Theatre on the Square



Sandton's First Theatre

The life and soul of the Nelson Mandela Square!
- formerly Sandton Square

The Auto & General Theatre was thrilled to be acknowledged and honoured with 12 nominations for the 11th Annual Naledi Awards.

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Theatre on the Square, Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City

Celebrating its 18th year in Sandton!


Daphne Kuhn is proud to present
AUTO & GENERAL THEATRE ON THE SQUARE’S
LINE-UP for 2014

Warm your soul with a feast of local entertainment, loads of music, magic, laughter and drama - all on Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton City





Monkey Nuts: 15 April - 10 May

with MATTHEW RIBNICK


South African audiences have been experiencing the hysterical brilliance of MONKEY NUTS, acknowledged by critics country-wide as one of South Africa’s most cleverly-crafted and funniest shows currently on stage.

MONKEY NUTS will be back in Gauteng soon, slicker and tighter than ever before!

It opens with a preview on the 15th April at Sandton’s Auto & General Theatre on the Square, starring celebrated actor Matthew Ribnick.

The production is written and directed by the acclaimed Geraldine Naidoo, who co-created with Matthew, the hugely popular HOOT and THE CHILLI BOY productions.

MONKEY NUTS received the prestigious Naledi award for “Best Comedy Performance” in 2011 and enjoyed standing ovations at every performance during the 2011 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

The show sees Ribnick portraying numerous characters from diverse South African backgrounds – switching roles with ease and dexterity. Like HOOT and THE CHILLI BOY, MONKEY NUTS has had audiences in stitches with its clever mix of situational comedy, storytelling and hilarious characters.

It tells the story of an eccentric bank teller, Edgar Chambers, whose main hobby is monitoring the prices of grocery items in various stores. So skilled is he at his hobby that he can tell you the price of any grocery item, anywhere and at any given time. He is also obsessed with entering all sorts of competitions, and it is this obsession that sparks off the madcap story that has had audiences around South Africa gasping for breath.

Edgar’s only friend is a monkey that lives in the back of a pet shop but, as the story unfolds, audiences are spoilt with a bevy of Ribnick’s brilliantly portrayed characters – all with some sort of connection to Edgar.

MONKEY NUTS received the prestigious Naledi award for “Best Comedy Performance” in 2011 and enjoyed standing ovations at every performance during the 2011 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.


“One of the sharpest, cleverest and funniest theatrical comedy shows around” - Christina Kennedy

“The funniest play of the year” - Moira De Swart



photos © Pagiel Chetty


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CAT SINGS ELLA : 13 - 24 May

CAT SINGS ELLA
13 – 24 May
with CAT SIMONI
Written and Directed by PAUL SPENCE

The Story of Ella Fitzgerald, told by London’s Jazz Cat!


A stage and a Steinway is all CAT SIMONI needs to tell the astonishing life story of Ella Fitzgerald, ‘First Lady of Song’. Cat’s years entertaining the international crème de la crème at the Bechsteins and Steinways of London’s five star hotels and exclusive clubs with her sublime voice and extraordinary piano virtuosity have been the perfect background for CAT SINGS ELLA!

In CAT SINGS ELLA!, Cat rides the exhilarating rollercoaster of Ella’s repertoire; from the early Harlem years through the Decca and Verve recordings; from the breakthrough ‘A-Tisket, A-Tasket’ to her Cole Porter and Duke EllingtonSongbooks and legendary London, Rome and Berlin concerts.

CAT SINGS ELLA! is an oxygen-rush of bouncing melody; a musical theatre experience of pure pleasure to stir ‘Body And Soul’ and make the heart sing and go bebop with joy!

As Ira Gershwin once said “I never knew how good our songs were until I heard Ella Fitzgerald sing them.”

After fabulous Cat’s highly entertaining solo shows at Auto and General Theatre on the Square in 2013 and 2014; Cat On A Hot Black Steinway and Cat’s American Songbook, and her two recent sell-out jazz shows with the Tony Yoko quartet, London’s Jazz Cat and Her Boyz and Xmas & All That Jazz, we are delighted to welcome her back for the worldpremier of CAT SINGS ELLA!

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VIGIL: 27 May – 21 June

VIGIL
27 May – 21 June
by MORRIS PANYCH

starring GRAHAM HOPKINS and VANESSA COOKE

Directed by CHRISTOPHER WEARE


VIGIL brings together three multiple award-winning South African theatre luminaries for a season at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square on Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton.

Starring GRAHAM HOPKINS as Kemp and VANESSA COOKE as Grace, this brilliant black comedy is directed by Fleur du Cap Life-Time Achievement Award-Winner, CHRISTOPHER WEARE. The set and costumes are designed by JULIA ANASTASOPOLOUS.

