Summer Musical and Theatre Shows In Johannesburg


Immerse yourself in the world of theatre with these holiday theatre shows in Johannesburg that are set to light up the festive season. There are tall tales, magical ensembles and musicals, and timeless classics that include some of the best local and international talent to take centre stage.

It’s all about the festivity and calibre of artistic culture expanding on the merriest time of the year where guests are treated to awe-inspiring performances from masterful cast members, stage decorations and directors.

Don’t miss out on these productions that are suited to all ages and showcase the arts in the most memorable way to celebrate summer and the festive season.

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Here are the best musical and theatre shows in Johannesburg to look forward to

Theatre Shows In Johannesburg

A MARRY Little Christmas

Watch a lively comedic show with an award-winning cast

Joburgers are in luck to watch the debut staging of Greg Homann’s A MARRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS, a fresh new romantic comedy theatre that unpacks a witty story of love, family and festive traditions.

Arnold Hartmann is a 45-year-old man with big plans to propose to Natalie Cloete before hosting the perfect ‘traditional’ Christmas lunch to unify his and her family. But a nightmare has caused him to oversleep, and before he can build up the courage to pop the question, the two families have started to arrive …

This hilarious new South African play conceived by Greg Homann is set on an unnamed golf estate somewhere on the Northwest edge of Johannesburg and promises to be the heart-warming holiday comedy you need at the end of this year. READ MORE

Cost: Tickets range from R150pp to R250pp, and bookings are at Webtickets or at Pick ‘n Pay outlets. Discounts for groups of 10 or more apply

When: Running from 29 November to 24 December 2023. Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7:30pm & Sundays at 2pm
Where: John Kani stage at The Market Theatre, 56 Margaret Mcingana St, Newtown, Johannesburg

Website: | Email:| Tel: 011 832 164

Momo’s Magical Adventure

Momo’s Magical Adventure

African-style Christmas adventure

In this heartwarming tale, Momo finds herself in Johannesburg while her friends embark on their summer seaside adventures. She’s the lone adventurer in the bustling city, patiently awaiting her favourite night of the year – Christmas Eve.

This children’s theatre production is brought to life by a talented cast of South African performers. Tebogo Molepo shines as the spirited Momo, while Justin Swartz embodies the lovable Mack the meerkat. The stage comes alive with the rest of the exceptional ensemble, featuring Mlindeli Emmanuel, Ryan Smith, Noluthando Mathebula, Jordyn Schaefer, and Katlego Nche.

Each of the actors portrays a delightful array of magical festive characters including Sandi the Gingerbread man, Busi the butterfly, and other beloved friends from Momo’s vibrant imagination. Definitely one of the must-see theatre shows in Johannesburg this festive season. READ MORE

Cost: R50pp, book online via

When: Running from 8 December 2023 to 7 January 2024. From Tuesday to Sunday, at 10.30am, 12.30pm, 3.30pm and 5.30pm
Where: Sandton City, 83 Rivonia Rd, Sandhurst, Sandton

Website: | Tel: 011 217 6000

Theatre Shows In Johannesburg

Mzansi Ballet’s The Queen Show

A timeless ballet tribute to the legendary rock band

Mzansi Ballet is staging The Queen Show, a dynamic celebration of ballet and dance that tribute to the iconic music of the pop group, Queen. With a fresh and vibrant production, dazzling costumes by world-renowned designer David Hutt, and a diverse cast with global stage experience, this world-class performance promises a fun night out for the whole family. 

Eminent ballet veteran and director Dirk Badenhorst is thrilled to bring back this beloved production to entertain South African audiences at the Pieter Toerien Theatre in Fourways. READ MORE

Cost: R150pp to R270pp, book via Webtickets

When: Running from 13 December 2023 t0 14 January 2024. Various days, at 7pm and 2pm
Where: Pieter Toerien Theatre, 1 Montecasino Blvd, Magaliessig, Johannesburg

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Circus Galassia

Relive the golden age of authentic circus with a captivating series of 2-hour matinee and evening shows staged in a traditional tented circus setting. The unique charm of Circus Galassia showcase is their intentional focus on human-only entertainment – no real animals feature in any of the acts. 

What’s more, the acrobats, jugglers, clowns and daredevils are all world-class talent from various parts of the globe that serve up breathtaking and death-defying stunts under the masterful eye of the ringmaster.

While you’re there, round out the festive feels with candy floss and freshly popped popcorn, and wash down warm hotdogs with a range of slushies while you and the family are transported through the wonders of the circus.

Cost: R170pp to R290pp, book online via Circus Galassia. Rates are R150pp every Wednesday for all seats. What’s on in Joburg readers received 15 % discount on their ticket price. Use code WOJ15 at checkout

When: Running from 15 December 2023 to 7 January 2024. Various days, from 3pm to 5pm and 7pm and 9pm
Where: Sandown High School, Rivonia Drive, Sandown, Sandton

Website: | Email: | Tel: 078 144 2673

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Swingle Bells

A Christmas concert spectacular

Swingle Bells is a limited run of live concerts running at The Teatro from 15 to 24 December 2023. Audiences are in for a heartwarming treat, with a splendid blend of family-friendly entertainment that encompasses cherished traditional Christmas carols like ‘Deck the Halls’ and ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’.

Guests can look out for Jonathan Roxmouth and the Johannesburg Big Band, who will share the limelight with special guest artists Timothy Moloi and Monique Steyn, infusing their incredible vocal talents into the performance, and adding a distinct local brilliance.

