Three Seasons finds New Space at Theatre Centre

Gugu Sibiya

Gugu Sibiya

A new theatre on 44 Long Street in Cape Town will provide a kaleidoscope of theatrical experiences when it opens its doors to the public at the NewSpace Theatre Centre.

It has already unveiled its production programme for the next seven months. For riveting viewing, the audience will be enthralled for seven months starting before summer through to the end of winter.

On the Three Seasons' menu at the NewSpace are shows ranging from acclaimed plays and one-man shows to comedy and high-end musical tributes, featuring a stellar array of local and international luminaries.

Setting the tone for theatre lovers will be the South African production of the absorbing drama Hard Love, written by leading Israeli playwright Motti Lerner and directed by Alan Swerdlow. It shows from February 23 to March 8.

The play premiered at Johannesburg's Old Mutual Theatre on the Square in 2008.

It marks the first of many creative exchanges between the Theatre on the Square and the NewSpace Theatre.

Set in Israel, Hard Love features former Scandal stars Keren Tahor and Ashley Dowds as a couple with two differing views of Judaism. One is secular, while the other is orthodox. It stimulates provocative debate about the nature of faith and love.

For two weeks only, from March 10 to 22, a cappella voice outfit overtone will be lending their considerable vocal talents to the hits of Freddie Mercury and Queen in the musical show Killer Queen.

Expect unusual vocal arrangements combined with the magic of Queen from these seven hunky lads, resulting in a highly entertaining night out. Following her successful Sandton season last year, Broadway musical theatre sensation Christine Pedi returns to South Africa with her rip-roaring impersonations of the divas of today and yesteryear.

Her hilarious, multi-award winning show Great Dames heads to the NewSpace from March 24 to April 12, prior to opening on the West End in May.

From April 14 to May 10, Fred Abrahamse's new production of Noël Coward's classic comedy of manners, Private Lives, can be seen at theNewSpace.

It will be followed by Michael Richard in the hit Broadway comedy My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewishand I'm in Therapy! from May 12 to June 7. Written by New York stand-up comedian Steve Solomon, this production is directed by Charmaine Weir-Smith and promises belly laughs aplenty.

Annabel Linder, Louise Saint-Claire and Johan Baird star in Peter Quilter's Glorious from June 9 to 28. This scream of a comedy tells the bizarre but true tale of Florence Foster Jenkins, an American singer who was dubbed "the diva of din" because, well, she couldn't sing for toffee - yet she enjoyed tremendous success in the early 20th century.