It’s a play of twisted circumstance and surprising turns, it is deliciously absurd, incredibly funny and poignantly tender, with a twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The humour is wicked, the observations sharp, the writing crisp and cutting, “a small masterpiece” (Globe and Mail).

“5 Stars ... Brilliant Entertainment” - Cape Argus
“Theatre at its finest” - Cape Times
“Captivating from beginning to end…” - What's On in Cape Town
“Refined artistry at its most profound” - Biz Community


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FRIDAY LUNCH HOUR CLASSICAL CONCERTS

2014 Line-up at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square

The theatre is delighted to present and to produce again, its uplifting music programme for all, with leading local and international musicians. It prides itself on being the only venue in Gauteng to host such regular weekly daytime concerts.

Concerts will take place every Friday at 1pm and unreserved tickets are available at the theatre from 12.30 on the day
Tickets are R40.
The price includes coffee and biscuits.

The theatre would like to thank Immuno-Vet Services for its support and BASA for its supporting grant.


PROGRAMME

18 April
Good Friday
Show Cancelled Due to Public Holiday

25 April
Violin and Piano Duo
JEMMA ZOE THURBURN (violin) DIANNE COUTTS (piano)
Works by Prokofiev, Beethoven, Mendelsshon, Paganini and Bach

2 May
SUNSET SERENADE presents
SANDTON CELEBRATION OF BIRDSONG
PETA ANN HOLDCROFT (cello), IRENE TSONIFF (violin), IVO IVANOV (violin), MARJAN VONK (viola), MALANE HOFMEYR BURGER (flute) & ROSEMARY KANE (harp)
Works by Vivaldi, Saint Saens and Hayden

9 May
DUMKY TRIO
ZANTA HOFFMEYR (Violin), MALCOLM NAY (piano) and Maciej Lacny (cello)
Works by Schubert and Dvorak

16 May
VENTURA ROSENTHAL (harp) and GEORGE FAZAKAS (flute)
Programme will include the famous "Casilda Fantaisie" by Doppler/Zamara

We reserve the right to alter or change the programmes without prior notice.
For further media info. call Daphne Kuhn or Mika Stefano on tel. 011-883-8606

          


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THE THEATRE ON THE SQUARE AT SANDTON'S NELSON MANDELA SQUARE IS THE PERFECT VENUE FOR FESTIVE SEASON SHOWS / FUNCTIONS / CORPORATE ENTERTAINMENT/ PRODUCT LAUNCHES AND PRESENTATIONS


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THEATRE TIMES AND SPECIAL OFFERS
20:15 Tues - Fri and 18:00 & 20:30 on Saturdays

DINNER/SHOW PACKAGES - R320 +/- plus at leading restaurants on the Nelson Mandela Square - Lekgotla Restaurant, Montego Bay, The Butcher Shop and Grill and Wangthai. This includes a three course meal as well as the theatre tickets.

THE HIRE OF THEATRE (200 seats)
for corporate functions, presentations etc including all technical facilities, use of auditorium, foyer for function etc: R6,000 exclusive per day.

HIRE OF THEATRE FOR A CORPORATE FUNCTION - R6,000.00 per day excluding VAT
HIRE OF THEATRE FOR A FUNCTION AND TO INCLUDE SHOW (catering can be arranged)
for 200 people: R110 x 200 according to the show
HIRE OF THEATRE FOR A FUNCTION AND TO INCLUDE SHOW (catering can be arranged) for 200 people: R110 x 200 according to the show
FUNDRAISERS - we offer you a special discount - R90 x 200 seats - you mark up the price

The usual Ticket price range is listed below BUT PLEASE check above under each production listing for more detail:
NORMAL TICKET PRICE - R120.00 - R200.00
STUDENTS / SENIORS - R80.00 - R100.00
SCHOOL GROUPS - R50.00
GROUP BOOKINGS - Less 10% for 10 or more

FRIENDS OF THE THEATRE: R250 / R350 per year
CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP: R8,000.00 p.a. plus VAT
FUNDRAISERS - For Sold Out houses (200 tickets)
R100 x 200 You mark up the ticket price!


ENQUIRIES: CALL DAPHNE KUHN (Owner/Producer) on tel 011-883-8606

BOOKINGS:
  • Online: www.strictlytickets.com;
  • Call the Box Office on tel 011 883 8606
  • Call the StrictlyTickets Call Centre on 082 553 5901 or
  • for further information call Daphne Kuhn on 083 377 4969



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