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On stage at Joburg Theatre

The city's theatres will feature something for everyone on their stages this December.

JOHANNESBURG – With offerings of comedy, music and drama, there’s no excuse to stay at home these holidays.

Pantomime is a long-standing Christmas tradition, and this year, Janice Honeyman’s Aladdin will thrill audiences at Joburg Theatre’s Mandela Theatre.

Starring Jeremy Mansfield as over-the-top villain, the Evil Abanazer, Aladdin tells the magical story of a boy, a princess, and a genie. Aladdin will run until 29 December.

Children and parents can also enjoy Jill Girard and Keith Smith’s Cinderella for Kids, an interactive production at Joburg Theatre’s The People’s Theatre.

This adaptation of the beloved Disney classic film about a young girl who suffers cruel treatment at the hands of her wicked step-mother and step-sisters, only to find true love with a little help

from her friends, will keep families entertained and impart an important message. The show will run until 24 December.

All the oddball humour of Dr Seuss will come alive on stage at the National Children’s Theatre, with Broadway musical Seussical Jr.

Directed by Francois Theron, the show will bring to life favourite characters like the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant and the Whos from Whoville. Seussical Jr will run until 22 December.

On 13 December, an evening of comedy and music is in the offing at the Windybrow Theatre.

The one-night-only show will feature the talents of Kedibone Mulaudzi and Afrika Mamas.

If passion and tragedy has more of an appeal than sequins and happy songs, take in Daar Was ‘n Tyd, Jan Groenewald’s one-man tour de force, at Foxwood Theatre on 14 and 15 December.

Set during the aftermath of the Anglo-Boer War, the play features original music by Du Preez Strauss and filmed sequences that underpin the live narrative.

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