Press: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel and Alexander McCall Smith Stage No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, The Musical

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel has teamed up with acclaimed author Alexander McCall Smith and award-winning director Nicholas Ellenbogen to stage No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, The Musical. Premiering on 6th October 2015 in the Grill Room, the master storyteller’s family musical is a unique chance for fans to see one of the world’s best-loved novelist’s work performed in an intimate setting.


Penned by Ellenbogen especially for this exclusive collaboration, No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, The Musical is based on the first five books in McCall Smith’s best-selling series and follows the adventures of Mma Ramotswe and her sidekicks, secretary Mma Makutsi and motor mechanic J.L.B Matekoni. Exploring the issues of morality, humour and love, McCall Smith’s much-loved stories are brought to theatrical life by Ellenbogen against the rugged backdrop of the Botswana bush with its local villages, traditional people and awe-inspiring wildlife.


The musical features an eight-person cast accompanied by a three-piece live band, performing a music score composed by Cape Town’sl Josh Hawks of Freshlyground fame. Twelve specially created songs incorporate African dance, reggae, pioneer-style jazz and gentle ballads.


No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, The Musical runs from Tuesday – Sunday at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel from 6th October 2015 until mid-December 2015, following which it will travel to Johannesburg before touring further afield. Tickets are available through Webticket at a cost of R250.  


In addition, South African ticket-holders can also book a special overnight package at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel at R2 995 per night for two people which includes luxury accommodation and breakfast.


The hotel is also offering a pre-show dinner menu in Planet Restaurant featuring dishes such as twice-baked blue cheese soufflé with candied pecan nuts, rocket and aged balsamic, fresh ceviche of the day and grilled beef sirloin with oxtail croquettes. The cost is R265 for two courses and R330 for three courses.


To book the dinner please call restaurant reservations on 021 483-1948 or e-mail:


To book the overnight package please call the hotel on 021 483-1000 or e-mail: Please note that this rate does not include the theatre tickets and is subject to availability.


Book your theatre online at Webtickets.

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