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THE DOUBLE BASS

17th February – 14th March

an international play by Patrick Suskind, translated by Michael Hofmann.


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The Double Bass Botha

Daphne Kuhn
by arrangement with Rosica Colin Limited London presents

PATRICK SUSKIND'S
THE DOUBLE BASS
translated by MICHAEL HOFMANN

17th February – 14th March

directed by ALAN SWERDLOW
set and lighting by DENIS HUTCHINSON

starring PIETER BOSCH BOTHA

Internationally renowned, award-winning play, THE DOUBLE BASS, opens at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square in February. Daphne Kuhn has assembled a stellar team to bring you an original South African production of this much celebrated work. The illustrious award-winning, Alan Swerdlow will direct highly acclaimed and versatile actor, Pieter Bosch Botha in this delightful piece which will be designed by Denis Hutchinson. The play is written by the German author Patrick Suskind, who is most known for writing the famed novel and film, “Perfume”.

THE DOUBLE BASS is a serio-comic monologue that explores a double bass player's relationship with his instrument, illuminating both the instrument's and the player’s supporting role in the orchestra as well as in life. The character is caught in the claustrophobic world of his soundproof, hermetically sealed apartment. He is on his own with his dissatisfactions, desires and dreams. The only companion that he has is the heavy, solid, raw insurmountable double bass. The instrument is alternately characterized as feminine, reliable, discriminated against, and simultaneously protesting and threatening revolution.

The play is a delightful allegory of the downtrodden who are crying out to be heard, set in the elegant world of classical music. The play is liberally dosed with comic overtones and is a must for lovers of legitimate theatre and music.

When Süskind wrote “Perfume”, he described smells with such imagination and accuracy that to read the book is like smelling with your eyes. In his one-man play THE DOUBLE BASS, which he wrote before the novel, he proves his prowess and gift for writing in many genres.

THE DOUBLE BASS was first staged in Munich in the eighties and has since become one of the most performed plays in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It has also been performed at the Edinburgh Festival and at the Royal National Theatre in London. The Auto & General Theatre on the Square is proud to present its professional debut of the play in Gauteng.

The Double Bass

Bookings can be made by calling the theatre’s box-office on tel. 011 883-8606,
via Strictly Tickets on tel. 082 553 5901 or on-line: www.strictlytickets.com

Enquire about group discounts, dinner show packages and Tuesday specials.

COMING SOON

SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS

17th March – 4th April

The return by popular demand after a sell–out season at this theatre and the Hilton Festival,

The return by popular demand after a sell–out season at this theatre and the Hilton Festival, SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS

A treat for theatre lovers, this touching and human comedy, tells the story of a formidable retired woman, Lily Harrison, (played by consummate actress JUDY DITCHFIELD) who hires an acerbic dance instructor, Michael Minetti, (JOSÉ DOMINGOS) to give her private dance lessons. What begins as an antagonistic relationship blossoms into an intimate friendship as these two people from very different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears, and joys while dancing the Swing, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, and Contemporary Dance. Michael and Lily learn to overcome their outward differences and discover an unlikely but profound connection. By the final lesson, Lily shares with Michael her most closely guarded secret and he shares with her his greatest gifts, loyalty and compassion. A comedy with music and dance.

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HINTERLAND

7th - 25th April

Duncan Buwalda’s historical South African gem

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SNOW GOOSE

28th April - 16th May

“a beautifully made and exquisitely acted show” Steve Kretzmann

SNOW GOOSE is developed from the charming PAUL GALLICO story by JENINE COLLOCOTT, JAMES CAIRNS and TARYN BENNETT. It’s directed by JENINE COLLOCOTT and performed by JAMES CAIRNS and TARYN BENNETT. A multi-tissue play, THE SNOW GOOSE celebrates writer PAUL GALLICO and 1940's values. The production, by arrangement by SIMON COOPER, received rave reviews in Cape Town and at the most recent Hilton and National Arts Festivals.

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WHO’S YOUR DADDY?

