There was a time not too long ago when a ticket to a concert, opera, theatre or ballet was met with real excitement. The kind of excitement that made it an event where “dressing up” was the norm.

South African National Dance Trust SANDT
South African National Dance Trust SANDT

Bringing back some of the magic

On 3 December South African National Dance Trust (SANDT) trustees Mike Bosazzo, Veronica Paeper and Robyn Taylor aim to bring back some of that magic. This date is Evita’s opening weekend at the Artscape Opera House. Not only is it Pieter Toerien and David Ian’s presentation of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s 1978 iconic musical. This presentation also boasts Larry Fuller’s original choreography, and Timothy O’Brien and Tazeena Firth’s original sets and costumes linked together by Hal Prince’s original direction.

It’s such an extra-special production SANDT’s trustees think it’s just the right time to bring the glitter back into theatre-going. They’re doing this by inviting 100 patrons who – through SANDT – have purchased a R500 ticket for one of the best seats in the house.

Over and above a seat with great view of the stage, the ticket price includes a pre-curtain-up glass of sparkling wine, a programme, as well as an opportunity, at interval, to meet a mystery personality connected to the show, and share chatter over wine and tasty nibbles.

Evita, as Eva Peron, second wife of Argentina’s President Juan Peron, led her country’s field in the glamour stakes. It therefore seems appropriate that SANDT trustees should use this prize-winning musical for an evening of glitz.

Who: South African National Dance Trust (SANDT)
What: Evita opening weekend
Where: Artscape Opera House, Cape Town
When: 3 December, 2017
Book tickets: Robyn Taylor,, 082 376 3447
Evita full run: 1 December, 2017 to 7 January, 2018
Book: Computicket and 0861 915 8000