In 1987, at the Alexander theatre in Braamfontein, writer / director Janice Honeyman created a “pantomime” based on the classic fairy tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  Now, thirty-one years later, Joburg Theatre and Bernard Jay present Janice Honeyman’s Snow White, The Fairest Panto in All The Land!

Bigger and more spectacular than ever, the classic evergreen story of Snow White will be brought to life once again from page to stage in an enchanting production complete with an all-star cast, stunning sets, beautiful costumes, breath-taking special effects – including a never-before-seen-in-South-Africa, amazing interactive journey into the forest in 3D! – and lots and lots of comedy (with maybe a few double-entendres thrown in…..).

Snow White is a 19th-century German fairy tale which is today known widely across the world. The Brothers Grimm published it in 1812 in the first edition of their collection Grimms’ Fairy Tales.

Join us for the most magical pantomime ever told, where poor Snow White is doomed to live un-happily ever after with her horrid stepmother, the Evil Queen. The seven dwarfs were surprised when they found a princess inside their home! Snow White took one bite of an apple and fell into a deep sleep. The Evil Queen had poisoned her!  When Snow White awoke, she was charmed by the dwarfs: Dopey, Sneezy, Happy, Grumpy, Doc, Bashful and Sleepy.  But then, in a true rags to riches story, Snow White manages to meet a handsome prince and make all her dreams come true.

“Each year Joburg Theatre audiences expect us to exceed with surprises and to go over-the-top with spectacle,” says executive producer of the panto Bernard Jay.  “Janice Honeyman and the team have been ‘shopping’ for effects around the world and I know that this production of Snow White will live up to our panto reputation in every aspect.”

South African movie, television, stage and comedy star Desmond Dube returns to his fifth 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.  Archbishop Desmond Tutu once told John Robbie that his show was not a radio show but a mission!

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 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.

Snow White is written and directed by Janice Honeyman, with musical direction by Coenraad Rall and choreography by Nicol Sheraton.  Bernard Jay serves as executive producer of this, his 18th Janice Honeyman pantomime.

Janice Honeyman’s Snow White will be on the stage of The Nelson Mandela Theatre at Joburg Theatre from November 3rd to December 23rd 2018.

To secure your tickets now before the panto is sold-out again, you can call 0861 670 670, go online at www.joburgtheatre.com or book in person at the Joburg Theatre box office.  Theatre patrons can also book online and pay at selected Pick N Pay stores.

Tickets for preview performances start at R195 and for all other performances from R245.  A fabulous range of discounted rates for groups is available by calling the theatre’s VIP Ticketing office on (011) 877 6917 or (011) 877 6853 or email: group bookings


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.


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