Rob van Vuuren

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Rob van Vuuren

Rob van Vuuren at the NAtional Arts Festival, 07 July 2009. (CUEPIX/ Sophie Marcus)


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


5. Hairspray

The Waterfront Theatre School presents everyone’s favourite 50s-style musical, ‘Hairspray’. Directed by Paul Griffiths, the Waterfront Theatre School will be singing and dancing the night away with all those numbers we have grown to love, in this production that deals with overturning racist ideals in Baltimore, through a tubby young girl who loves to dance.

Showing until 3 September at the Masque Theatre. Tickets: R70. Shows start at 8pm/2.30pm/6.30pm/3pm. Book: 021 788 1898.


4. The Rake’s Progress

One of the most performed operas written since World War II, Stravinsky’s wacky neoclassical masterpiece The Rake’s Progress, which tracks a young rake’s entertaining fall from grace with Mozartian wit and brilliance, will receive its belated African premiere in this co-production by Cape Town Opera and the UCT Opera School, in a staging which reunites key members of the creative team behind 2010’s colourful Il Viaggio a Reims. Under the spirited baton of Kamal Khan, this imaginative new production will feature a witty mash-up of 18th-century and contemporary imagery, wtih choreography by Sean Bovim.
Showing 30 August – 3 September at the Baxter Theatre. Tickets: R100 – R200 (Students = 50% discount after midday, on the day -only at the Baxter Box Office). Shows start at 7.30pm. Book: Computicket.


3. Ndumiso Lindi

Known for his trademark hat, funky urban stylish look and brilliant impersonations of the Madiba Jive, Ndumiso Lindi is regarded as one of South Africa’s top black comedians.  An entertainer with flair, Ndumiso delves into honest observations of everyday life in South Africa; the diversity of South African cultures; as well as the uniqueness of black people.  Painting the nation from a young black man’s point of view, this talented man is well on his way to the top!
Showing until 28 – 30 August at the On Broadway. Tickets: R85. Shows start at 8.30pm. Book: Computicket.


2. Monkey Nuts

Monkey Nuts is one of the finest and funniest shows you will ever see, a true comical masterpiece from the creators of Hoot and The Chilli Boy. The show, performed by multi-award-winning actor Matthew Ribnick, is a definite must-see for anybody craving brilliant quality entertainment. Monkey Nuts recently won the prestigious Naledi Award for best comedy performance. Don’t miss this mesmerizing and hilarious piece of theatre that is destined to become yet another Naidoo/Ribnick classic.
Showing 31 August – 1 October at the Baxter Theatre. Tickets: R100 – R130. Shows start at 8.15pm. Book: Computicket.


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


1. Rob van Vuuren – Live

The latest award-winning stand-up comedy show written and performed by Rob van Vuuren who was, this year, once again identified by the Mail and Guardian as one of the 200 young South Africans you should take out to lunch.  2011 also saw Rob awarded the Breakthrough Act Award at the inaugural Comics Choice Award and following the runaway success of the premiere of Rob van Vuuren Live at the National Arts Festival the show walked away with the coveted Standard Bank Ovation Award for Comedy. He is an irreverent, honest and above all sidesplittingly funny perspective on many of Rob’s favourite subjects which range from dogs, flies and Jehovah’s Witnesses to becoming a dad, adoption and giant mutant toenails.
Showing until 25 – 27 August at the On Broadway. Tickets: R85. Shows start at 8.30pm. Book: Computicket.


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