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Tuesday, September 22, 2009


(Pic: Godfrey Johnson))

Godfrey Johnson performs a show in the spirit of Noel Coward at Rhumbelow Theatre.

Fleur de Cap winner, Godfrey Johnson brings to life the spirit of Noel Coward in the one-person cabaret, Flirting with Coward. The genius wit of this writer and composer of the 20th century is showcased by one of Cape Town’s top-rated musical performers.

Noel Coward carried himself with style and sophistication in a time when the standards were higher. Witty and debonair, he was the centre of attention, charming his friends with his musical genius and satirical wit. He was the very image of the elegant gentleman in a smoking jacket with a cigarette holder. Join Godfrey Johnson to discover the spirit of this iconic performer, who can hold you in his palm with his illuminating wit and irresistible musical charm.

After having worked for many years as a musician, director, composer and having accompanied Pieter-Dirk Uys, Godfrey Johnson won the 2007 Fleur du Cap award for Best Performance in a Cabaret for his work in Kissed by Brel. He now brings his signature style of music to reinterpret the songs of one of the last century’s most satirical and visionary entertainers.

Noel Coward, known for being the musical and witty host, comes alive between the notes, chords, and words sung by this Cape Town performer. Johnson will perform his own versions of such Coward classics as Mad Dogs and Englishmen, 20th Century Blues, Mad about the Boy and If Love were All. More than a tribute, this show honours the spirit of Coward in the 21st century.

Following the success of Behind Every Man, a cabaret honouring women songwriters, Johnson premieres Flirting with Coward as his second collaboration with Bosnian born director, Sanjin Muftic. Muftic’s previous Yawazzi productions, Under the Stars, Above the Tree and The Life and Work of Petrovic Petar have both received passionate critical acclaim. The show is also beautifully designed by Jon Keevy, also of Yawazzi, who has written Under the Stars, Above the Tree.

Godfrey Johnson was nominated for a Fleur du Cap award for his performance in Flirting with Coward.

Shows take place on October 2 and 3 at 20h00 and on October 4 at 18h30. There will be four further performances on October 9 and 10 at 20h00 with two shows on October 11 at 14h00 and 16h30. The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner.

Tickets R100. Take along food picnic baskets and braais will be available. There is limited secure parking and booking is essential. A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Rhumbelow Theatre is situated in Cunningham Avenue off Bartle Road. Book through Computicket.