NOW SHOWING


Nik Rabinowitz in WORK IN PROGRESS

12th - 20th July

After a sold out season earlier this year, Nik Rabinowitz returns in DRY WHITE for a one week run.


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After a sold out season earlier this year, Nik Rabinowitz returns with a new show to keep you warm this winter. 

NIK RABINOWITZ in WORK IN PROGRESS
Join Nik Rabinowitz for his new show, WORK IN PROGRESS, which is a very confusing title, because the show is completely written, completely memorised, and completely hilarious.
When it comes to side-splitting stories about hair transplants, ill-conceived mountain rescues, and the pitfalls of genetic testing, Nik has it all figured out, written down, and ready for delivery. The show itself is finished. A work complete. It’s Nik who’s still trying to figure out who he is, where he came from, where he’s going (Romania, probably), and how he ended up here with a wife, three kids, two animals, and the vague feeling that this life might actually belong to someone else. 

COMING SOON


BOYS DON'T CRY IN JULY

23rd July – 27th July

the gentleman of the South African comedy


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BOYS DON'T CRY IN JULY is Ndumiso Lindi`s latest uniquely engaging and hilarious expression of the laughable moments in everyday life. A comedy show dedicated to his father, his life and times, the show is a personal, relatable story that takes the audience on a laugh-a-minute journey through his life, words and wisdom.

NDUMISO LINDI – or ‘Roosta’ to his friends – has become known as the gentleman of the South African comedy circuit.  He is a brilliant comedian whose accessible and well-constructed narrative has endeared him to audiences of all races across the country.

I learnt early on that I had to understand my audience in order to appeal to them,” says Lindi.  His intuition and intellect has given him a firm grasp of his nation’s collective funny bone, allowing him to appeal to a huge spectrum of the population.

Ndumiso’s novel blend of nu-school style and solid tradition makes for a brilliant and outstanding South African comedy act. His deep voice, soul-warming smile, booming laughter, original content and seamless delivery leaves you proud to be African and laughing from the belly.

Times: Tuesday –  Saturday @ 20:15

COMING SOON


ONE NIGHT STANDS COMEDY FESTIVAL

30th July - 10th August

A comedy festival featuring some of South Africa’s best comic acts.


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ONE NIGHT STANDS COMEDY FESTIVAL

A comedy festival featuring some of South Africa’s best comic acts.
10 big names, 10 different shows, 10 days of laughter. 

  

30th July
Goliath and Goliath Live @ 8pm

31st July
Tats Nkonzo’s New Nights @ 8pm

1st August
Robby Collins - Iyeza Comedy Tour @ 8pm

2nd August
Tsitsi Chiumya @ 8pm

3rd August
Mojak Lehoko @ 6pm
Carvin Goldstone @ 8pm
Nina Hastie @ 9:30pm

6th August
Mo Mothebe - Chocolate Chronicles @ 8pm

7th August
Mark Banks – Mark Banks on Ice! @ 8pm

8th August
Dalin Oliver - Adulting @ 8pm

9th August
Carl Joshua @ 6pm
Noko Moswete - One Night with the Queen @ 8pm

10th August
Open Mic Night @ 6pm
Lihle Msimang - Ma-temtem @ 8pm

COMING SOON


Musical Variety Show in Aid of Empowervate Trust

Sunday 4th August

A not-to-be-missed musical show featuring SA's top performers


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An exhilarating and enjoyable musical variety show featuring SA's top performers.

ONE SHOW ONLY

On Sunday 4 August 2019, The Musical Variety Show in aid of Empowervate will take place at the
Auto & General Theatre on the Square in Sandton City at 3pm.

Tickets will cost R220pp


The featuring artists include legend Cindy Alter (Clout fame - 'Substitute' and 'Save Me') and the “Yebo Gogo”
Vodacom advert personality Michael de Pinna, as well as Tony Yoko
and his Jazz Ensemble led by Wendy Allen-Twyford performing numbers from the Great American
Songbook and other easy-listening jazz.
It will be an awesome afternoon - good for company team building or reward or a Women’s Day event
as it is 5 days before the national holiday. Everyone is welcome!


