due to the national lockdown and COVID-19 health regulations, they were not able to share one last goodbye with you at their former home. Nevertheless, being the crazy innovators they are, the POPArt team have gone virtual. Presenting you with their new onlinel feature - ZoomProv Live performances! Join your favourite POPArt regulars for a fun online session of rapid improvisation, wit and a possible few fumbles.

If you won't be able to join this event, please consider donating to POPArt through their website. Even the smallest contribution will go a long way to getting them back up and running once lockdown is over.

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#TheatreWillRise - The Market Theatre Monologues

The Market Theatre has been an icon of determination and perseverance against all odds since 1976. Join them for daily monologue sessions performed by some of South Africa's most seasoned theatre professionals. The #TheatreWillRise campaign aims to keep audiences engaged, entertained and invested in the theatre, even while under lockdown.

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Joburg Ballet's Chair Barre Classes

Just a few weeks before the national lockdown was implemented, Joburg Ballet was due to perform their first season for 2020. They were only able to run two out of five shows, subsequently losing over R1 million. Thankfully, all ticket holders donated their tickets to the company rather than ask for a refund. However, the cost of keeping the company afloat during the lockdown and beyond is going to prove a challenge for Joburg Ballet. You can show your support by becoming a Friend of the Ballet or by swiping your My School, My Village, My Planet card at Woolworths, Engen or various other partnering retailers. 

Joburg Ballet's dancers are also working hard at home to keep fit and in top form for their return to the stage. You can now join principal dancers Shannon Glover and Chase Bosch for thrice weekly chair barre classes online, too! All you need is a little courage, some ballet pumps and a good sense of humour.

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Goliaths Go Live

Goliath and Goliath, in collaboration with Skyroom Live, present the Goliaths Go Live daily feature. Every day at 14:00 during lockdown, your favourite comedy trio will be live, chatting to a celebrity guest about their lockdown experiences, challenges and advice for their fellow South Africans. Tune in for a much-needed dose of giggles and to feel less alone during this difficult time.

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Google Arts & Culture Live Gallery Tours

Seeing that travel bans are unlikely to be lifted any time soon, why not visit the world's top museums and galleries from right where you are? Google Arts and Culture have partnered with over 2500 museums and galleries to bring you a series of fantastic online exhibits. From London to Seoul, you can traverse the globe's most famous arts and culture centres without moving an inch. In addition, a few of these galleries will be posting their most zen art works under the hashtag #MuseumMomementOfZen on social media to help keep you calm during these trying times. The collection includes the British Museum in London, the Guggenheim in New York City, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul and many more. Click here for more information.

Norval Foundation Virtual Tour

The Norval Foundation is a newly opened centre in the Western Cape for the research and exhibition of 20th- and 21st-century visual art from South Africa and beyond. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the foundation announced that it would no longer allow visitors to its sculpture garden and restaurant. Instead, you can tour the garden, Skotnes Restaurant and the on-site gift shop from your own home using their virtual tour function! You can also check out their current exhibitions on their website.

If you would like to make a donation to the Norval Foundation, please follow this link - https://www.norvalfoundation.org/donate/. Funds go towards sponsoring arts education for underprivileged schools in the area.

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Social Distancing Festival

The Social Distancing Festival is both a celebration of artists and their dedicated work, as well as an acknowledgement that social distancing is imperative to curbing the spread of COVID-19. This online platform seeks to create solidarity among global art communities, while still bringing in audiences to see the work they have tirelessly developed over months or even years. The Social Distancing Festival will not be hosting any live streaming events, but instead acts as a directory for artists to post notifications, short video clips and streaming links to their work. Check out upcoming streaming events from across the globe here.

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#MOCAAFromYourCouch

The Zeitz MOCAA museum in Cape Town temporarily shut its doors to promote social distancing and self-isolation in March. However, this does not mean that you cannot still enjoy their vast collection of contemporary African art. Zeitz MOCAA will be posting daily to their social media accounts, bringing you a glimpse of some of their most popular exhibitions. Use the hashtag #MOCAAFromYourCouch to see their daily updates and to engage with fellow art lovers online.

