Baxter Theatre – May

Baxter Theatre – May

‘Tobacco, and the Harmful Effects Thereof’

– May 20 to June 13

Tobacco Fact: Take a fly. Put it in a snuff box. It will die. Probably from nervous exhaustion. This, along with many more interesting facts and naked truths, are unfathomed in ‘Tobacco, and the Harmful Effects Thereof’.
The production which comes to the Baxter from May 20 to June 13, marks a long overdue collaboration between 2006 Standard Bank Young Artist Winner Sylvaine Strike and 1986 Standard Bank Young Artist Winner Andrew Buckland with a haunting guest appearance by Toni Morkel. The critically acclaimed sold- out hit production of the 2014 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown tells the tale of Ivan, who is told by his wife to lecture on the harmful effects of tobacco…
Cue said, “Buckland’s unrivalled performance combined with Sylvaine Strike’s masterful direction “is an experience that, like grief, never leaves over time, it merely winds its way into our soul.”  This production is not to be missed and follows on from Strikes’ previous hit productions at the Baxter, such as ‘The Miser’ and ‘Black and Blue’.

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‘A Class Of One’

– May 6 to 30

Featuring ‘Cold Case: Revisiting Dulcie September’ and ‘My Word! Redesigning Buckingham Palace’

Acclaimed Cape Town actors, Denise Newman and Basil Appollis team up with writer Sylvia Vollenhoven to present a repertoire season ‘A Class of One’, at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from May 6 to 30. The two plays pay homage to two extraordinary teachers whose personality and stature each made an impact internationally. ‘Cold Case: Revisiting Dulcie September’ pays tribute to feisty activist Dulcie September who was assassinated in Paris while ‘My Word! Redesigning Buckingham Palace’ focusses on well-known writer Richard Rive who was brutally murdered at his home.
‘Cold Case: Revisiting Dulcie September’ is directed by Basil Appollis and won two coveted awards at the 2014 National Arts Festival. ‘My Word! Redesigning Buckingham Palace’, directed by Sandra Temmingh returns to the Baxter after a successful West End season in London where it received raved reviews from audiences and the media.


Crown Of The Russian Ballet

– May 6 to 9

2015 marks the 175th anniversary of the birth of the great Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. For one-and-a-half centuries his music has generated great interest amongst all generations and people all over the world and it continues to mesmerise to this day.
His three ballets ‘Swan Lake’, ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘The Nutcracker’ are true pearls of the world’s ballet treasures.
Artistic Director Anatoly Emelianov has prepared a special programme for this tour devoted to Tchaikovsky, which includes the world premiere of a new ballet, ‘Manfred’, a one-act ballet based on the poem by romantic poet Lord Byron with choreography by Emelianov. Other works in this programme include ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (one-act ballet, with choreography by Emelianov) and Suite from Petipa’s ‘The Sleeping Beauty’.