South Africa Interviews

The latest interviews about live + streaming theatre in South Africa.

Interview: Anton Luitingh talks about LAMTA and SPRING AWAKENING by Faeron Wheeler - November 17, 2023

LAMTA is celebrating five years of work with their final student production of the year - SPRING AWAKENING. Co-founder of the school and musical director for the show, Anton Luitingh, spoke to us about this....

Interview: Elizma Badenhorst and Ashleigh Butcher of UP ON THE ROOF – THE CAROLE KING SONGBOOK at the Theatre on The Bay Talk All Things 'King'
by Jaime Uranovsky - October 11, 2023

From the producers that brought audiences the unforgettable HERE’S TO YOU – THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL SONGBOOK, VR Theatrical proudly presents this year's highly anticipated musical tribute: UP ON THE ROOF – THE CAROLE KING SONGBOOK, a second instalment in the Staged Songbook genre....

Interview: Candace Bushnell talks to us about TRUE TALES OF SEX, SUCCESS AND SEX AND THE CITY
by Faeron Wheeler - September 18, 2023

Creator of SEX AND THE CITY, Candace Bushnell, is on her way to South Africa with her new one-woman show - TRUE TALES OF SEX, SUCCESS AND SEX AND THE CITY. She took some time to chat to us about the show, about her experiences and about how excited she is to visit our beautiful country....

Interview: Movement Director Fiona Du Plooy Talks About Bringing TOSCA to life
by Faeron Wheeler - September 05, 2023

After a stellar debut season at the Joburg Theatre, TOSCA is coming to the Artscape Opera House this September. This directorial team from Cape Town Opera includes Fiona Du Plooy as Movement Director, and she took some time out to chat to us about her role in the production and the production itself...

Interview: Mark Fleishman Talks About Bringing SNAPPED Back to the Stage
by Faeron Wheeler - August 24, 2023

SNAPPED is set to return to the stage in September this year. The play was first conceived of and staged under lockdown in 2021. We spoke to director Mark Fleischman about bringing this play back to life....

Interview: Lana English of A MUSCIAL DELIGHT at The Wave Theatre Talks Shows, Ships and Shores.
by Jaime Uranovsky - August 21, 2023

She is back! The phenomenal Lana English, the unforgettable Christine in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, who has a considerable number of years graced the international waters, has decided to anchor in Cape Town. Her new show A MUSICAL DELIGHT hits the Wave Theater on 26 and 27 August....

Interview: Celebrate Women's Month with this year's Women's Month Festival at The Drama Factory
by Klara van Rooyen - August 07, 2023

August is National Women's Month, a month which presents us with the oppurtunity to celebrate women and to recommit ourselves to the fight for women's empowerment. The Women’s Month Festival offers exactly this - an oppurtunity to uplift and commemorate female-centric visions in theatre. We sat down...

Interview: Belinda Davids talks about honouring Whitney Huston in THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL
by Faeron Wheeler - July 25, 2023

Here's one for the Whitney Huston fans! We spoke to renowned impersonator and singer, Belinda Davids about her tour of THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL and what it means to her to pay tribute to such an icon....

Interview: Zip Zap Circus' Brent Van Rensburg and Phelelani Ndakrokra chat about MOYA
by Klara van Rooyen - July 23, 2023

Brent Van Rensburg, the artistic director of MOYA and co-founder of Zip Zap Circus, and Phelelani Ndakrokra, one of the main stars of the show, sat down with us and shared a glimpse of the MOYA magic....

Interview: Charmaine Weir-Smith of THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE at Baxter Theatre Centre Talks Storytelling and Process.
by Jaime Uranovsky - July 05, 2023

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, written by acclaimed Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, and presented by How Now Brown Cow, will have its Cape Town premiere at the Baxter Theatre in August. The production stars Jennifer Steyn, Julie-Anne McDowell, Bryan Hiles, and Sven Ruygrok, and is directed by multi-...

Interview: Janelle Visagie chats about CINDERELLA and playing one of the step-sisters
by Faeron Wheeler - June 28, 2023

An enchanting operatic production of CINDERELLA is coming to the Artscape Opera House from 4 to 8 July 2023. Presented by Cape Town Opera (CTO) in association with AM Productions, this is the South African premiere of this brand-new adaptation of Pauline Viardot’s chamber opera CENDRILLON....