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Standard Bank Arts - Lumieres d' Afriques

The Lumieres d' Afriques exhibition at the Standard Bank Art Gallery was due to take place between 21 February – 9 April 2020. Unfortunately, the gallery has had to temporarily suspend the exhibition to comply with COVID-19 health and safety regulations. But, there is hope for all you art lovers out there - Standard Bank Arts announced on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 that they will be bringing you a virtual Lumieres d' Afriques art fair! Take a tour around the gallery, admiring the art works of over 54 artists from 54 countries across Africa. It's the perfect way to wile away a few hours when you're stuck in self-isolation.

The Standard Bank Art Gallery also recently introduced an interactive online feature called Home Studio Live. Offering art and music lovers a window to the arts from the safety of their own homes, this platform will see various Standard Bank Young Artist award winners perform live from their own home studios to keep you entertained and connected with the arts at large over the course of the lockdown. Follow Standard Bank Arts on Facebook to keep up with their live streaming events.

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The Metropolitan Opera

Have you always dreamed of travelling to New York to visit the Metropolitan Opera House? Well now you can! Join the Met for their nightly opera streams - a free series of encore Live in HD presentations available to stream via the company's website or the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple devices and Samsung Smart TV, during the coronavirus closure. Sit back and indulge in the delicious sounds of Carmen, La Traviata, Eugene Onegin and many more. All nightly Met opera streams stay open for 23 hours, so you will most likely only be able to access them from morning until early afternoon in South Africa. But, let's be honest, what better way is there to wake your neighbours and spread a little joy than by pumping world-class opera through your speakers? Happy listening!

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National Theatre At Home

The National Theatre in London is expected to remain closed to the public until late June. As such, the theatre debuted their At Home live streaming series, bringing their quintessential blend of classic and contemporary British theatre to the world under lockdown. Each Thursday, they post a new event to stream from the comfort and safety of your couch. Click here to see what's on this week.

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The National Arts Festival Makhanda

A 969km annual pilgrimage from Joburg to Makhanda takes place each June as theatre lovers, art fundis and music aficionados flock to the National Arts Festival. In light of the rapid spread of the coronavirus, and subsequent travel bans, the NAF seemed likely to be cancelled. However, proving that innovation and the arts have a steadfast relationship, their stakeholders and CEO have come up with a daring solution - the first ever virtual National Arts Festival, bringing you 11 days of amazing directly from Makhanda. The festival is set to take the format of virtual tours, online workshops and panel discussions and possible live stream performances. Keep an eye out for updates on the NAF 2020 festival here.

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Do you know of any other local or international organisation streaming theatre productions, live music or arts festivals? Let us know about them! 

What Is It?

Kwasha! Theatre Company presents The Little Prince at the Market Theatre this May before heading out on an international tour. This much-loved tale of an aviator and a mysterious star traveler has delighted audiences of all ages for 77 years. Described as the story of a grown-up meeting their inner child, The Little Prince is a must-see. Get your tickets now!

When Is It?

Wednesday, 06 May 2020 - Sunday, 10 May 2020. 

Where Is It?

The Market Theatre, 56 Margaret Mcingana Str, Newtown, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R90 per person on Webtickets.

For more information

Visit the Market Theatre website for more information, or follow their social media pages:

Facebook - www.facebook.com/themarkettheatre

Twitter - twitter.com/MarketTheatre

Instagram - www.instagram.com/markettheatre

Details: 011 832 1641

What Is It?

DOP is the fascinating and cutting-edge story of Frank Venter, an ordinary man. One of thousands in life that a few will know, and even fewer will remember. Like everyone, Frank has a story that nobody listens to. It's not impressive enough — or is it?

Frank sits in a bar. It's his birthday. The only person around is Tim, the barman. Frank and Tim need something from one another. Frank needs a soundboard to confirm his existence, Tim needs the correct words to speak his heart's truth.