Empowervate Trust – in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education – run the Youth
Citizens Action Programme (Y-CAP) to provide young learners with project management, social
entrepreneurship and life skills through the Y-CAP Toolkit and workshops across each province of the
country. They are also given a platform to showcase their impactful and sustainable social,
environmental and educational projects at district, provincial and national level.
Y-CAP Founder and CEO, Amanda Blankfield-Koseff, says more than 400 schools, comprising over
four thousand primary and secondary school learners from the country’s nine provinces, registered to
participate in Y-CAP in 2019. The National Championships will take place in Benoni on 17 and 18
August. The fundraiser is to support the work of Empowervate Trust to empower and motivate the
next generation of active citizens and values-led role models.

COMING SOON


HEDY! THE LIFE & INVENTIONS OF HEDY LAMARR

13th – 24th August

Direct from America


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HEDY! THE LIFE & INVENTIONS OF HEDY LAMARR
Written & Performed by HEATHER MASSIE

Hedy Lamarr, glamorous siren of the silver screen, was more than the most beautiful woman in the world. She invented frequency hopping and spread spectrum technology that makes the world of wireless communication tick. From Austria to Hollywood, WWII, torpedoes, ecstasy, and intrigue to the very cell phone in your pocket, she was there!
Fresh from tours in the US, Ireland, Zimbabwe and around South Africa, actor and writer HEATHER MASSIE brings HEDY! THE LIFE & INVENTIONS OF HEDY LAMARR to Sandton for a limited two week run!

The show features the unexpected scientific genius of Hollywood screen star and inventor Hedy Lamarr. Known as 'the most beautiful woman in the world', Lamarr also invented technology for torpedoes during WWII that is now used in cell phones, WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth. Written and performed by HEATHER MASSIE, its mission is to inspire audiences to find ways to make the world a better place, to encourage young women in science and technology, and to establish Hedy Lamarr as a role model for intelligence and ingenuity. 

Massie has toured the show throughout the United States, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sweden, and Italy to theatres, festivals, science centres, technology conferences, universities, schools, and museums, garnering 12 awards and critical acclaim.  It has featured aboard the USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in NYC; at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin, Ireland for the Inspirefest 2018 technology conference; and at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Harare, Zimbabwe, and the Intwasa Arts Festival in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, both sponsored by the US Embassy Zimbabwe. Earlier this year Ms. Massie presented the show in Rome, Italy with the OnStage! Festival, followed by a tour of four theatres in the Counties of Kerry, Limerick and Cork in Ireland. 

“Captivating” – The Huffington Post
“Effervescent” - Silicon Republic 
“Fascinating” - Belfast Times
“Highly inventive” - The Irish News
“Richly realized” - Blogcritics Magazine 
“Highly entertaining” - Splash Magazine
“Magnetic performance” - Theater Scene
“Exceptionally talented” - MD Theatre Guide
“Lively & enlightening” - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“Remarkable” - Theatre in the Now
“Gorgeous” - Total Theater

12 International Awards Including:
Best Actress - Galway Fringe, Ireland
Outstanding Performance - Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, NYC
Audience Choice - IndyFringe, Indiana
Best Actress - SaraSolo Festival, Florida
Audience Choice - Shenandoah Fringe, Virginia
Festival Bestseller - United Solo Festival, NYC
US Embassy Zimbabwe Grant - Intwasa Arts Festival, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
US Embassy Zimbabwe Grant - Harare International Festival of the Arts, Harare, Zimbabwe


About HEATHER MASSIE

Blacksburg, VA native, and NYC-based writer & performer Heather Massie studied Astrophysics with dreams of becoming an astronaut before studying Theatre Arts in the Virginia Tech School of the Arts and becoming a professional actress. She now marries her loves of art and science in the person of actress/inventor Hedy Lamarr, in her solo show HEDY! THE LIFE & INVENTIONS OF HEDY LAMARR. As Hedy she interacts with the audience and plays the 33 other characters in Hedy’s story including Jimmy Stewart, Bette Davis and Louis B. Mayer. Through the show she seeks to encourage young women in science and technology, to empower women, and to inspire audiences to find ways to make the world a better place. She has toured the world with the show garnering 12 awards and critical acclaim. She brings the show to theatres, festivals, science centers, technology conferences, museums, universities, schools, libraries, Jewish centers, & cultural and scientific organizations throughout the United States and around the world. This is the first in her planned trilogy of solo plays celebrating women in science.

