Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates pantomime at the Joburg Theatre
Janice Honeyman’s new panto: Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates – We’re nearing the Festive season and while I cringe at the Christmas displays and music that we are beginning to be bombarded with in the shopping malls am I more than a little bit excited because I know this means it is panto time! And this year Janice Honeyman once again does not disappoint.
I am a big fan of panto’s, I’m not sure what it is about the singing, dancing and comedic experience that is so great. Perhaps it makes me feel like a child again, perhaps it is the whirlwind of action on stage, I’m not entirely sure but what I do know is that they are thoroughly enjoyable no matter what age you are. So this is the perfect opportunity to get the whole family together to enjoy something …
This year the production at the Joburg Theatre in Joburg is Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates. Last year’s production Pinocchio won the Naledi Theatre Award for Best Musical Production of the Year so I am sure Honeyman is once again going to bring some magic to the stage.
This year you can expect to see some swashbuckling pirates sword fighting their way through a shipwreck, sea monster and more all in flamboyant costumes with an endless amount of comedy. I am more than ecstatic to hear that one of my favourite South African comedians, Marc Lottering, has been chosen for the role of the Panto Dame Lolly Lottalove and he will once again be sensational. He is a panto favourite and having appeared in Cindarella (2004) and Goldilocks and the Three Bears (2005).
The beauty of the show, Primrose Petal, is played by Tanya van Graan who is known for her role on popular soapie Binnelanders, she has also been voted FHM sexiest woman. Carlo McFarlane is the hero of the day taking the role of Robin Lottalove. You will probably know him from his role in soapie Backstage or as the lead role in Footloose. Kim Engelbrecht plays Robin’s sister, Bobin Lottalove.
Every panto needs a villain or two and this year Louise Saint-Claire and Michael Richard will have you roaring with laughter and enticing the traditional boos, in their roles as the Mayoress and the villain, Beelzebub. Judy Page, a legend in musical theatre, plays the role of Flora the Fairy and will provide the much needed magic for a successful panto.
With pyrotechnics unlike anything seeing on a stage in South Africa, laughs a minute and endless fun you can be sure that this year’s panto, Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates will have you begging for more.
Dates & How to book:
The show runs from 3 November 2010 to 2 January 2011 and tickets are from R140 to R227 per person. There are performance from Wednesday to Friday at 10h30 to 14h00 which are for school group bookings only and there are a range of other times which are open to the public, so it will suit any age and schedule.
Be warned that a number of shows are already sold out as this annual panto is extremely popular. So you better get your tickets today otherwise you might find yourself highly disappointed!
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