Share this article

The Joburg Theatre Complex has a strong line-up of interesting shows this month, among them opera, comedy and the Swiss masters, Mummenschanz.
SHOWS such as Carmen, Alcoholocaust, Mummenschanz, African Adventure and The Sopranos are rocking the Joburg Theatre Complex throughout April.

CarmenThriller: Carmen is at the Mendela Theatre until 10 AprilThe complex is known for its world-class international and home-grown theatre. 
The month’s line-up begins with Bizet’s Carmen, which runs until 10 April at the Mandela Theatre, rousing audiences with its fiery tale. “Carmen has thrilled audiences since its premiere with its passionate score and its sexually powerful principal character, Carmen,” says Claire Pacariz, the marketing manager and associate producer at the Joburg Theatre.

This Opera Africa production of the popular French opera features an international cast, headed by the American conductor, Timothy Myers; the director, James Marvel; and accompanied by the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tickets begin at R100 per person.

The second show in the line-up is Jim Jefferies’ Alcoholocaust, from 7 to 9 April at the Mandela Theatre. Tickets prices range from R212 upwards per person.

“Jim Jefferies, the globally renowned Australian stand-up comedian … [is] never afraid to court controversy,” says Pacariz. “Jefferies’ forthright and opinionated shows have sometimes divided audiences. But no-one ever said being a comedian was easy, even if Jefferies makes it look that way.”

He is followed by Mummenschanz, the remarkable Swiss theatre troupe that has mastered the art of make believe and illusion. “By using everyday objects and materials, such as cardboard boxes, rolls of toilet paper, masking tape and refuse bags, among others, they create ingenious costumes and expressive masks that transform into fascinating and funny creatures.”

MummenschanzMasters of make believe: MummenschanzThe show runs from 12 to 17 April at the Mandela Theatre. Tickets start at R149 each. 
Also starting on 12 April is African Adventure. This tale takes audiences on a sound journey of the African bushveld. Tickets are priced from R95. African Adventure ends on 30 April.

Ending the month is The Sopranos, running from 19 April to 1 May at the Mandela Theatre. “For the first time in South Africa, and directly from its United Kingdom tour, this electrifying show brings you a night of superb songs and immensely talented ladies, displaying a brilliant blend of musical styles,” concludes Pacariz.

The eight sopranos have a repertoire of timeless classics from the world of opera to Broadway, and from popular classics to rock. Tickets prices range from R181.

With three theatres, a café, eight venues for private dining and corporate functions, dance studios and an innovative community theatre venue, Space.com, the Joburg Theatre bustles from morning to night.

It offers everything from ballet to comedy and from drama to pantomime. It also gives performers, musicians, writers, directors, designers and technicians the space and platform to develop and showcase their skills.

For all bookings, contact Happiness or Emelda at the Joburg Theatre on 0861 670 670, send an email to vipticketing@joburgtheatre.com, or visit the website.

Related stories:

New systems boost theatre
Market walks the tightrope
Soweto Theatre brings arts to the people
Panto gets a sponsor
It's all go at Joburg Theatre
Fun at People’s Theatre
Streets of love and greed
Pippi to delight children
Dreamgirls opens at Teatro
Masilo fleshes out her Carmen
Joburg: arts, culture and heritage