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SPIRIT OF THE DANCE (article first published : 2002-04-20)

The Johannesburg Civic Theatre recently announced that the hit Irish dance show Spirit of the Dance will be back from April 8, 2003!

Spirit of the Dance will have performed to over 87,000 people during its current South African Tour which finishes on April 21. The show has broken all box office records in the 40-year history of the Johannesburg Civic Theatre. However, demand for tickets has been so great that the theatre needed to satisfy its patrons immediately by completing overnight negotiations for a return visit next year.

"Our customers just don't want to accept 'no' for an answer!”, says Bernard Jay, CEO of the Johannesburg Civic Theatre: “They're getting angry with us because we can't provide tickets, even though we extended the Johannesburg season by eighteen additional performances! So we're opening bookings for the return visit of the show exactly one year later. It's a 'first' in South African theatre history, but if the demand is there we must meet it."

With the next hit international touring dance show, Tap Dogs, already on sale for its performances in August; the return of pantomime with Janice Honeyman's Sleeping Beauty already breaking advance sales records for performances that don't start until the end of October 2002, and with a 70% occupancy rate confirmed for 2003 on The Nelson Mandela stage of the theatre complex, The Johannesburg Civic Theatre has certainly proven that a world class receiving theatre is welcomed by Gauteng theatregoers !

More details from Johannesburg Civic Theatre on 011 403-3408.




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