Interview: Pieter-Dirk Uys of SELL-BY DATE at Theatre on the Bay Talks Politics, Theatre and Humour
by Jaime Uranovsky - May 10, 2023

South African author, satirist, and social activist Pieter-Dirk Uys brings his latest show, SELL-BY DATE, to Pieter Toerien's Theatre on the Bay later this month....

Interview: Levy Sekgapane talks about returning to SA and singing in THE PEARL FISHERS at Artscape
by Faeron Wheeler - April 20, 2023

Opera fans in Cape Town are in for a very exciting treat this May. Winner of the 2017 Operalia Award, Levy Sekgapane, has returned home to lead Cape Town Opera in their latest production - THE PEARL FISHER....

Interview: Lorri Strauss, Sharon Spiegel Wagner, Stephanie Baartman of THE DRESS CODE at Theatre on the Square Chat about Why Their New Show Is 'on Trend'
by Jaime Uranovsky - March 21, 2023

Stephanie Baartman, Lorri Strauss and Sharon Spiegel Wagner have teamed up to strut their stuff in their new musical revue, THE DRESS CODE, which comes to Theatre on the Square in Sandton in May 2023. Musical direction is by Clifford Cooper and Alan Swerdlow directs this show all about clothes, fash...

Interview: Daniel Geddes Chats about Bringing CRUISE to the Homecoming Theatre
by Jaime Uranovsky - March 13, 2023

CRUISE, written and originally performed by Jack Holden is a one-one play that tells the story of Michael Spencer, a young, gay man who is diagnosed with HIV in the 1980s and whose time left to live is limited....

Interview: Daphne Kuhn Chats About Running THEATRE ON THE SQUARE
by Faeron Wheeler - March 06, 2023

It's not often I get to talk about theatre happening up in Joburg. However, last year I met Daphne Kuhn - owner and artisitic director of Theatre on the Square - and have seen some of the amazing work done there. This year, I chatted to Daphne about her theatre, the challenges they've faced over the...

Interview: Schoeman Smit talks about bringing DEVIL SONG to life at the Avalon Auditorium
by Faeron Wheeler - March 02, 2023

Dal Segno Theatre is bringing what they're calling a devilish new cabaret to the stage this month. DEVIL SONG is set to premiere to Cape Town audiences at the Avalon Auditorium at the Homecoming Centre towards the end of March. Star of the show, Schoeman Smit chatted to us about bring DEVIL SONG to ...

Interview: Sandra Prinsloo talks about Maria Callas, opera and MASTER CLASS
by Faeron Wheeler - February 22, 2023

It's the 100th anniversary of Maria Callas’ birth and what better way to celebrate it than with a run of the Terrence McNally ode to the opera singer, MASTER CLASS? This production sees Pieter Torien teaming up with Cape Town Opera to bring the story to life. In the titular role is Sandra Prinsloo....

Interview: Gerard Van Rooyen And Léa Blerk of COME TOGETHER at Theatre On The Bay
by Jaime Uranovsky - January 25, 2023

COME TOGETHER, a Beatles-inspired dance production presented by LAMTA, enjoyed a sold out run at the Theatre on the Bay in June last year. Since then, the show travelled to Johannesburg for a November 2022 season and now, it returns to the Mother City....

Interview: Louis Viljoen and Emma Kotze return to the Cape Town stage with THE GRASS WIDOW
by Klara van Rooyen - January 19, 2023

It's a brand-new year, and Cape Town's theatre scene (and weather) is warming up. Looking at the line-up, it's impressive to see the variety of productions offered. If your viewing palate thirsts for something darkly comedic, Louis Viljoen's latest production, THE GRASS WIDOW, promises to quench tha...

Interview: Nell-Louise Pollock speaks about being the featured artist for ONE IN THREE at Artscape
by Faeron Wheeler - November 21, 2022

As the world gets ready to launch the international 16 Days of Activism campaign against Gender Based Violence, Cape Town Opera decided to add their voice to the call. Their new production ONE IN THREE is a selection of works that speak about the subject of GBV....

