17th March – 4th April
The return by popular demand after a sell–out season at this theatre and the Hilton Festival,
“Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks is put together with a sense of theatrical exuberance, yet directorial restraint that keeps it cropped tight, classy and supremely entertaining. You might leave this play with red eyes, but you will leave with a full heart and a great sense of privilege. This is a ten out of ten production.” - Robyn Sassen
“Both performers are superb in their respective roles and with costume changes for each scene, inventive sound and lighting and a nice spread of music, this production is a must.” - Peter Feldman
“Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks is biting, poignant and funny” - Bruce Dennill
“Ditchfield and Domingos are perfect in their roles, bringing nuance and subtlety to their gradually deepening performances.” - Jenny de Klerk
“Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks is a brilliant piece of theatre that richly rewards any audience that really cares about words.” - Lesley Stones
“Truly a feather-light, energising and feel-good way to kick off the theatre year!” - Christina Kennedy
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
PLAYED TO SOLD OUT HOUSES AT THE AUTO & GENERAL THEATRE IN 2014
AND WAS THE HILTON FESTIVAL’S FLAGSHIP PRODUCTION OF 2014
DAPHNE KUHN presents
SIX DANCE LESSONS
IN SIX WEEKS
by Richard Alfieri
17th March – 4th April
starring JUDY DITCHFIELD and JOSÉ DOMINGOS
Directed by GREG HOMANN
Choreographed by BRANDON EILERS LE RICHE
Set conceived by NADYA COHEN and implemented by LIEN VAN DER LINDE
Lighting Design by OLIVER HAUSER Costumes by MARGO SNOYMAN
DAPHNE KUHN is very proud to be presenting a return season of the international hit play,
SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS! The production is directed by the Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for the Theatre for 2014, GREG HOMANN with choreography with by BRANDON EILERS LE RICHE. 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. These take place once a week for six weeks at Lily’s gulf-front condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.
After a very successful season at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square last year, it was selected as the flagship production of The Witness Hilton Festival where it played to capacity audiences.
In the play, what begins as an antagonistic relationship, blossoms into an intimate friendship. The two characters 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.
The play also addresses the serious issues of ageism and intolerance and its inspirational message is that it’s never too late to learn about life!
Since its Los Angeles premiere and Broadway opening, SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS has been translated into 12 languages and has traversed the globe with productions in over 20 countries. With over 50 productions and two national tours in Germany alone, the play has established itself as an international hit and one of the most produced plays in the world. A “not to be missed” comedy with music and dance.
Bookings can be made by calling the theatre on 011 883-8606, Strictly Tickets on 082 553 5901 or book online: www.strictlytickets.com
Enquire about group discounts and dinner show packages.
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.
GOOD FRIDAY – NO CONCERT
a programme of trios for two flutes and piano with ISABEL BRADLEY and MEG TWYFORD and SUSAN VAN DER WAT on the piano
Works by Friedrich Kuhlau and Franz Doppler\
The Madrigal Ensemble with DAVID TOMBAK (violin) and COLLEEN MARE (piano)
Works by Handel, Mozart, Dvorak, Faure and Scryabin
The WITS trio with ZANTA HOFMEYR (violin) , MACIEJ LACNY (cello) and MALCOLM NAY (piano) performing the Beethoven 'Archduke' trio
1st May – Special Public Holiday Concert
SUNSET SERANADE WITH MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES
PETA ANN HOLDCROFT (cello),IRENE TSONIFF (violin),
IVO IVANOV (violin),MARJAN VONK (viola),
ROSEMARY KANE (harp) and MALANE HOFMEYR BURGER (flute)
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!"
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.READ MORE
Tel: Daphne Kuhn on 011 883 8606 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Tuesdays to Fridays, at 8:15pm
Saturdays at 6pm and 8:30pm
Please contact the theatre to confirm show times - 011 883 8606