DOP is Retief Scholtz’s theatrical debut. It will be presented at The Market Theatre for a two-week run in January 2020. Produced by Kosie Smit, directed by Sylvaine Strike and featuring Andre Odendaal. Get your tickets now!

When Is It?

Thursday, 09 January 2020 - Sunday, 19 January 2020.

Show times:

Tuesday – Saturday  at 20:15 and Sundays at 15:15

Where Is It?

The Market Theatre, 56 Margaret Mcingana Str, Newtown, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R70 - R150 per person on Webtickets.

For more information 

Visit the Market Theatre's website for more information, or follow their social media pages:

Facebook - www.facebook.com/themarkettheatre

Twitter - twitter.com/MarketTheatre

Instagram - www.instagram.com/markettheatre

Details: 011 832 1641

What Is It?

This Black History Month, The Market Theatre presents Dominique Morisseau's Paradise BlueDirected by James Ngcobo and starring the legendary Aubrey Poo and Lesedi Job among others.

In a strip of Detroit known as Paradise Valley, a man named Blue struggles to keep his father’s business, Paradise Club, afloat during a push towards gentrification. The city wants to kick African-Americans in the community of Black Bottom out by buying up properties up and down the strip. Blue, who is haunted by the memory of his father, teeters on the edge of madness as he decides whether selling the club is selling his soul.

Dominique Morisseau illuminates the effects of gentrification and the erasure of Black History on the African-American community with the first play in The Detroit Project. Leaving you hungry for more, Paradise Blue is a must-see this February. Book your tickets now!

When Is It?

Friday, 31 January 2020 - Saturday, 29 February 2020.

Where Is It?

The Market Theatre, 56 Margaret Mcingana Str, Newtown, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R150 per person on Webtickets.

For more information 

Visit the Market Theatre website for more information or you can follow their social media updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Details: 011 832 1641

John Kani and Barney Simon's The Lion and The Lamb returned to the Market Theatre in November 2019 to much anticipation. Last produced by the Market Theatre in 2009, this contemporary retelling of the story of Christ is the perfect Christmas-time theatre event. I booked tickets to the show, eager to see Kani in action on stage. Unsure of what to expect, I went in with an open mind and unbiased approach. Needless to say, what I saw was a delightful surprise.

Lion and the Lamb

Musical Storytelling

The Lion and The Lamb is first and foremost a musical play. Opening with a solo performance by the soulful Itumeleng Tshabane, the play begins its first act - The Birth of Christ. Against an eclipsing projected backdrop, Kani enters, taking his place as the main narrator and immediately giving the audience the sense that his performance will be doused with energetic storytelling. His years of stage experience shine through, guiding his fellow narrators through their scenes. Keeping the audience at the edge of their seats, he brings a delicate humour to a story known world over. Interspersed with unique African-isms, Kani's narration offers a refreshing take on the Christ myth.

A choir of talented gospel songstresses join Kani on stage, including Nokukhanya Dlamini, who was part of the original production. Reprising her role as the lead singer, she elevates the story of Christ's birth, life and death to new heights. Each ballad of the story is equally narrated by dialogue and song and every choir member given their moment to shine. Not one failed to deliver, taking the audience to church with familiar traditional gospel songs and songs from the International Gospel Songbook. From the first act to the last - Christ's ascension to heaven - there are moments of celebration. Ultimately, this is musical theatre at its finest.

A Word From The Director

The Market Theatre's James Ngcobo directs Kani for the first time in his career in The Lion and The Lamb.

"It’s never easy to re-imagine any classic, but I am blessed to work with theatre giants like John Kani and Nokukhanya Dlamini, who were part of the original cast. It makes my task much easier to undertake," he said of the production.

"My vision for the 2019 re-staging of 'The Lion and the Lamb' is to add young talented actors and musicians to blow up the musicality and acting in the production. I am blessed to have found some of the finest actors who will be taking the baton from John Kani in roles as supporting storytellers. I am looking at breathing new life into a classic play, handled with the delicateness that it deserves and also to give emerging voices an opportunity to perform alongside a great actor like John Kani", said James Ngcobo.