Interview: Brett Bailey talks about creating CONSTELLATIONS at Spier
by Faeron Wheeler - October 21, 2022

CONSTELLATIONS is an immersive, intimate artistic experience created by Brett Bailey for the wine farm Spier. This year, they celebrate their third iteration of this incredible concept and it's sure to be a hit....

Interview: Carlo Daniels joins the cast of THE UNLIKELY SECRET AGENT
by Faeron Wheeler - October 05, 2022

The multi-nominated and award-winning THE UNLIKELY SECRET AGENT is returning to the stage this October. This run sees actor Carlo Daniels joining the cast, and Daniels came to talk to us about the experience so far....

Interview: New writer and director Molupi Lepeli talks about BACK TO ASHES and the Zabalaza Festival
by Faeron Wheeler - September 05, 2022

Magnet Theatre graduate, Molupi Lepeli, is no stranger to the Baxter's Zabalaza Festival. In 2019, he won the award for Best Supporting Actor in the festival. This year, however, he took part as a writer and director, creating BACK TO ASHES. The production was nominated as one of the Finest of the F...

Interview: Sohail Booise talks about HOSTEL LIGHTS and being Finest of the Fest from Zabalaza
by Faeron Wheeler - August 31, 2022

Finest of the Fest from Baxter's Zabalaza Festival kicks off this week with Sohail Booise's HOSTEL LIGHTS. This young director also wrote and choreographed the piece. He sat down to tell us more about his experiences at the festival and this play....

Nicola Date speaks about BREAKING THE CLOSET at The Two Eves
by Faeron Wheeler - June 03, 2022

BREAKING THE CLOSET is in its third edition. Co-founder of this exciting initiative, Nicola Date, sat down to discuss what the shows are all about and what they mean to her personally....

André Hattingh Talks to Us About Her New Song GATHERING THE STARS
by Faeron Wheeler - April 12, 2022

Leading SA actress, singer and television personality André Hattingh has recorded a new song called GATHERING THE STARS, released on 28 March. The song is a tribute honouring the over 142 SA showbiz personalities who sadly passed away (COVID-19 and other reasons) in the past two years, during lockdo...

Siya Mayola Discusses Win at the FLEUR DE CAP THEATRE AWARDS and More
by Faeron Wheeler - April 09, 2022

Fresh from his Best Supporting Actor win at the 57th FLEUR DU CAP THEATRE AWARDS on Sunday 27 March, Siya Mayola sat down to chat to us about winning, life through the pandemic and his future....

Zoë McLaughlin Talks About Finally Bringing THE LAST FIVE YEARS To the Stage
by Faeron Wheeler - February 16, 2022

After putting the show on pause due to COVID in 2020, Tally Ho! Productions is finally bringing THE LAST FIVE YEARS to the stage. We sat down to chat with Zoë McLaughlin about the wait and how ready she is to get up on stage to play Cathy Hiatt next month at Theatre on the Bay....

Entertainment Marketing Powerhouse Noeleen Bruton on Opening New Agency
by Lindsay Kruger - September 15, 2021

From THE LION KING to The Parlotones, Noeleen Bruton has had a wealth of experience in entertainment marketing and is now co-owner of new Cape Town based marketing and digital agency, Marketing Grit. Ready to take new strides on a well-walked path, Noeleen chats with BroadwayWorld....

Joburg Ballet's Esther Nasser on Presenting New Programme SOLO FLIGHT
by Lindsay Kruger - July 30, 2021

Having to replace their scheduled second season, EVOLVE, with a new programme this August, Joburg Ballet has expertly adapted their performing to fit current circumstances. CEO Esther Nasser tells BroadwayWorld of the company's journey thus far, and what to look forward to with the ballet's upcoming...

Jonathan Roxmouth talks About Online Shows and Creating SHOWSTOPPERS!
by Faeron Wheeler - July 27, 2021

In a time when live theatre is almost impossible to put on, many artists have turned to the online world. Jonathan Roxmouth, one of SA's leading lights in the musical theatre world, has taken the digital plunge and created SHOWSTOPPERS!...

