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A HANDFUL OF KEYS (article first published : 2003-02-22)

In 1994, a two piano revue called A Handful of Keys opened in a 160-seat theatre in Johannesburg. It had an advance of booking of 94 seats and was due to play a five week season. "After all, how much can two men do with two pianos?" was the initial response.

The first season sold out within 10 days and three years later, it closed to full houses in a 1,000-seat theatre having played to more than 120,000 people in over 350 performances. It had won nine theatre awards nationally and attracted the kind of reaction from the critics and the public that makes for a producerís dream.

In 2001, it was revived for a short season of benefit concerts and attracted the identical response - raves from the critics, standing ovations, and soaring box office.

Deceptively simple, A Handful of Keys cannot be called a revue, a concert, a cabaret, a tribute, or a send-up because it is all of those things. It is a truly unique show.

A dynamic new performance partnership of Ian Von Memerty and Roelof Colyn will present A Handful of Keys at the Hilton College Theatre from April 3 to 5. To book ring 033 343 0126 without delay!




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