Times: Tuesday – Friday @ 20:15 and Saturday @ 18:00 and 20:15

 

COMING SOON


MO MAGIC LIVE

27th – 31st August

South Africa’s Top Magician


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MO MAGIC LIVE
27th – 31st August

Having captivated audiences on TV and stages internationally, Mo Magic will intrigue, astonish and entertain you, leaving you spellbound by his combination of world class magic, mystifying mentalism and family friendly comedy. Regarded by many as South Africa’s top magician, his passion is “Spreading Joy & Delight” through his craft. Audience members are invited on stage to be part of the show and gasps, laughs and OMGs are just some of the reactions that one can expect from his fast paced theatre performance.

“South Africa’s Top Magician” - International Review (Gulf News)
“The James Bond of Magic” - The Times

Times: Tuesday – Friday @ 20:15 and Saturday @ 18:00 and 20:15

COMING SOON


CUPCAKES AND COMMISERATIONS

3rd – 21st September

Psychological Thriller


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CUPCAKES AND COMMISERATIONS

3rd – 21st September
Written by TAMMANY BARTON
Directed by PENNY BRAMWELL-JONES
with TAMMANY BARTON, DANNY DE BRUYNE, MASASA MBAGENI, ILANIT SHAPIRO, MUZI MTHEMBU, TANJA FRANZEN and ANGELA SPARKS

There is no recipe to love - CUPCAKES AND COMMISERATIONS is a psychological thriller set in a kitchen in Johannesburg. It combines the stories of 5 woman who attempt to uncover the disappearance of Frank Thompson. 

Frank is married to Nola and is having an affair with two other women. The play’s narrative explores the themes of monogamy, sex, marriage, betrayal, seduction, addiction and abuse all of which give rise to the complexity of the human condition. 

The five woman who are being interrogated about Frank’s disappearance commiserate over the recipe of love.

COMING SOON


SIMMI AREFF

24th – 28th September

COMEDY


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SIMMI AREFF

24th – 28th September


Simmi Areff is a new face on the comedy scene but making huge impressions on crowds. Simmi has shared the stage with Marc Lottering and has opened for Riaad Moosa, John Vlismas and Cokey Falkow for their solo shows. He's an effervescent new age Muslim act with great charisma and can be heard on his successful podcast, Lesser Known Somebodies.

COMING SOON


JASON GOLIATH – COUPLES ONLY!

1st – 12th October

Larger than life funny man Jason Goliath, brings you his second one man show, COUPLES ONLY!


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JASON GOLIATH – COUPLES ONLY!  

Larger than life funny man Jason Goliath, brings you his second one man show, COUPLES ONLY!   If you are in a relationship, engaged, married, divorced or single, the show is a must see.  COUPLES ONLY! is a perfect night out as it is appeals to both men and women and was specifically created that way!

Jason promises that the show is not a story about the battle of the sexes but the very construct of the show is non-biased view on relationships as it makes light of either side. Hilarious and thought provoking, his authenticity and energetic personality will leave you gaping at a thought, then immediately breaking into raucous laughter.

COMING SOON


FAWLTY FLOWERS

15 – 26 October

After a successful run in 2018, FAWLTY FLOWERS returns for a short two week run at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square.


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FAWLTY FLOWERS

with ANNIE ROBINSON and MARK MULDER.

