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FESTIVE SEASON EXTRAVAGANZA (article first published : 2004-12-13)

This festive season the Playhouse Opera explodes in a retrospective celebration of highlights of 10 all-time-favourite shows staged at the Playhouse over the past 10 years. Music, dance and drama combine for an evening of unforgettable entertainment!

Opening on December 17, The Festive Season Extravaganza will undoubtedly be Durban's most spectacular show with a cast of more than 250 performers, a full orchestra and the ‘who’s who’ of South African theatre and music. Directed by Mark Hawkins, the show features sets designed by Greg King, and costumes by Neil Stuart Harris.

The spectacular lineup will include extracts from the musical Queen, the pas de deux from The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet, maskandi superstar Phuzekhemisi, e-tv's Pat Pillai in Ronnie Govender's At the Edge and Linda Vargas as well as The East Coast Choir and Nateshwar Dance Company.

Also on the programme are Duncan Royce, Gloria Bosman, Timothy Moloi, Sam Marais, Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company, SAB Indlamu, the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Lions of Zululand and lots more! Narrators for the evening are Garth Anderson and Pamela Nomvete, with guest artist Pat Pillai.

The Festive Season Extravaganza is also a celebration of the decade of democracy, and promises to delight Durban theatre audiences with it's impressive sets, huge cast, well-known theatre personalities and glittering extravaganza feel.

Welcome 2005 in true theatrical style at the star-studded New Year's Eve performance on December 31 which starts at 21h30 and features Linda Bukhosini performing the smash-hit Barcelona, and a live crossing on Ukhozi FM.

So get out the pearls, feathers, bow-ties and party mood – the Playhouse is back in business in a big way. Book early - this special performance is sure to sell out!

The Festive Season Extravaganza runs from December 17 to 31 in the Playhouse Opera. Tickets R25 to R60 from Wednesday to Sunday; R20 for Tuesday performances, and R35 for bonus performances. Performances are generally at 19h30 (including Christmas Eve) with 14h30 matinees on Saturdays and Wednesdays. There is a performance at 18h00 on December 19.

Book at Computicket or call 031 369 9444.




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