What’s On At The Auto & General Theatre On The Square


End off your year on a theatrical note with the Auto & General Theatre on the Square. Between October and December 2019, they have an array of shows to get you laughing, crying and celebrating love and life. Check out our top picks for the upcoming season.

The Auto & General Theatre on the Square delivers world-class productions, catering to a wide variety of audiences. From stand-up comedy, to drama, kiddies theatre and musicals, the Theatre on the Square has it all. If you have never visited this classy Sandton performance centre, then now is the time. Adorned in red velvet textures, the venue screams upmarket cabaret with a South African twist. Check out their ‘Wall of Fame’, which features all the talents who have graced the stage over the years. The bar is always the centre of attraction just before the start of a show. Serving up sweet wines, whisky and non-alcoholic drinks, this is the perfect place to prepare yourself for the wonder of stage magic.

Theatre on the Square

The 200-seater main theatre is comfortable and spacious. Again, the red seats give the auditorium a feeling of worldliness. Of course, being right in the heart of Sandton at Nelson Mandela Square, you would expect nothing less. But, if you have ever imagined what it might be like to visit an independent theatre space in London or New York, this may be as close as you can get while still on Jozi homeland.

Between October to December 2019, the Theatre on the Square will be hosting a fantastic line-up of shows. Here are our top picks for the season:

Fawlty Flowers

There is only one Fawtly Towers – the BBC’s most popular sitcom ever made. Starring John Cleese as the slightly out-of-his-head English hotel manager, Basil Fawty, Fawlty Towers still has fans to this day. Comedians and theatre professionals, Annie Robinson and Mark Mulder, proudly claim themselves as the South African Fawtly fan faction.

Bringing you Fawlty Flowers! at the Theatre on the Square in October, Annie and Mark will treat you like a dinner guest at the infamous Torquay Hotel! Come and enjoy a little British wit and nonsense with them.

When Is It?

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 – Saturday, 26 October 2019.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R75 per person and may be purchased online via the Computicket website.

Gertrude Stein and a Companion

October is South African Pride Month. Come and celebrate your diverse identity at the Theatre on the Square with Gertrude Stein and a Companion, directed by Chris Weare.

20th-Century poet and novelist, Gertrude Stein and her lifelong partner, Alice B. Toklas, defied the rules of gender and sexuality in a time when it carried far greater consequence. Roaming in literary circles with the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hemmingway and Picasso, Stein and Tolkas became icons of their time.

Gertrude Stein and a Companion is set in Bohemian Paris. Exploring Stein and Tolkas’ complex relationship, the play is sensitive and charming. Whether you are celebrating Joburg Pride, or are simply in search of a cleverly written play, this is a must-see. Get your tickets now!

Theatre on the Square

When Is It?

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 – Saturday, 16 November 2019.

Show times:

Tuesday – Friday at 20:15

Saturday at 18:00 and 20:15

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R100 per person. Get yours here.

Joburg Film Festival

The Joburg Film Festival returns this November for its third year of awe-inspiring local and international film content. The Auto & General Theatre on the Square is one of the Joburg venue hosts for the 2019 festival. Screening a curated selection of films over six days, the Theatre on the Square promise to bring a renewed artistic film culture to the Sandton CBD.

When Is It?

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 – Sunday, 24 November 2019.

To see the full programme, participating venues and ticket prices, check out the Joburg Film Festival website.

All You Ask of Me 

This show has all the classic musical hit numbers, all in one show. At this show, you can expect to experience the likes of Don’t Rain On My Parade, The Winner Takes It All, I Dreamed A Dream, Memory and Never Enough. Carly Graeme performs these songs and more of your favourites in All You Ask of Me. Accompanied by Rowan Bakker on piano, Carly will take you on a journey through musical theatre history.

Perfect for your end of year office get-together or family outing, All You Ask of Me is pure theatrical fun. You won’t have to think too hard at this one, so sit back and enjoy the music!

Theatre on the Square

When Is It?

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 – Saturday, 30 November 2019.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R100 per person. Book yours online via Computicket.

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m In Therapy!

Closing off 2019 at the Theatre on the Square is Steve Solomon’s hilarious family dramedy, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m In Therapy! Starring lead actor Michael Richard, this play is “one part lasagna, one part kreplach and two-parts Prozac”. You need not be Jewish or Italian (or in therapy) to resonate with the stories based on Solomon’s family. All you need is to know what it’s like to leave a family dinner with a headache and heartburn.

End your year with this side-splitting look at what it means to be part of an eclectic family. When yours gets to be too much over the holiday season, the theatre will always be there to help you see the lighter side of life.

Theatre on the Square

When Is It?

Tuesday, 03 December 2019 – Saturday, 21 December 2019.

**Ticket prices will be announced soon!

For More Information

Visit the Auto & General Theatre on the Square website for more information about the theatre and these upcoming shows. You can also follow them on social media:

Facebook – facebook.com/Auto-General-Theatre-on-the-Square

Twitter – twitter.com/TheatreOnSquare

Details: 011 883 8606 | theatreonthesquare@gmail.com | Nelson Mandela Square, Cnr Rivonia Rd & Sandton Drive, Sandton, Johannesburg.

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