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Wednesday, December 16, 2015


(Photograph from last year’s production)

Back by popular demand, and even bigger and better than last year’s production, The Playhouse Company’s A Christmas Celebration is set to be a festive must!

Imagine Josh Groban’s You Raise Me Up sung by South African jazz and Afro-pop legend Judith Sephuma and opera star Bongani Tembe, accompanied by the 80-strong KZN Philharmonic! This is just one of the pieces to be featured in this festive season extravaganza which opens in the Playhouse Opera Theatre on December 19 for a short run.

Featuring over 150 performers on stage, including celebrated gospel stars Andile KaMajola and Neville D, as well as Raphael Vilakazi, Filipa van Eck, Nozuko Teto, the singers from the Playhouse Chorale, and dancers from the Playhouse Dance Residency, A Christmas Celebration promises holiday audiences a passionate and stirring Christmas spectacular of music and dance directed by Ralph Lawson and choreographed by Sean Bovim.

Other items on the programme include Christmas carols such as Silent Night, stunning dance pieces such as excerpts from The Nutcracker, a dance strength-act from Cape Town that will have audiences gasping in awe, and much more.

The Playhouse Company is offering audiences the opportunity to catch a preview of the production on December 18 at 19h30 for only R100 each from Computicket, irrespective of seat position. Patrons arriving early will be able to watch jazz band 5th Season and poets Koleka Putuma, Pearl Gatsheni, Vusúmuzi Phakathi and Langelihle Maniza Khuzwayo performing live in the Playhouse Foyer for the Company’s regular Sundowners concert, which starts at 17h00.

A Christmas Celebration runs from December 19 to 24 in the Playhouse Opera. Ticket range from R100 to R200, depending on seat position, booked through Computicket on or from the Playhouse Box Office on 031 369 9596/9540. Substantial discounts on group bookings can be obtained by calling Dawn on 031 369 9407.

Playhouse Company patrons also receive discounted parking at the Royal Hotel Parking and at the Albany Grove Parkade. The Playhouse coffee shop offers a variety of light meals and drinks, while the Playhouse bar will be open for every performance.