Devised & directed by PAUL SPENCE

15th – 26th October

After a successful run in 2018, FAWLTY FLOWERS returns for a short two week run at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square. There’s only one Fawlty Towers (the famous BBC sitcom of the 70’s) and there’s no other married couple quite like Basil and Sybil! Now comedienne Annie Robinson and accomplished actor Mark Mulder get the chance to share the uniquely Fawlty experience with Sandton audiences in their new comedy show.
FAWLTY FLOWERS is pure, delicious Fawlty fun from start to finish. Be a guest in the dining room of the infamous Torquay Hotel!

COMING SOON


GERTRUDE STEIN AND A COMPANION

30th October – 16th November

Winner of an award at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival


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GERTRUDE STEIN AND A COMPANION

Directed by CHRIS WEARE
Written by WIN WELLS
with SHIRLEY JOHNSTON as Gertrude Stein
and LYNITA CROFFORD as Alice B Toklas

30th October – 16th November

Winner of an award at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 

This evocative and witty play explores the extraordinary relationship between American modernist author and poet Gertrude Stein and lifelong partner Alice B. Toklas who rejected the conservative values of middleclass America in the early nineteen hundreds and found refuge in the bohemian decadence of Paris… and in each other. Stein drew artistic genius to her salon like a magnet, numbering among her close friends Hemingway, Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne, Klee and Scott Fitzgerald among other artists, writers and poets.

They regularly gathered at what became known as the ‘Mecca for the modern-minded’ where they inspired each other to create art, drank often, fought often, fell in and out of love… and occasionally indulged in Alice’s hash brownies.

'Beautifully calibrated performances that captivated and drew you into a story well told. Lynita Crofford and Shirley Johnston drew you into the lives of Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas with total conviction - the intimacy of the theatre enhancing the unfolding of their relationship. Full marks to Chris Weare for directing a complex script with a sensitive understatement that moved between pathos and humour so effortlessly' 'Brilliant. Effortlessly portrayed. An immersive love story.'

It’s a rare treat to see two actors at the top of their respective games in a powerful and poignant two-hander tour de force! Both Lynita Crofford and Shirley Johnston are superb in this wryly witty, tender piece detailing the relationship between Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas.

Times: Tuesday – Friday @ 20:15 and Saturday @ 18:00 and 20:15

COMING SOON


ALL YOU ASK OF ME

26th - 30th November

ALL YOU ASK OF ME: CARLY GRAEME SINGS ALL OF YOUR FAVOURITE HITS, ACCOMPANIED BY ROWAN BAKKER


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ALL YOU ASK OF ME
CARLY GRAEME SINGS ALL OF YOUR FAVOURITE HITS! ACCOMPANIED BY ROWAN BAKKER!

“Don’t Rain On My Parade”, “The Winner Takes It All”, “I Dreamed A Dream”, “Memory”, “Never Enough” … the musical theatre songs that everyone wants to hear at their bar mitzvahs, weddings, funerals, 50th birthdays and more all in one evening!

From the award-winning team behind “What You Don’t Know About Women”, &CO with Daphne Kuhn proudly presents ALL YOU ASK OF ME starring Carly Graeme, an evening of audience favourites - not hers!  (Insert eye roll here) She is joined by Rowan Bakker on the piano.

Perfect for your year-end functions and family outings, it’s just plain good old fashioned entertainment! We promise NOT to make you think.

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CONTACT


Tel: 0118838606 (Theatre Box Office) or 0861 915 8000 (Computicket) E-Mail: theatreonthesquare@gmail.com

Address:

Nelson Mandela Square (formerly Sandton Square) adjoins Sandton City - just off Rivonia Rd. Entrances to the Square and the parking garage are in West Street and 5th Street, Sandown. Click here to view Google Maps.

PERFORMANCES

Tuesdays to Saturday, at 8:15pm

Saturdays at 6pm and 8:15pm

Show times may differ slightly - please contact the theatre to confirm show times - 011 883 8606

The ramped backstage entrance opens 15minutes before the show. 

Please ensure you are at the theatre 15 minutes before the show. 

Special show times can be arranged should you wish to book the whole theatre

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