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Sunday, December 8, 2019


(“A Christmas Carol” is a feel-good story where goodness triumphs over greed and it’s a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit. Don’t miss it! Review by Kerryne Nico)

We’re going to the ballet! I was transported back in time yesterday, filled with excitement at the prospect of going to the ballet. I felt like a child again and even had an afternoon nap!

The Cape Town City Ballet’s production of A Christmas Carol is currently being staged at the Playhouse Opera Theatre supported by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. What a treat for Durbanites who don’t often get to enjoy an old-fashioned ballet complete with a live orchestra, beautiful costumes and fabulous sets.

A Christmas Carol tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Marcel Meyer, who is visited by the ghost of his ex-business partner, Jacob Marley, who has come to call on Scrooge to warn him to change his miserly ways or he too will one day be forced to wander the earth as punishment for his selfishness. I particularly liked the costume design by Dicky Longhurst for the character of Jacob Marley who is bound in chains symbolising the guilt he carries around with him.

The wonderful set design and clever props created by Peter Cazalet set the scene perfectly for the sad and dreary wintery London where the story takes place.

The old miser is then visited by three spirits, the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Future. The spirits guide Scrooge through scenes of misery and despair in the hope that he will reform himself and become a more sympathetic person.

The Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge to visit Bob Cratchit and his family. The roles of the Cratchit children are danced by local Durban dancers who really did us proud. It must have been so exciting and inspirational for those young dancers to be involved in a classical ballet of this standard.

The Christmas Feast scene lit the stage up as all the dreariness and despair made way for giant colourful Christmas Puddings, Mince Pies and Candy Sticks.! The costumes in this scene were beautiful, colourful and fun. This respite from the sorrow of the rest of the story was the highlight of the ballet for me. 

Whilst the standard of all the dancers is incredibly high, I particularly enjoyed watching Kirstel Paterson, who is mesmerizing in the role of The Ghost of Christmas Future. I couldn’t take my eyes off her.

A Christmas Carol is a feel-good story where goodness triumphs over greed and it’s a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit. Don’t miss it!

There is one more performance today (December 8, 2019) at 15h00 at the Playhouse Opera. Book now on WebTickets or try for tickets at the door. – Kerryne Nico