This production marks five years since local musical theatre and international concert entertainer, Jonathan Roxmouth took the stage at Teatro at Montecasino. READ MORE

Cost: Tickets range from R200pp to R310pp, and bookings are at Webtickets or at Pick ‘n Pay outlets. Discounts for groups of 10 or more, senior citizens, scholars and students apply.

When: Running from 15 to 24 December 2023. Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7:30pm & Sundays at 2pm
Where: The Teatro, Montecasino, Teatro Rd, Fourways, Johannesburg

Email: | Tel: 082 653 1338

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Janice Honeyman’s Peter Pan

The world Neverland reimagined for modern theatre

Joburg Theatre presents Janice Honeyman’s Pantomime Peter Pan, as one of the best musicals and theatre shows in Johannesburg. Based on the classic tale by J.M. Barrie, this is the third time that the pantomime Peter Pan is showcased at the theatre.

The show incorporates the magic of the traditional pantomime props and sets, with the magic of modern LED screens. Starring in the role of Peter Pan is the talented Sandi Dlangalala who debuts in his first Janice Honeyman pantomime.

Ben Voss plays the role of Captain Hook and is no stranger to the pantomime stage. Playing Captain Hook’s sidekick Smee is actor Michael Richard who has a career spanning 49 years in highly acclaimed TV shows, films, musicals and theatre. Kiruna-Lind Devar plays the role of Wendy and has performed in many musical theatre productions and Dame Clementina Coconut will be played by David Arnold Johnson, who appeared in his first pantomime in 2022 as various characters.

Newcomer Virtuous Kandemiri will be sharing her pixie dust as Tinkerbell. Her musical theatre experience includes shows like, ‘Seussical Jr.’ and ‘The Buddy Holly Story.

Cost: R130pp to R350pp, book via Webtickets

When: Running until 24 December 2023. Various times
Where: Joburg Theatre, 163 Civic Blvd, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Website: | Email: | Tel: 011 877 6800

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Shrek The Musical JR

The much-loved animation film comes to life on stage

The Peoples Theatre showcases the production of Shrek Jr, based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film.

This rendition of Shrek has been adapted specially for younger audiences. The noble character of Shrek is portrayed in a lovable and fun-filled way making him engaging and captivating to younger children. Shrek the Musical JR utilizes the magic of theatre, filled with song, dance and laughter to leave a lasting impression on audiences of all ages.

Cost: R140pp – R165pp, book via Webtickets

When: Running until 24 December 2023 | Tuesday to Friday, 9am and 11 am | Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am and 4pm
Where: Joburg Theatre, 163 Civic Blvd, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Website: | Email: | Tel: 082 450 6524

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YRBC’s The Nutcracker

See this festive favourite for a limited run

In ballet, The Nutcracker is a timeless classic usually staged over the Christmas period that will charm the heart and create memories that last a lifetime.

The Youth Russian Ballet Company is putting on a stunning performance on the 15th and 16th of December 2023. This ballet show in Johannesburg is set to bring to life a rich storyline that has held audiences spellbound for generations, performed by our extraordinary dancers. Their elegance and poise will leave you in awe as they deliver a ballet performance like no other.

‘The Nutcracker is a beautiful story that has been captivating audiences for generations. We are delighted to bring it to life once again with our talented dancers,’ says the Director of the Youth Russian Ballet Company. ‘We invite everyone to come and experience the magic, the beauty, and the holiday spirit.’

Cost: R100pp to R300pp, book via Webtickets

When: Running on Friday, 15 December and Saturday, 16 December 2023 only. Timeslots at 12pm and 5pm
Where: Main Theatre at Roodepoort Theatre, Roodepoort Theatre, 100 Christiaan de Wet Rd, Florida Park, Roodepoort

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

A timeless Christmas tale

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol returns to Montecasino having played to sold-out audiences for the last 5 years. Adapted and directed by Elizma Badenhorst with a soundtrack by Wessel Odendaal, A Christmas Carol has been described as “a sumptuous banquet for the eyes, ears and imagination; a sensory delight for any tired soul.

Cost: R150pp to R230pp, book via Webtickets

When: Running from 29 November to 10 December 2023. Various days, at 7pm and 2pm
Where: Pieter Toerien Theatre, 1 Montecasino Blvd, Magaliessig, Johannesburg

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Joburg Ballet’s The Nutcracker

A fairytale performance of classical ballet

Joburg Ballet returns to the Teatro at Montecasino with a magnificent festive season rendition of The Nutcracker for 11 performances from 1 to 10 December 2023.

Staged by guest producer Angela Malan, The Nutcracker, the world’s most magical classical ballet, is set to transport audiences to a fairy tale world as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince journey through sweets, snowflakes and waltzing flowers to reach the enchanted realm of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

The performances are complemented by music by Tchaikovsky, beautiful sets, costumes and lighting, making The Nutcracker an unforgettable treat for children and adults. It also aims to showcase all the wonder and magic of The Nutcracker and capture the timelessness of the great classical ballet tradition.

Cost: R220pp to R450pp | Opening Night, 50%-off R110pp to R225pp. Book via Webtickets

When: Running from 1 to 10 December 2023. Various times
Where: The Teatro, Montecasino, Teatro Rd, Fourways, Johannesburg

Website: | Email: | Tel: 011 877 6898

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