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Thursday, April 7, 2022


Rhumbelow Theatre’s Classics Cinema On The Big Screen programme offers a real Easter treat of nine movies which have universal appeal:

The Easter Film Festival takes place at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban as follows:

April 14 at 18h30: The Full Monty

April 15 at 14h00: The Jungle Book

April 15 at 18h30: Cats – Stage Recording

April 16 at 14:00: Walt Disney’s Blackbeard’s Ghost

April 16 at 18h30: Saturday Night Fever

April 17 at 14h00: Thoroughly Modern Millie

April 17 at 18h30: Oklahoma!

April 18 at 14h00: Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins

April 18 at 18h30: Moulin Rouge!


Public Screening licensed through MPLC (Motion Picture Licensing Company).



The Full Monty

April 14 at 18h30 (91 minutes)

Six unemployed men, inspired by a touring group of male strippers, decide they can make a small fortune by putting on a striptease show of their own - but with one small difference. They intend to go the “full monty” and strip completely naked! In this hilarious, heartfelt comedy, these six friends discover the inner strength to bare it all in front of the world.

This “enchantingly funny crowd-pleasing” comedy (David Ansen, Newsweek) features the music of Donna Summer, Gary Glitter, Sister Sledge and Tom Jones.


The Jungle Book

April 15 at 14h00 (76 minutes)

The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 book of the same name, it is the 19th Disney animated feature film. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, it was the last film to be produced by Walt Disney, who died during its production. 

The plot follows Mowgli, a feral child raised in the Indian jungle by wolves, as his friends Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear try to convince him to leave the jungle before the evil tiger Shere Khan arrives.


Cats – The Live Recorded Stage Production

April 15 at 18h30 (115 minutes)

Cats is a 1998 direct-to-video musical film based on the 1981 stage musical Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber, itself based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (1939) by T S Eliot. Lloyd Webber oversaw orchestration for the film and called on Gillian Lynne, the show’s original choreographer, to train the cast for the film. David Mallet served as the director of this production.

The cast for the film consists of former and contemporary members of various international stage productions of Cats, who were invited to reprise their stage roles. Among the cast were Elaine Paige and Susan Jane Tanner who originated the roles of Grizabella and Jellylorum in the West End respectively, and Ken Page who originated the role of Old Deuteronomy on Broadway. The exception was John Mills who was brought on to play Gus for the first time.


Walt Disney’s Blackbeard’s Ghost

April 16 at 14h00: (106 minutes)

Blackbeard’s Ghost is a 1968 American fantasy comedy film directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette. It was produced by Walt Disney Productions and Bill Walsh. It is based upon the 1965 novel of the same name by Ben Stahl and was shot at the Walt Disney Studios.

On the Carolina coast, Godolphin College’s new track coach lodges at Blackbeard’s Inn, run by the Daughters of the Buccaneers, who claim to be descendants of the notorious pirate, and who risk losing their hotel to the local mobster.


Saturday Night Fever

April 16 at 18h30: (114 minutes)

Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American dance drama film directed by John Badham and produced by Robert Stigwood. It stars John Travolta as Tony Manero, a young Italian-American man from Brooklyn who spends his weekends dancing and drinking at a local discothèque while dealing with social tensions and general restlessness and disillusionment with his life as he feels directionless and trapped in his working-class ethnic neighborhood.

The story is based upon Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night, an article by music writer Nik Cohn, first published in a June 1976 issue of New York magazine. The film features music by the Bee Gees and many other prominent artists of the disco era.

A major critical and commercial success, Saturday Night Fever had a tremendous effect on popular culture of the late 1970s. The film helped significantly to popularize disco music around the world and made Travolta, who was already well known from his role on TV’s Welcome Back, Kotter, a household name.


Thoroughly Modern Millie

April 17 at 14h00: (140 minutes)

Thoroughly Modern Millie is a 1967 American musical-romantic comedy film directed by George Roy Hill and starring Julie Andrews. The screenplay, by Richard Morris based on the 1956 British musical Chrysanthemum, follows a naïve young woman who finds herself in a series of madcap adventures when she sets her sights on marrying her wealthy boss. The film also stars Mary Tyler Moore, James Fox, John Gavin, Carol Channing, and Beatrice Lillie.

The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards. It ranked eighth among high-grossing films of 1967. In 2000, it was adapted for a successful stage musical of the same name.


Oklahoma! – The Movie

April 17 at 18h30: (145 minutes)

Oklahoma! is a 1955 American musical film based on the 1943 musical of the same name by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, which in turn was based on the 1931 play Green Grow The Lilacs written by Lynn Riggs. It stars Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones (in her film debut), Rod Steiger, Charlotte Greenwood, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson, James Whitmore, and Eddie Albert. The production was the only musical directed by Fred Zinnemann.

Set in Oklahoma Territory, it tells the story of farm girl Laurey Williams (Jones) and her courtship by two rival suitors, cowboy Curly McLain (MacRae) and the sinister and frightening farmhand Jud Fry (Steiger). A secondary romance concerns Laurey’s friend, Ado Annie (Grahame), and cowboy Will Parker (Nelson), who also has an unwilling rival. A background theme is the territory’s aspiration for statehood, and the local conflict between cattlemen and farmers.


Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins

April 18 at 14h00: (139 minutes)

Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi, based on P L Travers’s book series Mary Poppins. The film, which combines live-action and animation, stars Julie Andrews in her feature film debut as Mary Poppins, who visits a dysfunctional family in London and employs her unique brand of lifestyle to improve the family’s dynamic. Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, and Glynis Johns are featured in supporting roles. The film was shot entirely at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, using painted London background scenes.


Moulin Rouge!

April 18 at 18h30: (127 minutes)

Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 jukebox musical romantic drama film directed, co-produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. It follows a young English poet, Christian, who falls in love with the star of the Moulin Rouge, cabaret actress and courtesan Satine. 

The film uses the musical setting of the Montmartre Quarter of Paris and is the final part of Luhrmann’s Red Curtain Trilogy, it stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, and Richard Roxburgh feature in supporting roles.


Tickets R100. Bring food picnic baskets or buy at the venue. There is a full bar (no alcohol may be brought on to the property). Limited secure parking available. All tickets must be pre-booked - no walk-ins allowed

All seating will be at separate tables and the venue will obviously be seating co-habiting couples and/or family members. Covid limit – max 50 %. All Covid protocols will be strictly observed.

Booking is essential on email: or Computicket

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Rhumbelow Theatre is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road, Durban.


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