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By Bonginkosi Tiwane

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‘I never should have given up on my thriving rugby-playing career’- Marc Lottering

The veteran comedian recently announced the return of his much-loved character of Aunty Merle, which is coming to Joburg next year.


After the return of the Springboks to Mzansi this morning and the rousing welcome they received, comedian Marc Lottering has reflected on what could’ve been.

“I never should have given up on my thriving rugby-playing career. (Damn that one head injury!) This is the kinda welcome I’m missing out on every time land in Joburg!” said the veteran comedian, jokingly, after the Boks landed back in the country from their triumph at the Rugby World Cup.

Despite Halloween being on October 31, Lottering celebrated it over the weekend while watching the final between South Africa and New Zealand with friends.

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Aunty Merle comes to Joburg

Lottering recently announced that his much-loved character of Aunty Merle will be coming to Joburg early next year.

Following hot on the stiletto heels of the smash hit musical comedy, Aunty Merle It’s A Girl, Lottering and a dynamic cast return to the stage with the hit sequel Aunty Merle Things Get Real from 16 February to 3 March 2024 at Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Palace, in Johannesburg.

“When I started creating this story, the world found itself in a delicate space post-Covid, along with South Africa facing its own burning issues.  The challenge was to acknowledge the realities of the world Aunty Merle was living in but to also keep the audience laughing,” shared 55-year-old Lottering in a statement.

Directed by Lara Foot and produced by Anwar Mc Kay, the role of Aunty Merle is played by Lottering supported by an ensemble including Royston Stoffels, Loukmaan Adams, Jawaahier Petersen and Carmen Maarman. 

They are accompanied by a six-piece band led by musical director, Trevino Isaacs with choreography by Grant van Ster.  The show debuted in Cape Town to critical-acclaim and received 6 Fleur Du Cap award nominations.

Two years have gone by since audiences were taken on a trip into the world of Aunty Merle on Belgravia Road. Aunty Merle Abrahams has survived Covid-19 and lockdown and is navigating her way through the darkness of load shedding.  But her husband, Dennis, is keeping a secret from her, one which is about to turn Merle’s world upside down.

“Fans can expect a brand-new story with a dynamic cast, beautiful original music, laughter, sadness and then some more laughter.  Aunty Merle is outrageous with a good heart.  She has the most ridiculously delicious gestures and dance moves, which I would never be able to get away with in normal life,” concluded Lottering.

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