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Wednesday, May 5, 2021


(Anthony Stonier)

Anthony Fiddles, As Candida Burns!. An odd title for a show???!!! Absolutely! Here’s what it’s all about!

Anthony Stonier celebrates 25 years since he foolishly agreed to appear in Durban’s (in fact, South Africa’s!) very first ‘Adult’ Pantomime! A Quarter of a Century! The first was Sinderella! In late November 1996, it opened. Scheduled to run a respectable six weeks, it then proceeded to sell out! Week after week! Running for almost nine months in the (sadly) now-unused Playhouse Cellar, Durban would not let it close!

Anthony played one of the Ugly Sisters, Candida Burns. He had hoped that this, his first and probably last brief foray into Panto Damehood would be forgotten shortly after the show closed. Alas, it was not to be! He has appeared in all the Adult pantomimes since.

In this production, which runs at Rhumbelow Theatre from May 14 to 16, Stonier looks back over 25 years, not only in theatre or song, but the fashions, the fads, the foolishness, the fun found in this quarter century!

Candida feels that at Anthony’s age he needs all the help he can get, so, in an act of selfless, silent benevolence, she has agreed to make an appearance, delivering what she termed Red Hot, Racy and Raucous Ribaldry!

Anthony may Fiddle Fabulously, but Candida Sizzles Spectacularly! Together they set the stage, the scenery and your sense on fire!

The show runs from May 14 to 16 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 19h30 and on Sunday at 14h00. (Venue opens 90 minutes before show for snacks/drinks)

“Whilst we are not changing our 2020 pricing, we would ask that if you are able to please assist us and the performers by donating a higher ticket price,” says Roland Stansell who runs the Rhumbelow circuit.

Tickets R160 (no discounts for this show). Bring food picnic baskets or buy from Kevin. A full bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises).

All seating will be at separate tables and the venue will obviously be seating co-habiting couples and/or family members together.

Limited secure parking available.

With the current Covid levels capacity is limited to 50 people max. Booking is essential on email: or through Computicket.

For more information contact Roland Stansell on 082 499 8636 or visit

Strict Covid protocols will be observed. Rhumbelow Theatre is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road, Durban.