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Three very different productions at the Joburg Theatre Complex this month will keep you out of the cold Highveld wind. Don’t miss the Romeo and Juliet ballet.
THE chilly nights are setting in, and an evening at the theatre is a good way to chase away those winter blues.

Romeo and JulietRomeo and Juliet: The balletThree productions are being staged this month at the Joburg Theatre Complex, all of them suitable for the entire family. First up is African Adventure, which ends on 5 May. The show is by Paisley Productions in association with SANParks Honorary Rangers.

It takes the audience on a sound journey into the African bushveld, where they join Lynette, the Posh Giraffe and Malcolm, the Funky Monkey on a terrifying quest to help their rhino friends, Ricky and Rachael, fight the ruthless poachers.

According to Paisley Productions, the tale is “full of thrills, enthusiasm and above-all else, adventure. The stage design will transport us into the great African bush where we’ll meet the breathtaking and sometimes eccentric creatures of our awe-inspiring land”.

Tickets are priced from R95 per person; a percentage of this goes to the SANPark Honorary Rangers Counter Poaching and Public Education divisions.

An Irish dance show, Dance of Desire, is on until 22 May. This production promises to evoke a feeling of energy and emotion in its audiences, who follow the tale on a mythological journey of jealousy, love and betrayal. Tickets are priced from R171.

The month ends with one of the best-known love stories of all time, Romeo and Juliet, which runs from 27 May to 19 June.

The famous play by William Shakespeare has been updated, adapted, modernized and turned into movies, but perhaps the most graceful of its interpretations is the ballet. It will be performed by the South African Ballet Theatre, to the original music by the composer Sergei Prokofiev.

African Adventure posterAfrican Adventure posterThis tragic tale of two lovers separated by a passionate vendetta between their families unfolds in Renaissance Italy. Directed by Iain MacDonald, it will be based on the original ballet production choreographed by Nicholas Beriosoff.

MacDonald says: “The South African Ballet Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet is the ultimate romantic ballet set to Prokofiev’s magnificent score. It’s exciting for me to see the younger stars of the company rising through the ranks and Romeo and Juliet is the perfect vehicle for them to explore the characters and choreography.

“Audiences can expect lots of drama, thrilling music, exciting duels, world-class ballet and lots of romance in this production.”

Tickets are available from R105 per person.

The Joburg Theatre Complex is on Loveday Street in Braamfontein, opposite the Metro Centre. It has three theatres; an innovative community theatre,; a café; eight venues for private dining and corporate functions; and is the home of the South African Ballet Theatre.

It offers everything from ballet to comedy and from drama to pantomime. For all bookings, contact Happiness or Emelda at the complex on 0861 670 670, send an email to or visit the website.

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