Final Thoughts

Promising audiences "a spiritually charged evening of praise and worship"Ngcobo and his cast delivered. All in all, The Lion and The Lamb is an enigmatic theatre experience for all. You need not be familiar with the story of Christ to enjoy or understand the game at hand. Delivering their lines with Shakespearean precision, Kani and his fellow narrators entwine the very best of African storytelling practice with eloquent language and comedic interplay. This is a definite must-see for the Christmas season.

The Lion and The Lamb is on stage at the Market Theatre until Sunday, 22 December 2019. Tickets are available online via Webtickets.

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Narrator: John Kani

Musicians: Nokukhanya Dlamini, Avril Mkansi, Gugu Shezi, Itu Tshabane, Hlengiwe Pitso, Lebo Barole, Lerato Gwebu (second narrator), Nomfundo Dlamini, Mpho Somani, Tebogo Mokoena and Thembisa Khuzwayo.

Band Members: Tshepo Mngoma (musical director), Fana Zulu, Mpho Kodisang and Samuel Ibeh.

For More Information

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Contact the theatre box office on 011 832 1641.

What Is It?

Dr John Kani returns to the Market Theatre stage this November with The Lion and the Lamb MusicalOriginally created by himself and co-founder of the Market Theatre Barney Simon.

The Lion and the Lamb tells the story of Jesus the child, Jesus the man and Jesus the Son of God. However, this is the Christ myth told with startling difference. Featuring popular South African gospel music as the backtrack for Kani's electrifying performance. This allegorical stage masterpiece resonates with audiences of all denominations, cultures and religions. Above all it is about the relationship we as a nation have with the figure of Christ.

For the first time John Kani is directed by Market Theatre artistic director James Ncgobo. Backed by some of South Africa’s best vocal voices including Nokukhanya Dlamini, Gugu Shezi and Nomfundo Dlamini, Lerato Gwebu, Lerato Mvelase, singing sensation, Itumeleng Tshabane and the brilliant guitarist, Avril Mkansi. Don't miss it!

When Is It?

Friday, 22 November 2019 - Sunday, 22 December 2019. 

Where Is It?

The Market Theatre, 56 Margaret McIngana St, Newtown, Gauteng, 2001 Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

TBC.

For more information

Visit their website for more information. Or, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Details: 011 832 1641 | [email protected]

The Market Laboratory

In October 1989, Market Theatre co-founder, Barney Simon, and Associate Artistic Director, John Kani, founded The Market Laboratory. Responding to the lack of higher education in the performing arts for black students, the Market Lab became a haven of knowledge and expertise.

30-years on, the Market Lab maintains its reputation for being one of the premiere training centres in Southern Africa. Boasting an impressive alumnus, including Olive Schreiner Award winner, Phillip Dikotla. Three Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year winners have also come out of the Market Lab's training programme. Namely, Monageng Motshabi (2016), Prince Lamla (2013) and Mncedisi Shabangu (2014). The Market Lab provides underprivileged youth with the opportunity to master their art and go on to become industry professionals.

Market Laboratory

The legacy of the Market Lab is felt far within the community. The centre is known for engaging with issues of human rights, poverty and gender-based violence in their ensemble pieces. They host a number of community-driven initiatives, many of which have led to the annual Community Theatre Festival and Zwakala Festival.

In honour of the Market Lab's 30th birthday, the Market Theatre Foundation will be hosting a two-week festival. Showcasing alumni work, photo exhibitions, improv play-offs and some of the best theatre of 2019. The Lab also invites students, academics and theatre enthusiasts to a series of workshops and debates around storytelling, community theatre and collaborative creation.

Lineup

The two-week festival will see a number of exciting theatre productions take to the Market Lab stage. Kicking off with the Kwasha Theatre Company's adaptation of Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros. Directed by Market Lab alumni, Billy Langa and Mahlatsi Mokgonyana, Rhinoceros offers satirical comment on the rise of totalitarianism and conformism. This is Theatre of the Absurd at its finest, so get your tickets as soon as possible.

