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Monday, March 7, 2016


(Lisa Bobbert; Lyle Buxton; Graeme Wicks & Bryan Hyles with (seated)
Jessica Sole & Katy Moore. Pic by Val Adamson)

Deadline for discount seats: March 31, 2016

KickstArt is delighted to announce an exciting bouquet of productions for 2016, to be enjoyed locally in Durban, and in Cape Town and Gauteng.

First up is Sweeney Todd running until April 16 in Cape Town at Theatre on the Bay, The production won several Durban Mercury Theatre Awards, including Best Musical, and is nominated for Joburg’s coveted Naledi Awards following its highly successful season at Montecasino late last year, which was extended by two weeks due to public demand. The production stars Jonathan Roxmouth and Durban favourite, Charon Williams-Ros.

Following the local and national success of Sweeney Todd, KickstArt are opening their Durban programme with a brand new production of another Sondheim classic, Into the Woods. This moody, magical, thought-provoking musical has long been on director Steven Stead’s wish-list, and now he and his creative collaborator, Greg King are realising a dream, bring the first professional production ever to Durban!

Into the Woods follows the trials and adventures of a collection of well-known fairy-tale characters, including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Red Riding Hood. They all go into the deep, dark woods on separate quests, and their paths cross and intersect with sometimes amusing, sometimes alarming results.

KickstArt has assembled an all-star cast for this important production: Frances Currie, now resident in the UK, is coming out to play the indecisive and under-confident Cinderella, with Liesl Coppin as her wicked stepmother. Bryan Hiles and Jessica Sole play the central characters of the Baker and his wife, who have to collect a series of magical objects over three nights in order to dispel the curse of the eccentric next-door witch and have a child of their own.

The Witch, a hugely challenging role first created by Broadway diva Bernadette Peters, and recently played on screen by Meryl Streep, is played with relish and style by Durban’s own delicious diva, Lisa Bobbert. Graeme Wicks plays hapless, dreamy jack, with Marion Loudon as his exasperated, ever-practical mother. Red Ridinghood is played by Katy Moore, and her nemesis, the ever-lurking Wolf, is played by Lyle Buxton, who also plays Cinderella’s handsome and seemingly charming Prince. Rapunzel is played by sweet-voiced Haylea Hounsom, and her prince by exciting newcomer, Alex Hodges.

Into the Woods is directed by Steven Stead, with musical direction by American musical theatre expert, Drew Rienstra, set design by Greg King, costume designs by Neil Harris, and lighting by Tina le Roux. It runs from April 15 to May 1 but, despite its fairytale characters, this musical is aimed at adults, and is not suitable for children under 8 years old.

In the July holidays, KickstArt will present two productions aimed at younger audiences: a revival of Shrek, the Musical at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City, Gauteng, in collaboration with Tsogo Sun, and Winnie the Pooh at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban.

Shrek stars all the original Durban cast of principals, Lyle Buxton, Jessica Sole, Jacobus van Heerden, Rory Booth and Graeme Wicks. It runs from June 24 to July 17. No children under 4 years old.

Winnie the Pooh is a colourful and faithful adaptation of AA Milne’s classic children’s book. It stars Nhlakanipho Manqele as the much-beloved bear, and quirky Belinda Henwood as his nervous side-kick, Piglet. Others in the cast include Liesl Coppin as bossy but motherly Kanga, and Luca Tarboton (Annie in KickstArt’s 2014 production of Annie) as her mischievous off-spring, Roo. Bryan Hiles plays Tigger, Roo’s bouncy partner in crime, and Rowan Bartlett plays all-knowing Owl, with Anthony Stonier as ever-efficient Rabbit. Peter Court plays doleful donkey Eeyore, and directs this production. Set and costume design is by Greg King. Winnie the Pooh runs from June 30 to July 17. No babes in arms, or children under 3.

Finally, KickstArt’s much anticipated contribution to the festive season is the traditional family pantomime, Sleeping Beauty. Inspired by the film Frozen, this magical tale unfolds in a magical Scandinavian country, all Gothic towers, wreathed with snow, crystal and ice, and promises a romantic, enchanting adventure for all ages.

It stars Haylea Hounsom as Princess Rose, with Lyle Buxton as her handsome prince, Robin. Carol Trench makes another rare and very welcome return to the Durban stage to play her hilarious and anxiety-ridden mother, Queen Dot, and Peter Court plays her lugubrious, hard of hearing father, King Frotho the Frosty. Darren King and Graeme Wicks provide masses of humour as Nurse Nora Knickersnagger and Hucleby Hopscotch the court jester, and Bryan Hiles reaches new levels of charming silliness as the cowardly knight, Sir Ninnyliver. The magical forces of good and evil are splendidly represented by the effervescent Belinda Henwood as Celestina Sparkle, and Katy Moore as the deliciously evil Maleficent.

Sleeping Beauty is directed by Steven Stead, with musical direction by Evan Roberts, set and costume designs by Greg King, and lighting by Tina le Roux. It runs from December 2 to January 8. No performances Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day.

Booking for all 2016 shows at Computicket: For block bookings and exciting Early Bird specials contact Ailsa Windsor of Going Places:, or 083 250 2690. Until March 31, you can book 10 seats and get them for the price of 8, for any show in any price range.