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DOCKYARD NEWS (article first published : 2005-03-27)

After opening its doors in April 2003, the Dockyard Theatre - with “the best view in town” - has become one of Durban’s best loved venues. The concept of enjoying a sit-down meal whilst watching a live show is a popular Durban form of entertainment. Dockyard Supper Theatre has the edge in terms of its superb location on the harbour entrance.

This was to change at the beginning of 2005, as all the buildings were to give way to the widening of the harbour entrance. However, a stay of execution has come about with the welcome news that the Port Authorities have postponed the operation at least until the end of January 2006.

“This gives us the breathing space we need to establish our new venue,” says Stuart Mey, co-owner of the Dockyard Supper Theatre. “Without that ‘sword of Damocles’ over our heads, it allows us to plan and cast our shows until Jan 2006,” he added.

Currently playing at the Dockyard is The Motown Show, a colourful review of the Motown empire showcasing artists like The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. This show runs until April 24.

Following hot on the heels of The Motown Show is Rocking through the Eighties, a celebration of the great rock bands who came to prominence in the 1980’s. These include legends like Toto, Journey, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Europa, Bon Jovi, with a touch of the ‘Glam Rockers’ like Spandau Ballet, Tears for Fears and UltraVox. This show runs from April 28 until July 17.

West Coast Cruising will move into the theatre from July 21 to September 25. “We opened the Dockyard with a tribute to the Eagles, back in April 2003,” says Stuart. “People have been begging us to bring that show back. Well I’m pleased to say that Eagles fans will not be disappointed with West Coast Cruising as we will showcase, not only the very best of the Eagles, but also the music of America, Doobie Brothers, Z.Z. Top and others.

The year will culminate with a bumper show entitled, Hollywood Rox. This show will celebrate a selection of evergreen classics that found their way onto the charts via the Silver Screen. The show will highlight the most memorable songs of the 20th Century that were featured in movies.

“This end of year show could well be our swansong at the Point before we move the Theatre to new premises,” says Stuart Mey, “So it promises to be a bumper show, with a great lineup of talent as well as a welcome return of the brass section used in Joe Cocker and The Motown Show.




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