Vuka Machel is a revolutionary comedy. Imagining that Mozambican president Samora Machel, has risen from the grave to find his wife Graça married to our very own Nelson Mandela. Machel and Mandela then square off in a series of boxing matches at the World Trade Centre. Seen through the eyes of two chicken thieves, Vuka Machel is reminiscent of Barney Simon, Mbongeni Ngema and Percy Mtwa's Woza Albert! 

Other great shows on the bill include Born Naked, Skierlik, Darkie and Text Me When You Arrive. Click here to see the full lineup.

When Is It?

The festival will take place until Saturday, 23 November 2019.

Where Is It?

The Market Square, 138 Lilian Ngoyi Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

There are a number of free and pay as much as you can events. Tickets for theatre shows cost R100 per person and may be booked online at Webtickets.

For More Information

Visit the Market Lab's website for more information, or follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Details: 011 838 7498 | [email protected]

What Is It?

In honour of the fifth year since Chris Van Wyk's passing, Zane Meas and Christo Davids return to the Market Theatre stage with Chris Van Wyk: The Storyteller of Riverlea. Chris Van Wyk was a prolific storyteller and poet. Standing up against injustice in all his work, he was beloved by fans. Meas and Davids production pays homage to Van Wyk’s humour, political values and his storytelling abilities, all of which has touched the lives of everyone who has read his works. Don't miss it!

When Is It?

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 - Sunday, 15 December 2019.

Where Is It?

The Market Theatre (Mannie Manim Theatre), 56 Margaret Mcingana Str, Newtown, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R90 - R150 per person. Get yours here.

For more information

Visit their website for more information, or follow their social media pages:

Facebook - facebook.com/themarkettheatre

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Details: 011 832 1641

What Is It?

Poet Mutle Mothibe invites you to his personal on stage biography - Disassembling Mutle Mothibe. Using spoken word Mutle will take you on a journey through his childhood and adult life. This is interactive theatre at its best. So, get your tickets now!

When Is It?

Thursday, 17 October 2019 - Sunday, 20 October 2019.

Where Is It?

The Market Theatre, 56 Margaret Mcingana Str, Newtown, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R90 - R150 per person. Get yours here.

For more information

Visit their website for more information, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Details: 011 832 1641 | [email protected]

Johannesburg in Portrait

Artist, Sam Nhlengethwa presents his new body of work titled 'Joburg Selected' at the Goodman Gallery this October. Inspired by Nhlengethwa's relationship and history with the city of Johannesburg, the exhibition sees the artist move away from his usual character portrait style. Rather than observe people as his subjects, Nhlengethwa presents Joburg as the central character of this collection of paintings, lithographs and tapestries. Featuring iconic city scapes, including The Market Theatre, Ponte and the now defunct Orbit jazz club, ‘Joburg Selected’ is a visual memory bank of lived experiences.

Sam Nhlengethwa, Ponte at Night, 2019, Mixed media on canvas, 95 x 115 cm

Sam Nhlengethwa has lived just outside of the city for most of his life. Born in 1955 in Payneville Springs, he grew up in Ratanda in Heidelberg, east of Johannesburg. Completing a two-year Fine Art Diploma at the Rorkes Drift Art Centre in the late 1970s, he went on to exhibit both locally and overseas. However, it was his 1993 travelling solo show South Africa, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow that set him apart as one of South Africa's foremost artists practicing critical consciousness in their work. He subsequently won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award in 1994.

The Goodman Gallery has represented Nhlengethwa for several decades now. Just last year, he exhibited a body of work titled 'Waiting' at the Goodman Gallery in Cape Town.

We sat down for a quick Q & A with the artist himself to find out more about his process, the themes of these new works and the story behind 'Joburg Selected'.

Where did the inspiration for 'Joburg Selected' come from?

"As someone whose studio is situated in the city, from time to time one drives around [the city]. When I still had a studio at the Bag Factory, I really penetrated the city, driving from one end to the other, seeing these buildings. That developed an interest in me to try and select buildings that I like. On the other hand, who knows whether these buildings will be here ten years from now? So I wanted to make work that could create the sense that one has recorded something." 

