The Jungle Book at the People’s Theatre
Reviewed by Barry Viljoen
Previously known as the Johannesburg Civic Theatre, in Braamfontein dates back to 1962 and was rebranded in 2009 as the Joburg Theatre Complex. The People’s Theatre specifically is the smallest of the four theatres within the complex, and is specifically reserved for children’s productions.
The Jungle Book is a story known and loved by generations, from the original writings of Rudyward Kipling, to the Disney movies of the 60’s and more recent times. A timeless tale which captures the imagination of children, with unforgettable singing and dancing, while also holding valuable life lessons imparted along Mowgli’s journey.
For many of the children at the event, this was their first experience of the theatre. Many of the children were clearly uncertain of what to expect. The theatre and staff were welcoming and spared no expense to make children and their parents feel welcome. The snacks available were certainly geared towards the younger patrons, who had clearly stocked up before the performance.
As one entered the theatre itself, it felt as though you were entering a different world, with dimmed lighting and a smoky atmosphere. This certainly helped to cause the excitement to spike. Suddenly, all were pulled into the performance as Bagheera greeted the audience from the stairs, welcoming all to the show, before the curtains had opened. The performance was fantastically interactive, captivating the audience, as evidenced from their laughs, shouts and cries. As the show had started, so too would it end, with Bagheera bidding farewell while announcing the forthcoming production.
At its announcement, one could hear children turning to their parents and asking to come to the next production. I, like many others, will most likely be there for that, both enjoying myself and accompanying my little companion.
Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids will be running till the 17 July 2022 at The Peoples Theatre
Show times for schools are Monday to Friday at 9am and 11am.
Show times for Public are 10h30 and 14h30 Weekends and school holidays
R155 per person for members of the public
R110 if you are a member of the Peoples Theatre Kids Club
R125 for public accompanying members
For School group rates, please contact the theatre directly
PLEASE BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT
The Kids’ Club
Children who join the Kids’ Club for just R130.00 a year receive discounted rates on tickets and also get to enjoy free entrance to a show that falls closest to their birthday. Kids Club members receive fun newsletters and stand to win fabulous prizes in exciting competitions. So why not come and spend some quality time at the PEOPLES THEATRE Come as you are, come dressed up but what ever you do don’t miss DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS !
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