The Nutcracker at Artscape
The Artscape Theatre hosts a perennial favourite for the festive season, The Nutcracker, featuring the dancers of the Cape Town City Ballet, joined by a cast of Cape Town’s younger dancers. The traditional version of this fairytale ballet brings to life the story of Clara, Fritz and their eccentric uncle Drosselmeyer.
15 to 24 December
R120 – R200
Artscape Theatre, Artscape Theatre Centre, 1-10 D.F. Malan St, Foreshore, Cape Town
021 421 7839
Riaad Moosa – Life Begins
Award-winning comedian, actor, writer and presenter, Riaad Moosa’s new one-man comedy show, Life Begins, explores the question “Does life really begin at 40?” Moosa gives audiences a snapshot into his life as a 40-year-old, a father of three kids, husband, comedian and actor, with all the current cultural and political issues thrown in. Following sold-out shows across the country, Moosa returns by popular demand for the last Cape Town performance of Life Begins.
16 December, 8.30PM
R150 – R250
Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Convention Square, 1 Lower Long St, Cape Town
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
This children’s classic follows the adventure of Goldilocks in the forest before her birthday. Goldilocks gets lost in the woods on the way to her birthday party, organised by her grandfather. She stumbles across a house belonging to three bears, and with nobody home, Goldilocks goes inside and makes herself comfortable. The three bears come home to find their visitor fast asleep with hilarious consequences.
11 to 16 December, 10.30am
Nassau Theatre, Groote Schuur High School, 77 Palmyra Rd, Newlands, Cape Town
021 558-2650/083 364 8284
King Kong: Return Season
Eric Abraham presents a brand new Fugard Theatre Production of King Kong – The original iconic South African musical. King Kong was a landmark South African musical first presented in 1956. The musical portrays the life and times of a heavyweight boxer Ezekiel Dlamini, known as `King Kong` who lived in Soweto. Due to public demand, King Kong returns for the end-of-year holiday season.
12 December to 21 January 2018, 8/3PM
R160 – R280
The Fugard Theatre, Cnr Caledon & Lower Buitenkant St, Cape Town
021 461 4554
Tim Plewman: Defending the Caveman
The longest running South African one-man-comedy, Defending the Caveman, returns to Cape Town this December, following shows in Australia, Las Vegas and Southern Africa. The show was written by American comedian Rob Becker in 1991 and explores the hilarious complexities of romance and relationships.
12 to 16 December, 8pm
The Roxy Revue Bar, GrandWest Casino, 1 Jakes Gerwel Drive, Goodwood
021 505 7777
The Frog Prince at Artscape
The Artscape presents the children’s theatre play, The Frog Prince. A long time ago a handsome young Prince rode off to seek his fortune. Tired and thirsty, he stopped at a well to have a drink of water. The friendly Frogs warned him that the well belonged to a Witch who would turn him into a Frog if he drank the water. Despite the warning the Prince drinks the water and is turned into a Frog. Only the kiss of a Beautiful Princess can break the spell.
9 to 23 December, 10.30AM to 12PM
Artscape Theatre Foyer, Artscape Theatre Centre, D.F. Malan St, Foreshore, Cape
021 410 9800
Immortal – Immersive Theatre
Immersive Experiences presents Immortal, an immersive theatre production where participants choose their own path as they step boldly into a mysterious new realm where every sense is engaged. Immersive theatre is the phenomenon that has taken the world by storm, and Immortal is the first-ever of its kind in South Africa.
7 December to 14 January 2018, 7.30/8.30/9.30PM
R335 – R385
Castle of Good Hope, Darling St & Buitenkant St, Foreshore, Cape Town
Alan Committie in Planet Mirth
This docu-comedy takes a funny look at everything with a high energy, physical antics combined with witty wordplay and humourous observations. The planet has never been in a more precarious state and that makes it ripe for Committie to unpack how we got here and how we are ever going to move forward. Committie is supported by part-time security guard, Johan van der Walt, and de-motivational speaker, Trevor Tahor.
Until 13 January 2018, 8PM
R120 – R180
Theatre On The Bay, 1 Link Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town
021 438 3301
Aunty Merle, The Musical
This performance, written by Lottering and musical direction by Alistair Izobell, focuses on the comedian’s “most beloved character” Aunty Merle Abrahams from Belgravia Road in Athlone. High drama unfolds as Merle’s daughter Abigail announces her engagement to Alan – a “good-looking white chap”. Abigail’s twisted and corrupt ex, Denver Paulse, who holds a dodgy top job with the SABC, is determined to get her back. If not, he threatens to reveal a very dark secret which is bound to tear the lovers apart. Age Restriction: PG14
Until 13 January 2018
R100 – R260
Baxter Theatre, Main Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town
021 685 7880
Caliente – Circo de Danza
Kalk Bay Theatre presents Caliente – Circo de Danza, a multifaceted production containing elements of dance, cirque, cabaret and comedy. Six multi-talented performers show off their skills in one act after another in this latin flair-inspired show. From strength acts to mad mariachis, tap dancing to extreme cocktail making, there is no rhyme or reason for the assortment of performances in this production.
Until 31 December, 8.30PM
Kalk Bay Theatre, 52 Main Rd, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
021 788 7257