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THE ZULU (article first published : 2000-12-4)

The Playhouse Company in association with Portnet presents The Zulu at the Playhouse Opera Theatre from December 12 to 31. After its premier in Wiesbaden, Germany, The Zulu went on to play to packed houses and standing ovations at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg for nearly six months.

Now KZN audiences will get the chance to see Mbongeni Ngema’s smash hit musical production which forms part of The Playhouse Company’s festive season. This jubilant and action-packed production tells the story of one of the most important historical events in South Africa’s past - the victory of King Cetshwayo kaMpande’s powerful Zulu army over the British at the epic Battle of Isandlwana in 1879.

The quick and mobile Zulu warriors went to battle against the heavily armed British army in what was the worst defeat Britain suffered in her entire colonial history.

The Zulu is written, composed, choreographed and directed by Mbongeni Ngema. Ngema’s passion for this story comes from the fact that his great-grandfather Mbokodebomvu was one of the leaders of the Ngobamakhosi, Cetshwayo’s favoured regiment. "Ever since I was a child listening to my family tell this great story around the fire, it was my desire that when I grew up, one day, I should tell this story," said Ngema.

The impressive sets are by award-winning designer Sarah Roberts who also co-ordinated costumes costumes by Catherine Ndlovu and Dalton Hostel dwellers. Original lighting design is by Mannie Manim.

Tickets R35 at TicketWeb outlets nationwide or at www.ticketweb.co.za. Credit card bookings on (031) 369-9444.




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