Queen at the Ballet brings rock ballet en pointe to Joburg

| March 9, 2014 | 2 Comments
The Bovim Ballet cast in a scene from Queen's 'Under Pressure'.

The Bovim Ballet cast in a scene from Queen’s ‘Under Pressure’. Photo by Bill Zurich

Critics have called it “a remarkable production” and “a rocking good show”, and now Bovim Ballet brings their long awaited Queen at the Ballet to the Joburg Theatre in Johannesburg from 26 March to 13 April 2014.

Exploring the story of music legend, Freddie Mercury, the audience is led through the life of the great pretender and one of the world’s greatest music personalities. Set to over 20 of his biggest hits (including ‘Who wants to live forever’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Another one bites the dust’, ‘Barcelona’ and more), this production cleverly fuses rock and ballet, resulting in high-energy, athletic and original choreography.

Alongside the strong cast of dancers, belting out the songs will be Johannesburg’s renowned rocker, Cito (from WONDERboom and Jesus Christ Superstar fame), as well Daniel Fisher (from Fiddler on the Roof). Angela Kilian (Sunset Boulevard and Evita) also makes a special guest appearance singing ‘Barcelona’ with Cito.

You can read more about Queen at the Ballet in our full story here, but first watch this video for a preview of the show now coming to Joburg for the first time.

Booking Details:

Dates: 26 March – 13 April 2014,  Wednesdays to Saturdays 8pm and Sundays at 3pm.
Venue: The Mandela at Joburg Theatre, Johannesburg
Tickets: from R100 to R280 via www.joburgtheatre.com or by calling the theatre’s direct ticketing line on 0861 670 670.
Discounts: Discounted rates for scholars, students, pensioners and groups of ten or more are available.

Bovim Ballet's Henk Opperman performs as Freddie Mercury in Queen at the Ballet. Photo by Bill Zurich

Bovim Ballet’s Henk Opperman performs as Freddie Mercury in Queen at the Ballet. Photo by Bill Zurich

Opportunity for charity fundraisers:

Bovim Ballet has generously made discounted prices available to non-profit organisations (NPO’s) and charities wanting to do fundraisers for their organisations for two performances.

These dates include the first show of the season on Wednesday 26 March 2014, where NPO’s can receive a 50% discount, and Wednesday 2 April 2014, where a 25% discount is available to NPO’s.

For more details on the terms and conditions and to make a booking, contact Joburg Theatre on 011 877 6853 or 011 877 6917 or email happiness@joburgtheatre.com or tlhopiso@joburgtheatre.com.

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  1. Laura Kotze says:

    Dear Sean,
    I am desperate to see your new production Queen at the Ballet. The first time I had the privilege of seeing your work was Elvis at the Baxter in Cape Town in 2013 or was it 2012??
    I would like to probably book 20 tickets as a gift for some special friends as a celebration , so please reply and let me know when your performance will be in Cape Town.
    Thank you

    • Hi Laura,

      Thanks so much for your comment, I’ll be sure to pass it onto Sean immediately (My company, The CoLab Network, was the Associate Producer on Queen At The Ballet, facilitating the trip up to Joburg.

      We actually had 2 completely sold out seasons of Queen At The Ballet in CPT in 2012, hence the demand to bring it up to Joburg…

      And now with the success of the Joburg season, it seems as if CPT wants it back! :-)

      We don’t have anything finalised yet, but I assure you, we ARE looking at the possibility.

      Please can you email me on collett@thecolabnetwork.com so I can add you to our database, to ensure you get that information as soon as it’s released.

      Glad you enjoyed Private Presley – that was in 2013….

      Kind regards

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