We’re leass than a month away from rehearsals beginning for Snow White on 1st October and the excitement is already mounting in Jozi…
Joburg Theatre and Bernard Jay present Janice Honeyman’s Snow White, The Fairest Panto in All The Land, opening on The Mandela Stage at Joburg Theatre on November 3rd and running until December 23rd!
“It’s panto-time again! Music, dancing, sensational sparkly sets and a super story, jokes, laughter and ‘happy-ever-after’”, declares Janice Honeyman. “And this year it’s back to my very first panto ever, Snow White. It has always been a great favourite of mine! Why? Because it’s sweet and sad, romantic, rollicking, funny, and full of fantasy.
We have a kind, loveable heroine, a handsome, hunky prince, seven cute dwarfs, a magic mirror and of course the ultimate example of Evil – the wicked Queen Hildegonda. And then, as always, there are all sorts of sensational surprises – I’m not saying what they are – you must come and discover them for yourselves!”
South African movie, television, stage and comedy star Desmond Dube returns to his sixth Joburg Theatre pantomime, playing the comic role of Dame Dolla Diddledaddledoodledragon, having become one of Joburg audiences’ most loved panto stars. Desmond is best known for his movies Hotel Rwanda and Hopeville, the TV series No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Friends Indeed and Suburban Bliss and, of course, his roles in the Amaglugglug and Clientele Life commercials.
Legendary 702 talk radio show host and international champion rugby player John Robbie makes his pantomime debut in Snow White as The Major-Dumb-Ou of the Royal Palace of Cool Cornucopia. John recently retired after thirty years on 702, having built an unrivalled reputation on air for professionalism, integrity and fairness.
Ben Voss is a comedian, actor and playwright, best known for his portrayal of the fictional South African businesswoman, Beauty Ramapelepele, using the alter ego of Beauty to deliver satirical social commentary. In Snow White, Ben will play the role of the Wicked Queen Hildegonda Hoggenham. Ben set up the production company Mamba Productions together with John van de Ruit and they have produced and performed the comedy skit shows Green Mamba and Black Mamba across the country and in London.
Snow White also features two of South Africa’s most highly acclaimed rising theatre stars, Kiruna-Lind Devar (Sweet Charity, Saturday Night Fever, Evita) as the Princess and Tshepo Ncokoane (Janice Honeyman’s Sleeping Beauty, Priscilla, The Color Purple) as Prince Chuck B Charming.
Also in the all-South African cast are (in alphabetical order) Oscar Buthelezi, Matt Counihan, Sne Dladla, Daniel Keith Geddes, Emil Haarhoff, Dirk Joubert, Saxola Ketshengane, Sebe Leotlela, Dolly Louw, Namisa Mdlalose, Noni Mkhonto, Sabelo Radebe, Senzesihle Radebe, J P Rossouw, Kaylan Sabbadin, Nicol Sheraton, Nkanyiso Shezi, Lindo Sithole and Sarah-Ann Van Der Merwe.
Snow White is written and directed by Janice Honeyman, with musical direction by Coenraad Rall and choreography by Nicol Sheraton. Bernard Jay serves as executive producer of this, his 18th Janice Honeyman pantomime.
Here’s a fun behind-the-scenes video for you to enjoy, taken at the costume publicity photo shoot held recently, and it was also the first time the whole cast got together :
Janice Honeyman’s Snow White will be on the stage of The Nelson Mandela Theatre at Joburg Theatre from November 3rd to December 23rd, 2018. Performance times vary according to the Festive Season schedule – consult www.joburgtheatre.com to get exact dates and times.
Tickets range from R245 – R375 and can be booked at www.joburgtheatre.com or by calling 0861 670 670. Theatre patrons can also book online and pay at selected Pick N Pay stores. A wide range of discounted rates for groups is available by calling the theatre’s VIP Ticketing office on (011) 877 6853.
Snow White is presented by Joburg Theatre and Bernard Jay in association with the panto’s much valued and long-term partners, MNet, 94.2 Jacaranda FM and Your Family Magazine.