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THEATRE ON A BUDGET (article first published : 2005-02-11)

Realising that patrons are still recovering from the festive season – January and February are notorious for money being in short supply, three of Durban’s theatre managements are ensuring affordable options for their respective theatre shows to allow cash-strapped patrons to enjoy affordable quality theatre early in the year. (All productions have been reviewed on artSMart)

The fun adult panto Aladdin, written by Patrick Hyland and directed by Peter Court with costume design by Kit Reading from London is running at Kwasuka Theatre until March 12. It stars Anthony Stonier with Clare Mortimer, Peter Court and Rowan Bartlett, supported by Marc Kay and Julia Clarence. The budget special offers patrons a reduced rate for tickets bought at the door before the show. Tickets R65 at Computicket (R40 at the door subject to availability). Shows are 20h00 from Tuesday to Saturday.

Written and directed by Themi Venturas, Bums and Roses at the Catalina Theatre runs until February 20 and features veteran musical theatre performer Arnie Field in his swansong performance in South Africa before moving to the UK. Co-starring in this musical comedy is Hamish Kyd and dance sequences are provided by Deanne Mackintosh and Leanne Van Zyl. The show is backed up by some fine music including a variety of hilarious parodies. Bums and Roses budget contribution is Buy One Get One Free Special on Tuesdays (20h00) and Sundays (18h00). Call Thandeka on 031 305 6889. Normal tickets price R60 (pensioner and student discounts apply).

Raising the Standards which is running until March at the Royal Hotel Grill Room, marks the 20th anniversary this year of the popular Gee Jays. The velvet-voiced trio of Gary McKenzie, John Didlick and Grant Bell take a funny, good-natured and musical look at life in sunny South Africa with a delicious repertoire of familiar old and new tunes. The ticket price of R150 includes the show and a Royal Hotel Grill Room supper. The budget deal that theatrelovers can see the show only for R60 every Tuesday. For the rest of the week (Wednesday to Saturday), dinner is served from 19h00 and show starts at 20h30. Book through the Royal Hotel or Computicket.

The manangements of the three productions warmly invite theatre patrons to enjoy three fabulous comedy musical masterpieces at an affordable price.




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