What styles and mediums have you used to create this body of work?

"These works have been created using a mixed media approach, which incorporates collage and oil on canvas. In addition, there are several lithographic prints in the exhibition and a giant tapestry made in collaboration with Marguerite Stephens tapestry studio."

How long did it take to compile this collection of city scape portraits?

"This body of work was created in the last year, following on from my last solo exhibition at Goodman Gallery Cape Town, titled Waiting in 2018."

Is there one piece in the collection which stands out as the feature piece for the exhibition?

"There’s one work in the exhibition in which I played around with various buildings and fused them into one large piece, titled I love Jozi, which sums up the body of work for me."

Sam Nhlengethwa

Waiting Behind the Stage, 2018, mixed media on canvas, 140cm x 140cm

When Is It?

‘Joburg Selected’ opens on Saturday, 12 October 2019. It runs until Saturday, 09 November 2019.

Gallery opening times:

Tuesday – Friday from 09:30 to 17:30.

Saturday from 09:30 to 16:30.

Where Is It?

Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is free.

For More Information 

Visit the Goodman Gallery website for more information about Sam Nhlengethwa and 'Joburg Selected'. Or, follow their social media pages:

Facebook –  http://www.facebook.com/GoodmanGallery 

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/Goodman_Gallery 

Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/goodman_gallery

Contact the gallery on +27 (0)11 788 1113 or via email at [email protected].

What Is It?

Come join in as Ntsika from The Soil graces the Market Theatre stage with his own musical - ‘I Write What I Dream’. The National Tour of this one man musical ushers in a whole new dawn as it introduces all of us to Ntsika’s ultimate musical genius.

'I Write What I Dream' is a spiritually engaging full-on solo live musical that sees Ntsika perform original songs. The fascinating fact about him is that his songs are gifted to him by his great-great-grandfather in a series of dreams. He then hands the songs over to, namely, The Soil, Khonaye, Soulphiatown, Baobab Sisters, Vusi Nova and Musa Sukwene to name a few. The whole notion behind this event is to highlight his musical genius and the power of dreams.

For this two-nights only magical experience, Ntsika will be accompanied by an incredible three piece band, four amazing backing vocalists and an array of extraordinary surprise guest artists. So, don't miss it!

When Is It?

Friday, 04 October 2019 - Saturday, 05 October 2019 at 20:00 on both evenings.

Where Is It?

The Market Theatre, 56 Margaret Mcingana Str, Newtown, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R200 per person. Book yours online via Webtickets.

For More Information

Visit their website for more information, or you can follow their social media pages:

Facebook - facebook.com/themarkettheatre

Twitter - twitter.com/MarketTheatre

Instagram - instagram.com/markettheatre

Contact them on 011 832 1641. 

What Is It?

Venus vs Modernity is coming to the Market Theatre stage in September and we are so excited and eagerly waiting. This piece is definitely one that everyone has to see.

The theatre piece captures the story of the historical icon Saartjie Baartman. See how Venus vs Modernity goes deep into the emotion and earth shattering reality that she had to face.

Venus VS Modenity Market Theatre

A Story Untold

Once upon a time, there lived a woman who was subjected to abuse due to her ample posterior - Saartjie Baartman.

"At the peak of her fame in the early 1800s, Saartjie Baartman became a reference point for abolitionists, fashion designers, and political satirists alike. Her remains were dissected and put on display at the French National Museum for 150 years, and in 2002, Saartjie Baartman was finally returned to the land of her birth, the Gamtoos River Valley in the Eastern Cape." - Market Theatre

Venus vs Modernity is a piece filled with wit and humour however touches the chords with the raw reality. The piece promises to take you on a journey of emotions, creativity and talent.

Told

Brought to you by the Windybrow Theatre Foundation, The Market Theatre Foundation, and Breaking Boxes. Venus vs Modernity is an hour-long theatre piece that has waited to become a reality, and well known artists have worked to develop this production.

