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


First of all, let me apologise for being slightly off the radar lately. Having said that, I must be honest: this week is definitely one of the toughest of week’s to do a top five for. There are a tremendous amount of great productions on at the moment. Nevertheless, I have done my best, to sum them up from good to best.


5. 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 20 August at the The Fugard. Tickets: R120 (but R60 on Mondays). Shows start at 8pm. Book: Computicket.


4. Cracks and the City II

Cape Town’s four funny women, Shimmy Isaacs, Anthea Thompson, Anne Hirsch and Marianne Thamm, return to the Baxter in August with a new full-length show, Cracks And The City II, in celebration of Women’s month. 

Have fun with the hilarious Cracks and their unique view of the world, life, love and everything in between. The Cracks will perform new material and new filmed sketches and are directed by comic whizz Alan Committie.

Showing until 13 August at the Baxter Theatre. Tickets: R100. Shows start at 8.15pm. Book: Computicket.


3. Dirt
Winner of a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival, and nominated as one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans, James Cairns dazzles audiences with his masterful one-man show technique, switching between multiple, instantly recognisable characters, using minimal props and costumes, and taking them on a road trip that’s a roller-coaster of laughter.
Showing until 15 – 27 August at the Baxter Theatre. Tickets: R110 – R130. Shows start at 8.15pm. Book: Computicket.


2. Paul Snodgrass – I’m so Lonely
After a sold-out run at the Baxter Theatre, Snoddie will perform the show for the last time, before starting on his next one man show. For 3 nights only, the man described as South Africa’s funniest angry comic will be performing at On Broadway. The Pocket Ginger, who received a 5-star review at the Edinburgh Festival, will walk the fine line in his observations on the differences between men and women, and why he thinks he’s still single
Showing until 11 – 13 August at the On Broadway. Tickets: R85. Shows start at 8.30pm. Book: Computicket.


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


1. Nando’s Comedy Festival
Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the Nando’s Cape Town Comedy Festival is the biggest comedy festival on the African continent. Featuring the likes of Pablo Francisco (who I was lucky enough to meet and interview on UCT Radio 104.5fm), the festival once again brings seven of the hottest international and local comedy acts together on one stage – this year, for the first time, at the Artscape Opera House.
Showing until 14 August at the Artscape Theatre. Tickets: R150 – R200. Shows start at 7.30pm/6pm(Sat. & Sun.)/10.30pm (late show -Fri.)/9pm (late show -Sat.). Book: Computicket.


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