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PRESS: Marc Lottering returns to Baxter with latest festive season instalment of AUNTY MERLE

Baxter Theatre


Following the award-winning success of the hit musical comedy, AUNTY MERLE IT’S A GIRL, comedic legend, Marc Lottering, returns to the stage with his brand-new offering, AUNTY MERLE THINGS GET REAL, at the Baxter Pam Golding Theatre from 29 November 2022 to 21 January 2023 at 7.30 nightly with Saturday matinees.

It’s been two long years and Merle Abrahams from Belgravia Road has since survived Covid-19 and lockdown restrictions, and is just about finding her way through the darkness of loadshedding. This time around however, things are about to get very real as Dennis, her loving husband, has been found to be keeping a secret from her. One which has affected his heart and is about to turn Merle’s world upside down.

“I wrote this one at a time when the world seems to have gone mad. I could not avoid having much of that chaos reflected in the story. The challenge has been to remain truthful in this regard, but to still ensure that there's laughter”, notes Marc Lottering.

Directed by award-winning director, and Baxter CEO Lara Foot (Life and Times of Michael K, Inconvenience of Wings), the star-studded cast includes Royston Stoffels (Aunty Merle, The Musical!, Egoli, Erfsonders), Loukmaan Adams (Aunty Merle It’s a Girl, District 6: The Musical, Kat & the Kings), Carmen Maarman (The Ellen Pakkies Story, Barakat, Arendsvlei) Jawaahier Petersen (Suidooster, Arendsvlei), Tankiso Mamabolo (The Fall, Aunty Merle The Musical, Tankiso Live, The Audacity to Be), Madeegha Anders (Carnival a la District 6) Anzio September (Rent! The Musical, Once upon a Nation, Danger in the Dark), Crystal Finck (Danger in the Dark, Living Coloured, Embody You), and Shaun Oelf (Adagio for a Hacked Life, Fishes of Hope, Skemerdans).

With choreography by co-founder of Figure of 8 Dance Collective, Grant van Ster, this spectacular cast is accompanied by a six-piece band, led by musical director Trevino Isaacs.

AUNTY MERLE THINGS GET REAL runs from 29 November 2022 to 21 January 2023 at the Baxter Pam Golding Theatre at 7.30pm with Saturday matinees at 3pm. Tickets prices range from R180 to R260 depending on the night and are available through Webtickets or at Pick n Pay stores. For block bookings contact Leon van Zyl on or call 021 680 3972 or Carmen Kearns on or call 021 680 3993.


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