The 2019 pantomime ‘Jack And The Beanstalk’ was another massive success for the Joburg Theatre. Every year, kids (and adults) around the country wait with baited breath to celebrate the end of the year with the pantomime and while it’s only January, the theatre has announced that they will be recreating the fabulous tale of Cinderella for the 2020 year and have already announced its all-star cast.
Every year, the pantomime packed with an abundance of comedy, stunning sets, hundreds of beautiful costumes and so much more. This year, Cinderella is transformed from rags to riches and whisked off to the Ball – with the help of a little dusting of fairy godmother magic.
Favourite panto star Desmond Dube returns for his seventh panto, with Ben Voss starring alongside Desmond as the two Ugly Sisters. Desmond and Ben won the hearts – and hilarity – of panto audiences when they appeared together in 2018’s Snow White.
Hugely popular South African actress Connie Chiume – best known for her starring role as Mamokete Khuse in the etv soapie Rhythm City – will make her pantomime debut in 2020 as the Fairy Godmother. Whilst all-round entertainer, Idols SA finalist and nice guy Bongi Mthombeni finally comes back home – after travelling and working all across the globe – to play the iconic role of Buttons in his sixth panto season at Joburg Theatre, having played Prince Charming in Cinderella in his stage debut in 2011.
Triple-threat theatre performer Kiruna-Lind Devar also returns to pantoland to play the title role, after starring as Meg in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera internationally for the past year. South African Music Award (SAMA) winner in 2017 for Best Pop Album and six times Ghoema Award winner as the lead singer/songwriter in the band Adam, Kyle Grant makes his panto debut in Cinderella as Prince Charming, taking a short break from his successful solo music career to return to theatre for the first time since 2014. Multi-award-winning film, television and stage actor Graham Hopkins returns once again to panto to play the comic character role of Baron Horace Hard-Up.
Also featured in the cast of Cinderella this year are (in alphabetical order) Jonathan Blaine Shore, Cameron Botha, Clive Gilson, Tarryn Heard, Dolly Louw, Venolia Manale, Arno Meyer, Noni Mkhonto, Tshepiso ‘Perci’ Moeketsi, Brian Ngobese, Justin Swartz, Carmen Tromp and Dezlenne Ulster-Weale.
Tickets for Cinderella are on sale now from R240 through www.joburgtheatre.com or by calling 0861 670 670. Many of the seventy-two scheduled performances are already sold out!
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