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Wednesday, June 24, 2009


(Pic: This tale of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh is sure to enchant)

Lively treat for the full family from KickstArt and the Playhouse Company these holidays.

These July holidays will be made livelier and brighter for the whole family with a welcome return of KickstArt’s award-winning production of the colourful children’s classic, Winnie-the-Pooh, at the Playhouse Opera from July 2 to 19.

This charming production played to capacity houses and was hailed by critics as the holiday highlight of 2006.

Now, the celebrated team of director Steven Stead and designer Greg King will be remount this holiday favourite for a limited two and a half week season. The production is being re-directed by Peter Court from Steven Stead’s original 2006 production. Set design is again by Greg King, lighting design is by Mike Broderick, musical direction by Justin Southey and costume design is by Peter Court.

The delightful adventures of Winnie-the Pooh, Christopher Robin and their funny, loveable friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, are bought to vivid life by a first-class professional cast, and select team of talented younger actors. Catchy, hummable songs are by the inventive local composer, Justin Southey.

The cast is much the same as it was in the original 2006 production, with Rowan Bartlett heading the company as the loveable bear and Carol Trench flying out from Norway to don squeaky Piglet’s fat suit. Other seasoned professional cast members include Peter Court (Eeyore), Anthony Stonier (Rabbit), Michael Gritten (Tigger), Liesl Coppin (Kanga) and Marc Kay (Owl).

Book at Computicket, and for more information visit KickstArt’s website:

Presented in association with the Playhouse Company, Winnie-the-Pooh runs from July 2 to 19 in the Playhouse Opera with performances from Tuesday to Sunday at 14h30 and Fridays at 19h00. Tickets R100 (R80 children under 12) throughout. There is a special low price preview on July 3 (R80 throughout). Book at Computicket or Playhouse Box-Office on 031 369 9540.