Sandton Central Heats Up with April Arts at Theatre on the Square

Sandton Central Heats Up with April Arts at Theatre on the Square

As the leaves turn and the evenings draw in, Sandton Central is heating up, proving that the cooler months are no time to hibernate. This April, Theatre on the Square ignites the Autumn chill with an array of performances that offer something for every taste. With performances like the edge-of-your-seat drama ‘King George,’ capturing a riveting standoff with unexpected twists, to the uproarious ‘Mommy’s Boy’ starring South African comedic sensation, Siv Ngesi, visitors are in for a treat this Autumn. The Theatre on the Square is the perfect starting point for an evening that doesn’t end with the final bow. We’ll also explore the square’s vibrant dining and drinking scenes to continue your night in style. Don’t let the weather cool your spirits; April in Sandton Central is a celebration of arts, culture, and warmth!

The Theatrical Line-Up: Drama, Comedy, and Reflection

King George: A Riveting Drama

From April 23 to May 4, 2024, “King George” captures the stage with its intense narrative and dynamic performances. Written and performed by the award-winning Brent Palmer, alongside Clyde Berning, this urban drama presents a high-stakes battle between a property developer and a strip club owner, enveloped in moral quandaries and dark humour. Directed by Adrian Collins, the play promises to keep audiences on the edge of their seats with its clever dialogue and poignant undertones. Critics have hailed it as a “fight to the death worth watching,” with standout performances that blend suspense with sophisticated theatrical craft. One ticket, please!

Your Perfect Life: Comedy with a Slice of Life

Preceding this intense drama, ending on April 20, 2024, “Your Perfect Life” offers a lighter, yet equally reflective take on societal norms and personal fulfilment. This comedic yet poignant play, penned and performed by Erika Breytenbach-Marais and Faeron Wheeler, explores the divergent paths of two women reunited at a high school reunion. Directed by Sue Diepeveen, it’s a humorous and introspective look at the unexpected twists life can offer and the societal pressures that frame our choices. Keen for a slice of life? Pull in!

Mommy’s Boy: Siv Ngesi Brings Down the House

As April’s cultural feast draws to a close, May ushers in laughter with “Mommy’s Boy,” featuring South African comedic titan, Siv Ngesi, from May 7 to May 11, 2024. Known for his sharp wit and commanding stage presence, Ngesi is set to deliver a riot of laughs with his first-ever stand-up show at this venue. It’s an evening guaranteed to provide not just laughter but a unique perspective on everyday life, promising to be an unforgettable highlight of the season. Live, laugh, LOL, anyone?

Culinary and Cultural Delights Post-Show

Dine in Style at Nelson Mandela Square

Post-performance, the evening need not end. Nelson Mandela Square offers a plethora of dining experiences that promise to add a little more ‘drama’ to your night out.

  • Hard Rock Cafe Johannesburg melds the energetic vibes of rock ‘n’ roll with a menu that includes American classics. Diners can enjoy hand-crafted sandwiches, savoury sides, and the Legendary® Burger, made from scratch with the freshest ingredients. The venue itself is a spectacle, featuring a polished marble bar and a “floating constellation” of over 7,000 drumsticks, creating an ambience that’s as dynamic as the menu. It’s a great spot for those looking to soak in a vibrant, music-infused atmosphere after a show.

  • The Raj on the Square offers a taste of North India right in the heart of Johannesburg. With spices imported from India and local organic vegetables, the restaurant serves up authentic, flavourful dishes that are a feast for the senses. Aside from traditional North Indian fare, The Raj also introduces innovative options like Indian-style pizza and ice cream, as well as a mini-market where guests can buy spices and hand-crafted pastries. Its welcoming atmosphere makes it ideal for those who appreciate a culturally rich dining experience.

  • TANG provides a luxurious dining experience inspired by the Izakayas of Japan and the classic Cantonese eateries of Hong Kong. This restaurant is perfect for those who prefer a sophisticated, sensory meal that combines elements from different Asian culinary traditions, offering a unique fusion that’s both modern and deeply rooted in cultural heritage.

La Parada taps into the festive spirit of Spanish cuisine with its array of tapas and vibrant cocktails. The restaurant’s warm decor and lively atmosphere encapsulate the essence of Spanish dining, making it an excellent choice for those looking to unwind and indulge in the communal joy of sharing small plates.

  • Nonna’s Italian Kitchen recreates the comforting and familial atmosphere of a traditional Italian grandmother’s home. With dishes that evoke memories of homemade meals, Nonna’s serves up authentic Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. It’s an ideal choice for diners looking for a heartwarming, rustic meal to end their night.

Wrapping Up the Night

Sandton Central is THE place to be to experience Johannesburg’s thriving arts and culinary scenes. The Theatre on the Square, through its lineup of varied performances and the surrounding Square’s culinary wealth, offers a perfect blend of entertainment and gastronomy. This season, let the cool weather invite you into warm theatres and vibrant dining rooms, where each night is a celebration of life and artistry. So, forget hibernating! Wrap up well, step out, and immerse yourself in all the art, culture, and delicious grub that Sandton Central has to offer this chilly Autumn season. See you there!