MAGIC MIRROR ON THE WALL – WHO IS THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL?
IT’S PANTO TIME AGAIN AT JOBURG THEATRE
Joburg Theatre and Bernard Jay present Janice Honeyman’s Snow White, The Fairest Panto in All The Land, running until December 23rd!
“It’s panto-time again! Music, dancing, sensational sparkly sets and a super story, jokes, laughter and ‘happy-ever-after’”, declares Janice Honeyman. “And this year it’s back to my very first panto ever, Snow White. It has always been a great favourite of mine! Why? Because it’s sweet and sad, romantic, rollicking, funny, and full of fantasy.
We have a kind, loveable heroine, a handsome, hunky prince, seven cute dwarfs, a magic mirror and of course the ultimate example of Evil – the wicked Queen Hildegonda. And then, as always, there are all sorts of sensational surprises – I’m not saying what they are – you must come and discover them for yourselves!”
South African movie, television, stage and comedy star Desmond Dube returns to his sixth Joburg Theatre pantomime, playing the comic role of Dame Dolla Diddledaddledoodledragon, having become one of Joburg audiences’ most loved panto stars. Desmond is best known for his movies Hotel Rwanda and Hopeville, the TV series No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Friends Indeed and Suburban Bliss and, of course, his roles in the Amaglugglug and Clientele Life commercials.
Legendary 702 talk radio show host and international champion rugby player John Robbie makes his pantomime debut in Snow White as The Major-Dumb-Ou of the Royal Palace of Cool Cornucopia. John recently retired after thirty years on 702, having built an unrivalled reputation on air for professionalism, integrity and fairness.
Ben Voss is a comedian, actor and playwright, best known for his portrayal of the fictional South African businesswoman, Beauty Ramapelepele, using the alter ego of Beauty to deliver satirical social commentary. In Snow White, Ben will play the role of the Wicked Queen Hildegonda Hoggenham. Ben set up the production company Mamba Productions together with John van de Ruit and they have produced and performed the comedy skit shows Green Mamba and Black Mamba across the country and in London.
Snow White also features two of South Africa’s most highly acclaimed rising theatre stars, Kiruna-Lind Devar (Sweet Charity, Saturday Night Fever, Evita) as the Princess and Tshepo Ncokoane (Janice Honeyman’s Sleeping Beauty, Priscilla, The Color Purple) as Prince Chuck B Charming.
Also in the all-South African cast are (in alphabetical order) Oscar Buthelezi, Matt Counihan, Sne Dladla, Daniel Keith Geddes, Emil Haarhoff, Dirk Joubert, Saxola Ketshengane, Sebe Leotlela, Dolly Louw, Namisa Mdlalose, Noni Mkhonto, Sabelo Radebe, Senzesihle Radebe, J P Rossouw, Kaylan Sabbadin, Nicol Sheraton, Nkanyiso Shezi, Lindo Sithole and Sarah-Ann Van Der Merwe.
A wide range of discounted rates for groups is available by calling the theatre’s VIP Ticketing office on (011) 877 6853.
Snow White is presented by Joburg Theatre and Bernard Jay in association with the panto’s much valued and long-term partners, MNet, 94.2 Jacaranda FM and Your Family Magazine.
Age restriction: No under 3s. Parental Guidance suggested for 3D scenes
SNOW WHITE 2018 MEDIA QUOTES
“Janice Honeyman has excelled herself in her 31st pantomime, a lavish affair stuffed with songs, jokes and gimmicks and a tight focus on the action that swings along wonderfully…Desmond Dube is the best-ever panto find, instantly at home in his over-the-top outfit as Dame Dolla Dludlu. He’s charming, saucy and exuberant…you can’t but help adore him. Ben Voss also brings polished professionalism as he snarls and struts as the evil queen, approachable but scary. He’s magnificent and in full command…But step back, boys, because the real show stopper is a journey through the wicked woods as you don your 3D glasses. It’s spectacular – a more vivid 3D experience than I’ve ever seen in the cinema, and I reckon I shrieked as much as the little nippers…Nicol Sheraton’s choreography is consistently funky and fun…Lashings of glitter, towering turrets, deep dark woods and a two-storey shack for the seven dwarfs create a fairy-tale world that’s utterly magical…Layer upon layer of magical madness…the level of sophistication in the entire production holds us spellbound.”
Lesley Stones, Daily Maverick / Artslink
“All That Glitters Is Bold…The set is a visual bombardment of the best sort…As the title character, the incredibly talented Kiruna-Lind Devar gets the high-profile lead role she richly deserves…Snow White sets a new standard for these Joburg Theatre productions, and future audiences will be the beneficiaries of any efforts to maintain such a benchmark.”
Bruce Dennill, pARTicipate
“Jozi’s most loved end of year event has begun and it’s bigger and better than ever!…the best panto ever…this panto will have you shouting for more…the audience roared with delight as the cast took bow after bow for their deserved standing ovation.”
Paola Chellew, Neofundi
“The pantomime that takes place annually at Joburg Theatre seems to be growing from strength to strength. Says who? The thousands of theatre lovers who have sat in the chairs of the Mandela Theatre enjoying the age-old story told with cast members dressed in vibrantly coloured outfits, a mixture of pop music and lines so witty they’ll have you chuckling throughout the show.”
Masego Panyane, Good Life
“There’s always new surprises around every corner that keep your eyes glued to every moment. Especially with a brilliant, high-quality 3D experience that had the audience, both kids and adults alike, screaming, laughing and mesmerised. Guided along by the seven dwarfs, it was a truly immersive experience that combined both live theatre and film in one exciting and thrilling adventure…Celebrity lead Desmond Dube as Dame Dolla quickly befriended the audience through his natural charm and humour…Ben Voss was phenomenal as the Evil Queen Hildegonda…John Robbie was the most out of character we’ve ever seen him, and it was worth every minute. From dancing with a bowl of fruit over his head to wiggling his hips, you couldn’t help but cheer him on in his role as the Major Dumb-Ou…This year’s panto is a little more meatier for the adults, and a little more immersive for the kids. It’s packaged as the perfect family entertainment for everyone…It’s a ton of fun, lots of laughs, so nice you want to watch it twice! (Or more!)”
Waydene Laing, Blogger
“A masterpiece that continuously breaks records year after year.”
Thabang Nteso, 4Realness
“Totally blown away…hands-down the best theatre production I have seen in a long time…a nudge of tongue-in-cheek SA humour, and a flood of song, dance and spectacular wit…a thundering eruption of applause as the entire audience expressed their full appreciation with standing ovation after standing ovation…truly world class.”
Kerry Hayes, Let’s Go
“Kept me captivated throughout and is sure to keep you spellbound…it delivered on so many levels…It’s as spectacular as it is riveting and it’s a wonderful combination of adult and kiddies entertainment…What’s a fairy-tale without a prince and this is where Tshepo Ncokoane as Prince Chuck B Charming sang beautifully in his deep masculine voice.”
Manii, Two Dads and a Kid
“Make a wish, take a bite: this glittery panto is everything…Hold onto your hat and adjust your sunglasses! The end-of-year pantomime for 2018 is everything you need to see you firmly into the silly season…it’s a rollicking monster of a production…this year’s panto really does fit the bill it promises in being not only the fairest in the land, but the best in many a year. Don’t miss this one.”
Robyn Sassen, The Arts at Large