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THE RED COAT TALES (article first published : 2002-11-17)

The Red Coat Tales is a brand new original pantomime which previews at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from November 27 to premier on November 30. The show then runs until December 31.

A cast of ten tells the story of a magical Ringmaster’s coat, which holds the key to fame and fortune. Jake and Jill, two typical Durban children, guided by an assortment of mysterious and magical characters, and a host of young dancers embark on an adventure through time and space to destroy the evil Ringmaster, Paracelsus, and rescue Jill’s mother.

Set in Durban, past and present, it is both an adventure and a fairytale, full of ancient wisdom, wholesome truths, popular songs and spectacular dance sequences. The adventure moves from suburban streets of present-day Durban to the beachfront or from an agricultural fair in Pietermaritzburg to early Grey Street, finally reaching The Great Circus – the world of Paracelsus.

The characters and storyline have been chosen to appeal to all people of all ages. The show is a rollercoaster ride through familiar and not-so-familiar scenery, where the age-old battle between good and evil is fought. The show promises to be a feast for the senses, a treat for the fun-loving and an absolute must for festive season theatre-goers.

The Red Coat Tales is written by Belinda Harward and features Peter Court, Kate Bruce, Clare Mortimer, Darren King, Neill Coppen, Tessa Denton, Belinda Chapman, Adhir, Joel Zuma, Hlengiwe Lushaba and others. The production will also feature 20 talented children who have been auditioned from five top Durban dance studios.

Musical Director is Dawn Selby; choreography is by Coral Chamberlain with stage and set design by Clare Mortimer and Peter Court who have also designed the costumes. Lighting design is by Michael Broderick.

Visually the production will marry elements of the traditional Christmas panto, with a distinctive circus feel and a touch of the mysterious darkness, velvet and lace as captured in the recent screen version of Moulin Rouge.

Performances on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 19h00 and Sundays at 18h00 (tickets R45); Fridays and Saturday at 19h30 (tickets R58), and matinee performances on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 14h00 (tickets R30).

Tickets R30 for special low-price previews on December 27, 28, 29 and 30, the latter having two shows. Fund Raising performances have been allocated and special ticket price concessions can be given for bookings of 50 or more. Charities and fund raising organisations should contact Gary on 031 201 7627.




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