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Sunday, August 26, 2018


Report by Billy Suter (Courtesy of SoSuterBill)

Good news for patrons of Durban’s Rhumbelow theatres in Umbilo and Kloof, as well as the theatre branch at the Allan Wilson Shellhole in Pietermaritzburg – a special-price package deal for two adults and two children will cost only R300 for all shows (first week of run only), with immediate effect.

In addition, the theatre group’s manager and entertainment co-ordinator, Roland Stansell, has decided to extend the first-week-of-run R130 concession for pensioners to include students (with student cards). The regular price for tickets to Rhumbelow Theatre performances is R150 a head.

Stansell opted for these changes today following a discussion with Facebook users into ways to improve attendance and try to attract younger audiences to the mostly showband entertainment staged at the three venues.

Stansell also asked Facebook users for show ideas for next year and beyond. After consideration, he has announced that, by popular request, he is liaising with various local artists with a view to them creating separate tribute shows focusing on the hits of Cher, Billy Joel and Queen.

Stansell confirms that Durban singer-pianist Evan Cullum will be the star of Elton John and Friends, a new show headed for the Kloof theatre from October 17 to 21. Neil Diamond fans can look forward to the Umbilo theatre presenting The Reals with a Neil Diamond tribute, Hot August Night, from October 5 to 7, 12 to 14 and 19 to 21.

Also on the cards is a new children’s show, Grandpa Grump and the Magical Junk Shop, to be staged at the Umbilo venue at 11h00 daily from October 1 to 5. Admission for this will be only R60.

Another treat to look forward to is a magic show, Trick and Treat, suitable for the whole family. It is scheduled for the Umbilo theatre from October 26 to 28.

A new musical entertainment by an all-woman local vocal group is also on the cards for the end of the year, he says, adding that various ideas are also being thrown around for shows with appeal for a younger audience.

The Rhumbelow Theatre, with seating at long tables, was established in Umbilo 17 years ago and offers regular entertainment, mostly over weekends. Patrons are encouraged to take along their own picnic baskets and snacks, although light meals can be bought at the venue. Note that all beverages have to be bought at the theatre pub.

Booking for all performances is at Computicket outlets or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636. – Billy Suter (