Saturday Night At The Palace returns to the stage at Joburg Theatre

It’s nearly showtime for the iconic, multi-award-winning South African play Saturday Night At The Palace, which willonce again grace the Gauteng stage, 41 years after its explosive debut during apartheid in 1982, when it opens atJoburg Theatre on 28 July.

Since announcing earlier this month that the play would return to the stage, Johannesburg audiences have been buzzing with anticipation. Award-winning director Albert Maritz, who has brought the production to life, says there’smuch to look forward to. “The actors have shown the utmost commitment to what is an incredibly well-crafted and intense script and Megan Miller has wrapped her head, heart, and arms around the costume and set design which, as a naturalistic set, has required incredible skill, talent and hard work and the results are remarkable. The Johannesburg Theatre has offered us brilliant support in being able to bring this riveting and meaningful production to the public.”

Samson Khumalo, best known for his role as Percy Mlambo on the M-Net sitcom The Coconuts, as well as Heartlines The Other Woman and Isibaya, plays the role of September (originally played by Fats Dibeko in the 1980s), while Charlie Bouguenon plays Vince (originally Paul Slabolepszyand Francois Jacobs (originally Bill Flynn) plays Forsie.

Running until 20 August, Saturday Night At The Palace is bound to have just as poignant an impact as it did when it rose to acclaim in the 1980s, and was described as “shattering” and “political theatre at its best”.

Joburg Theatre Artistic Director James Ngcobo says: “While apartheid no longer exists as a political system, the existence of entrenched racism – not only in our society but globally – still inflicts ugly wounds that need to be healed and deep scars that need to be exposed. Saturday Night At The Palace is not only a powerful human story, but it is alsoone that still sadly remains relevant today. Much has changed but unfortunately, much has stayed the same. I hope that by bringing this iconic play back to the stage, weinspire the need for insight, change, and meaningful conversation that moves us forward. When theatre canmanifest this type of engagement, we see and experience the true glory of our art and it is also is a celebration of Paul Slab’s voice. A voice that has inspired and mentored the next generation of storytellers, throughout the years”

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