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The top 5 Cape Town theatre attractions for the next week…


5. Poisson
On a deserted beach in the Eastern Cape, two estranged sisters re-unite to meet up with their father and settle a few scores before the tide comes in. With a dead goldfish, high style, low living and a lot of water under the bridge, Poisson is a wicked modern fable, with a twist in the tale and the telling of it.
Showing until [provisionally] 23 July (as run may end a week early) at the Baxter Theatre Centre. Tickets: R80. Shows start at 8pm. Book: Computicket.


4. Shakespeare’s R&J
Returning to Cape Town from a successful run at the National Arts Festival, Joe Calarco’s Shakespeare’s R&J, directed by Fred Abrahamse with costume design by Marcel Meyer. Set in an exclusive boarding school, four pupils discover an illicit copy of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and start acting it out. Perceptions and understandings are turned upside down. As the fun of play-acting turns serious and the words and meanings begin to hit home, universal truths emerge.
Showing until 25 July – 20 August at the The Fugard. Tickets: R120 (but R60 on Mondays). Shows start at 8pm. Book: Computicket.


 3. The Gugulethu Tenors Live in Concert
What started more than 10 years ago as four high school students’ respective dreams of being on stage, has culminated into a heart-warming and jaw-dropping musical unit known as The Gugulethu Tenors.
Showing on 24 July at the On Broadway. Tickets: R100. Shows start at 8.30pm. Book: Computicket.


2. Purgatorio
The Baxter Theatre Centre presents the critically acclaimed and much anticipated Purgatorio’, written by Ariel Dorfman. Starring Dawid Minnaar and Terry Norton, and directed by Clare Stopford, this production promises to be phenomenal.
Showing until 30 July at  Baxter Theatre Centre. Tickets: R100 –R130. Shows start at 8pm/7pm. Book: Computicket.


..and for the Number 1 must see this week…


1. Rose
A portrait of a feisty Jewish woman and events that shaped a century. The remarkable story of this woman’s life cannot fail to move you. Martin Sherman’s spectacularly well written play is often harrowing and extremely emotional. The show stars Irish actress, Fiona York, who was imported to South Africa to play this role at the Kalk Bay Theatre.
Showing until 31 July at Kalk Bay Theatre. Tickets: R110. Shows start at 8pm. Book: 073 220 5430


the Drama King give-away

Win one of two sets of double tickets to ‘Rose’ at the Kalk Bay Theatre next week Wednesday, 27 July, at 8pm. To enter, all you have to do, is tell us what you love most about theatre in Cape Town. Entries close on at midnight on Monday, 25 July.


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