18th May – 31st May

A comedian’s experience of the joys of becoming a father, from pregnancy to the birth to looking after an infant.

WHO’S YOUR DADDY?

Starring CHRIS FORREST

Directed by BEVAN CULLINAN
A comedian’s experience of the joys of becoming a father, from pregnancy to the birth to looking after an infant. The production is an hilarious look at what really happens and how to deal with it. A must for anyone hoping to become a parent; who is a parent; or who knows a parent! – Just in time for Father’s Day.

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MISS DIETRICH REGRETS

2nd – 27th June

an icon, a symbol of glamour - the legendary Marlene Dietrich

The legendary Marlene Dietrich was one of the most famous film stars and personalities – she was an icon, a symbol of glamour and never seemed to grow old. One of many iconic quotes was - ‘I am not a myth - I am a legend!’ – MISS DIETRICH REGRETS is a revealing and poignant look at the aging Marlene, and her complex relationship with her daughter Maria, battling to retain her independence living alone in her Paris apartment.

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ABOUT US


LUNCH HOUR CLASSICAL CONCERTS

The theatre is delighted to present and  to produce , for the 8th year, 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 take place every Friday at 1pm and unreserved tickets are available at the theatre from 12.30 on the day.
The theatre would like to thank BASA for its supporting grant.
Ticket Price: R40.  The price includes coffee and biscuits.
The only regular daytime music fixture in Gauteng
We reserve the right to alter or change the programmes without prior notice.

6th March

Solo Piano concert with LAURA PAUNA who is visiting from London
Works include L. van Beethoven’s Sonata no 23 op 57 (Appassionata) 
and A. Khachaturian’s Sonata for piano

13th March
Support brilliant young pianist discovery from Oudtshoorn, SULAYMAN HUMAN (M. Music studentand winner of several National Piano Competitions), prior to his studies in the US where he has been awarded a music scholarship

20th March
Operatic performance by opera diva ALEXANDRA WALD with operatic favourite accompanied on the piano by Rudolf Geldenhuys

27th March
SAMSON DIAMOND (violin) and LAURA PAUNA (piano)
Works include L.van Beethoven’s Spring Sonata in F major and R.Strauss’ Sonata for Violin and piano

3rd April
GOOD FRIDAY – NO CONCERT

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Auto & General Theatre on the Square, BASA AWARD WINNER 2014, has garnered many awards and nominations for theatre excellence. The theatre is a popular and unique venue. In its upmarket Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City premises, it is certainly living up to its fine reputation.

Theatre producer, owner and artistic director, Daphne Kuhn, holds an MA Degree in Drama, and her special skills range from acting to directing, PR to producing.

The varied and acclaimed productions in this 200-seater adds a vibrant dimension to the entertainment industry and to the cultural enrichment of all. Over 1000 productions - including plays, musicals, lunch hour concerts and youth theatre have been presented in the last 18 years, in addition to numerous corporate events, concerts and industrial theatre.

 

 

Message from Owner/Producer Daphne Kuhn:

 

"My grateful appreciation to all the theatre patrons for their most wonderful support over the past 15 years. Enjoy another season of great theatre.

We look forward to seeing you soon!"

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Corporate sponsorship of R8000 per annum in support of the tehatre, will be acknowledged by means of an inscription in the theatre foyer and in all theatre programmes.

12 complimentary tickets per month

will be made a available to your company. For details and special benefits to staff members and clients, call Daphne Kuhn on 011 883 8606 or 083 377 4969.

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CONTACT


Tel: Daphne Kuhn on 011 883 8606 E-Mail: theatreonthesquare@gmail.com

Address:

Nelson Mandela Square (formerly Sandton Square) adjoins Sandton City - just off Rivonia Rd. Entrances to the Square and the parking garage are in West Street and 5th Street, Sandown. Click here to view Google Maps.

PERFORMANCES

Weekdays:
Tuesdays to Fridays, at 8:15pm

Weekends:
Saturdays at 6pm and 8:30pm

Please contact the theatre to confirm show times - 011 883 8606

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