5 must-watch holiday shows in Johannesburg


Robin Hood and the Babes in Wood

This year Janice Honeyman’s ever-popular festive season pantomime is set in Sherwood Forest, combining the babes-lost-in-the-forest story with the Robin Hood legend. Expect superb storytelling, spectacular special effects, zany comedy and outrageous double entendres, as Robin Hood (played by Isidingo star, Izak Danel) saves Hansel and Gretel from their evil uncle, the Sheriff of Nottingham (Graham Hopkins).

Where: The Mandela at Joburg Theatre

When: Until 30 December

Visit: www.joburgtheatre.com

The Big Bad Musical

The Big Bad Musical is set in the courtroom where the Big Bad Wolf is facing a lawsuit from Little Red Riding Hood, her Grandmother, the Three Little Pigs and the Shepherd in charge of the Boy Who Cried Wolf who want to get even. This is a fun hour-long musical, including original songs and hilarious audience participation for the children.

Where: Roodepoort Theatre

When: 15-23 December

Visit: www.roodepoorttheatre.com

Beautiful Creatures

This popular South African children’s brand is back with an interactive show for the festive season. The musical tells the story of the shy and quiet Imvubu the Happiest Hippo and how he got to be so happy. Join him on his journey of self-discovery as he befriends Mafutha the Elephant, learns dance steps from Tallulah the Tortoise and finds his “inner roar” with the help of Lucas the Lazy Lion.

Where: Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Palace

When: 8-18 December

Visit: www.beautifulcreatures.co.za

Mr Popper’s Penguins

In the town of Stillwater, the Popper family live uneventful lives, but when a surprise package arrives and produces a penguin, nothing is the same again. This family-friendly show features singing, tap dancing, comedy and some valuable lessons, such as never giving up on your dreams, whatever your age.

Where: National Children’s Theatre

When: Until 23 December

Visit: www.nationalchildrenstheatre.org.za

Seussical the Musical

This musical brings to life the favourite characters of Dr Seuss, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. Much like the books, this show will delight all ages; with the perfect holiday message that: “a person’s a person no matter how small”.

Where: The Joburg Theatre

When: 3-24 December

Visit: www.joburgtheatre.com/seussical-musical-jr


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