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Thursday, February 20, 2020


(Right: Paul Spence)

“Risqué, Irreverent & Very Naughty” is how the forthcoming Rhumbelow Theatre production, Rowan Skits, is described.

Rowan Skits, a selection of the classic Rowan Atkinson sketches, is devised, directed & performed by Paul Spence. It will run at Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof followed by performances in Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

Rowan Atkinson is not only the world's wealthiest comedian thanks to his silent 'Mr Bean' going global, he's also the most gifted one since Groucho Marx.

In Rowan Skits, Paul Spence celebrates the comic genius of the Oxford man with the mobile face by showcasing Rowan's unique brand of verbal sketches on a wide range of risqué subjects.

Whether holding forth on the Graham Norton celebrity chat show, interviewing a fresh-faced Elton John at the National Theatre, portraying a draconian public school Headmaster, an unctuous Archdeacon or welcoming us as a mischievously camp Devil to his wicked Inferno, the one and only Rowan Atkinson knows just how to tweak our funny bones in unexpectedly hilarious directions.

An actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK for seven years, Spence has acted and directed in theatres from Edinburgh to Copenhagen, Vienna to Tokyo. He currently entertains audiences with cabaret and theatre shows in venues across South Africa and directs his anarchic amateur dramatic company, The Upstagers, in regular shows at the Schlesinger Theatre, Michaelhouse.

Rowan Skits runs from March 4 to 8 at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof with performances Friday to Saturday at 20h00 and on Sunday at 14h00. (The theatre venue opens 60 minutes before show for drinks)

Tickets R160 (R140 pensioners and students with a valid student card) and tables seat 8. (No alcohol or food may be brought on to the premises). Tickets are cash or EFT only. Secure parking is available. Booking is through Computicket or contact Roland (also for large group booking discounts of 8 or more) on 082 499 8636 or email: or visit

(Patrons are welcome to book for dinner or lunch at Tina's Restaurant before the show: Call 031 764 7843 to book)

Tina’s Hotel is situated at 14 Beryldene Road in Kloof.

This show will run at Rhumbelow Durban from March 13 to 15, 2020, and at the Allan Wilson Shellhole in Pietermaritzburg with one performance on May 24, 2020.