Poet, award-winning author, producer and much more, Lebo Mashile and renowned actress, director, and theatre maker, Pamela Nomvete have worked to develop. However, multi-award winning poet and playwright Koleka Putuma capably takes over from Nomvete as director for the current run of the play. The crafting of this piece has taken five years and is now well cooked for you to come and enjoy. This also speaks to the notion of women power as the pieces tells a story about a woman by women.

Venus VS Modenity Market Theatre

Witness Lebo Mashile’s first foray into penning a full-length theatrical piece, accompanied by the talented actress, Anne Masina. This promises to be a spectacular show bringing you a stew of diversity. Expect to see a fresh interpretation by Lebo and Anne through a fusion of spoken word, poetry, dialogue, and music.

Venus Vs Modernity

The characters, Venus and Modernity are bringing spunk, spontaneity and passion on the Market Theatre Stage. You do not want to miss out on this piece about one woman’s story of resilience!

When Is It?

Thursday, 12 September 2019 - Saturday, 28 September 2019 (times depend on day)

Where Is It?

Market Theatre - Barney Simon, Newtown, Johannesburg, Gauteng

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R90 - R150 per person, get your ticket Here.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit Here.

What Is It?

It could have been an ordinary day the cafe, but it was love at first sight instead. Seduction, awkwardness, dance, misunderstanding … This is an extraordinary day for these two characters, who humorously carry the spectators in a dreamlike, absurd and tender universe.

The Market Theatre presents Derrière la Porte or Behind the Door this September. Starring French circus duo Marion Achard and Farid Abed, this is a must-see for audiences of all ages.

When Is It?

Sunday, 15 September 2019 at 15:00.

Where Is It?

The Market Theatre (John Kani stage), 56 Margaret Mcingana Str, Newtown, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are free, but you must pre-book to reserve a seat. Contact the theatre on 011 832 1641 to RSVP.

For more information

Visit their website for more information, or follow them on social media:

Instagram - instagram.com/markettheatre

Twitter -  twitter.com/MarketTheatre

Facebook - facebook.com/themarkettheatre

Email: [email protected]

What Is It?

The Italian theatre company Teatro Patologico from Rome, present a one-of-a-kind staging of Medea at the Market Theatre this September. The company features people with disabilities and professional actors.

In this production of the classic tragedy Medea, there is a focus on the deep connection between use of the body, language and music. The body becomes the principle means of communication, whereas language and use of original music revolve around their corporeal and spiritual link with the performer’s bodies.

There will only be two shows at the Market Theatre, so don't miss out!

When Is It?

Friday, 27 September 2019 and Saturday, 28 September 2019 at 20:15.

Where Is It?

The Market Theatre (Mannie Manim stage), 56 Margaret Mcingana Str, Newtown, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R150 per person. Get yours online via Webtickets.

For more information

Visit the Market Theatre website for more information, or follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/themarkettheatre

Twitter - twitter.com/MarketTheatre

Instagram - instagram.com/markettheatre

Contact them on 011 832 1641 or via email at [email protected]

What Is It?

Venus vs Modernity presents the life and journeys of the iconic Saartjie Baartman. Traversing 10 years of her life, including her journey to Europe which promised not only a better life, but fame and glory thanks to her ample posterior.

Lebogang Mashile and Ann Masina explore issues in need of being elevated in today’s current framework of hyper visibility within the arts industry.  They also give the Saartjie narrative a voice never heard before - her own. A story told from the perspective of the victim who may perhaps not have seen herself as such in certain circumstances. Venus vs Modernity tells the story of a young woman travelling to an unknown world and how her alter ego in some way embraced the madness and misogyny of it all.

Don't miss this theatrical re-telling of a tragic story, so well known that it has become part of our history.

When Is It?

Thursday, 12 September 2019 - Saturday, 28 September 2019.

Where Is It?

The Market Theatre, 56 Margaret Mcingana Str, Newtown, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Not communicated.

For more information

Visit the Market Theatre website for further information, or follow their social media pages:

Facebook - facebook.com/themarkettheatre

Twitter - twitter.com/MarketTheatre

Instagram - instagram.com/markettheatre

Contact them on 011 832 1641 / [email protected]