Vicky Friedman on Helping Performers in Need with Noah's Art
by Lindsay Kruger - July 12, 2021

At the beginning of this year a team of theatre and dance professionals came together to create Noah's Art, a charity organization collecting money and food for local performing artists affected financially by the pandemic. One of its founding members, Vicky Friedman, tells us more about their worth...

Steinway Pianist Charl Du Plessis To Perform in Aardklop Aubade Concert Series
by Lindsay Kruger - June 01, 2021

Eleven years since being the youngest pianist in Africa to be named a Steinway Artist, Charl du Plessis has had an illustrious career both locally and internationally. Performing as part of Aardklop Aubade classical music concert series in collaboration with the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool, Du Plessis...

Neil Coppen on Adapting HAMLET for Live Online Reading
by Lindsay Kruger - May 26, 2021

From casting for the Fugard stage to fitting faces into Zoom frames, Neil Coppen has been on a journey with HAMLET since early 2020. The prolific director discusses with BroadwayWorld his experience so far....

Bringing Award-Winning Novel to Life Through Puppetry in LIFE AND TIMES OF MICHAEL K
by Lindsay Kruger - May 20, 2021

Adapted for stage by Lara Foot and in collaboration with Handspring Puppet Company, Nobel Prize-winning author JM Coetzee’s LIFE AND TIMES OF MICHAEL K opens for a special preview season next month at Baxter Theatre Centre. Letting us in on their process of working with puppetry for the past four de...

Matthew Counihan talks about directing AFRICAN PULSE - CELEBRATING THE NDLOVU YOUTH CHOIR
by Faeron Wheeler - April 26, 2021

Since its inception in 2009, the Ndlovu Youth Choir has become one of the world's most treasured groups. Their unique musical arrangements, powerhouse vocals, irresistibly combined with mesmerising choreography and infectious energy have inspired millions across the globe. They are the first choir i...

Artistic Director Marcus Desando on Presenting Second Edition of CANTIAMO - MZANSI OPERA CELEBRATION
by Lindsay Kruger - April 13, 2021

After a highly successful debut hailed as 'an operatic musical extravaganza', CANTIAMO - MZANSI OPERA CELEBRATION returns to the Mandela Theatre this month. Directed by acclaimed artistic producer and director Marcus Desando, he discusses with BroadwayWorld his role as director in this celebratory s...

Megan-Geoffrey Prins performing at AARDKLOP AUBADE “PRINCE & THE PIANO” Concert
by Lindsay Kruger - April 09, 2021

Megan-Geoffrey Prins is an internationally-acclaimed concert pianist working as a solist, chamber musician and lecturer. Performing at the third AARDKLOP AUBADE classical music concert entitled the PRINCE & THE PIANO, the celebrated local talent talks about his love for the instrument and his career...

Paul Rabenowitz on Starting The Assembly Improv South Africa
by Lindsay Kruger - March 04, 2021

Joining a global community with sister schools in Toronto, Mexico City and Amsterdam, The Assembly Improv South Africa welcomes an international cast of 'improvisers, clowns and performers' to flaunt their comedic skills in this weekend's launch show. Founded by performer and teacher Paul Rabenowitz...

Sandra Prinsloo At the Centre of Two Sold-Out Runs of KAMPHOER
by Lindsay Kruger - February 15, 2021

Following sold-out performances at The Market Theatre, the story of Susan Nell KAMPHOER enters two more sold-out weeks at the Roodepoort Theatre this week. Starring esteemed South African actress Sandra Prinsloo, she tells BroadwayWorld of her experience with the multi-award winning solo theatrical ...


The Nutcracker
Artscape theatre (12/7 - 12/23)
Artscape theatre (12/14 - 12/14)
Spring Awakening in South Africa Spring Awakening
Theatre on the Bay (11/24 - 12/2)
Peter Pan
Joburg Theatre (11/3 - 12/24)
Michael Jackson History Show
Joburg Theatre (1/28 - 2/24)
Queen: It's A King Of Magic
Joburg Theatre (4/4 - 4/24)
Bambi Kellermann in Kabaret in South Africa Bambi Kellermann in Kabaret
The Wave Theatre Cafe (11/30 - 12/1)

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