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Saturday, February 11, 2017


(Katy Moore as Velma & Jessica Sole as Roxy in “Chicago”)

KickstArt Theatre has announced a bumper year of contrasts and surprises, to keep theatre lovers old and young entertained throughout the year!

There are four major productions scheduled for Durban, and a second pantomime which will be going to Gold Reef City in Johannesburg.

“It’s going to be a full and busy year for us. But we know that it will be well worth the effort!” says KickstArt’s director Steven Stead.

CHICAGO: April 7 to 30 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.
Performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 19h30 (plus matinee on Saturdays at 14h30) and Sundays at 18h00.
“We start the year with a bang and a whole lot of razzle dazzle with a brand new production of Kander and Ebbs iconic musical, CHICAGO! At last this wildly entertaining musical with a dazzling score comes to Durban!,” says Stead. “Fast paced and sassy, the show is set in 1920s Chicago, where the gin is cold and the piano's hot. But not as hot as the women! The parties are long, the skirts are short, and everybody’s going to hell in a fast car!

Chicago is directed by Steven Stead, designed by Greg King (sets) and Neil Stuart Harris (costumes), choreography by Janine Bennewith and lighting by Tina le Roux. It features an all-star cast and a live 9 piece band under masterful musical director, Evan Roberts. This is a theatre event that simply cannot be missed! Starring Jessica Sole as Roxy, Katy Moore as Velma, Jason Ralph (who wowed local audiences as Sweeney Todd) as Billy Flynn, Bryan Hiles as Amos, Charon Williams-Ros as Matron Mama Morton and Anne Marie Clulow as Mary Sunshine. (NB: No Children Under 10: Adult Content!)

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH: July 5 to 23 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre
Performances Tuesday to Friday at 14h30, Saturdays at 11h00 and 15h00 and Sundays at 14h30.
In the July holidays, KickstArt will present James and The Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. Greg King directs and designs this magical reimagining of the well-loved, deliciously quirky children’s classic by Roald Dahl, about the young orphan, James, who has a remarkable adventure involving a giant peach and five eccentric giant insects. Perfect July holiday entertainment for the entire family. Starring Bryan Hiles, Clare Mortimer, Peter Court, Belinda Henwood, Nhlakanipho Manqele and Lyle Buxton.

RABBIT HOLE: September 20 to October 1 at Seabrooke’s Theatre (DHS)
Performances Tuesday to Saturday at 19h30 (plus matinee on Saturdays at 14h30) and Sundays at 18h00
“It has been three years since KickstArt has produced a drama, (the last was the multi-award winning Venus In Fur) and we have missed making them as much as our loyal followers have enjoyed watching them,” adds Stead. “So it is with great delight that we announce the South African premiere of a Pulitzer prize-winning Broadway play, Rabbit Hole. This wonderful play is a moving and often surprisingly amusing examination of love and loss within a family. The production stars Liesl Coppin and Bryan Hiles, and is directed by Steven Stead.

SINBAD THE SAILOR: December 1 to January 7 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre
Performances Tuesday to Sunday at 14h30 (extra shows on Friday at 19h00). No performances Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.

For more information visit KickstArt Theatre’s website at