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THE MERCURY DURBAN THEATRE AWARDS (article first published : 2007-11-17)

Get out your feather boas and sparkly tiaras! The fifth annual awards evening of The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards takes place on November 26 and offers an evening of glitzy, glamorous sophistication.

This gala occasion is now firmly established on Durban’s theatrical calendar as a fabulous social event not to be missed. The best theatrical talent of the past year will be acknowledged for their excellence.

“The awards system considers only those productions originating and presented in Durban during the period from October 1, 2006, to September 30, 2007. These productions include the genres of drama and comedy, musical theatre, music revue, and children’s theatre, with a total of 47 productions vying for honours at this year’s awards ceremony,” says administrator Peter Taylor. “The calibre of work produced in Durban has remained consistently high over the years and The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards recognises and acknowledges these standards.”

As Monday night is a “night-off” for most productions in Durban, audiences can expect to brush shoulders with who’s who of the Durban theatre scene. Durban’s “Oscars” evening will include excerpts from productions being presented in Durban throughout the festive season.

The evening will be hosted again by the ever charming and elegant Johanne Pillay and Terence Pillay.

Once again The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards is grateful for the generous support from its sponsors and partners who have joined in supporting this year’s awards, thus acknowledging the quality of work produced by the city’s theatre community.

Reinforcing the lead taken by media partner The Mercury, this year’s awards are also given continued support by Business and Arts South Africa, The Hugo Bartel Trust for the Arts, The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, RoyalSechaba Food Services, Essenwood Craft Market, Troubadour Productions, DarkHorse Productions, Stuart Edwards & Company, Durban Theatre Diary, Publicity Matters, Annarosa's Dress Up, All That Glitters, Sunshine Factory, ClaviTech, Distell, Going Places and Black Coffee.

The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards evening takes place at 19h30 on November 26 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. Book at Computicket.




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