Press: Private Presley – a Salute to the King

October 18, 2015

Due to popular demand, Sean Bovim’s Private Presley – a Salute to the King, will be returning to Cape Town for a limited season at The Baxter Theatre from 12 – 28 November 2015.


Bovim Ballet is thrilled to announce that, in association with the CoLab Network, they will be re-staging their fantastically popular Private Presley. It will be the fourth season of the show since it was created in 2013; this season in the Mother City in November will follow a 3-week season in Johannesburg , currently on stage at Joburg Theatre until 25 October.


From the same creators of the smash hit Queen at the Ballet, the high-energy production features over 30 of Elvis Presley`s original recordings including Love Me Tender, Jailhouse Rock, Blue Suede Shoes, A Little Less Conversation, Hound Dog and many more foot-stomping, unforgettable hits. Private Presley follows the gigantic rise of one of Rock `n Roll`s greatest legends, portraying memorable and key moments from his jam-packed life.


Audiences can look forward to a kaleidoscope of timeless classics set to hip-swaying choreography that will leave you all shook up! Patrons can expect to leave the theatre with nostalgic memories and a smile on their face after having been thoroughly entertained by Bovim Ballet.


Says Bovim, "Sometimes I have to pinch myself to believe that we at Bovim Ballet will be celebrating our 7th Birthday just four months after Private Presley opens in Joburg. This validation makes me feel not only excited, but also immensely proud to announce that we will be returning to the Baxter Theatre straight after our Joburg Theatre run, so that we can re-stage the show for Cape Town audiences too! It's reassuring that there is the demand out there for our shows to travel, but it is particularly satisfying to stage them in Cape Town which after all, is our home. Since creating the show in 2013, I have been repeatedly asked by Capetonians when they can expect to have another chance to see the show........and I'm happy to tell you that the time has finally come!"


He continues “Those watching Private Presley can expect to be thoroughly entertained whether or not they have an interest in ballet/dance or even Elvis Presley for that matter. I firmly believe that in these difficult and challenging times that we all face, it is vital that we are able to go to the theatre for a night's entertainment and feel rejuvenated and uplifted by the experience."  


As with previous productions, Bovim Ballet continue their wonderful working relationships with some of South Africa's top fashion designers. This creates a further level of excitement for the audience, who get to experience yet another layer of creativity whilst watching the show. In Private Presley, Craig Port (guest judge on ‘America's Next Top Model’ with Tyra Banks and ‘Africa's Next Top Model’ with Oluchi) designed the men’s costumes, and KLûK CGDT (African Fashion Designers of the year 2011 & 2012) are responsible for the ladies’ costumes. Ian West (made famous by his creations for Miss SA contestants & Miss World presenters) made the speciality costumes.


Ulrich Binedell's intelligent and effective set design is complemented with moody lighting created by Faheem Bardien, all contributing towards a feast for the senses.

he enviable cast includes some of South Africa’s most sought-after dancers. Portraying the epic role of ‘Elvis’ is the super-talented Henk Opperman (‘Freddie Mercury’ in Queen at the Ballet and winner of Dans! Dans! Dans!), while the exquisite Kristin Wilson (A Spartacus of Africa, Amici) dances the role of ‘Priscilla’.

Elvis's best friend, Nick Adams, is danced by Devon Marshbank (Jim Hutton in Queen at the Ballet), while Tanya Futter (African Footprint), Simoné Botha (Miss Deaf SA 2012) and Faye Dubinski (Queen at the Ballet) respectively portray three of the most well known love interests in Elvis's life namely Ann-Margret Olsson, Natalie Wood and Juliet Prowse.

These strong leads are further enhanced by a stellar supporting cast including Sven-Eric Müller, Nicola van der Merwe, Michèle La Trobe, Alex Ishchenko, Buyile Narwele, Ché Milani, Tamryn van Houten, Manie Irving, Gill Upsher, JV Mattei, Franco Lamprecht, Lwanele Masiza, Xola Willie, Rachel Abrahams, Craig Arnolds, Jenna Röll and Dean Erasmus.


Bovim concludes, “Private Presley is a Rock & Roll Ballet that juggles full-speed, fun and energetic group dance numbers with intimate and heart-wrenching love duets. Not only did this Era bring out the most explosive dance styles of the 20th century, but also gave us Presley’s inspirational and intuitive ballads which pull at the heart strings of all who loved the enigmatic Elvis and his pioneering music.”


Reviews from the current Joburg Theatre season:

"Bovim does ballet with gregarious flair and butch athleticism" Artslink 

"Spellbinding show...bold and inventive...utterly beautiful...absolutely fabulous" Daily Maverick

"A masterpiece which cannot be missed" Springs Advertiser

"A groundbreaking new production" Rant and Rave Reviews

"I could've watched them for hours" Musings and Musicals 

Reviews from previous Cape Town seasons include:

"A treat fit for a King!" Cape Times

"The show is a Hit" City Press

☆☆☆☆☆ die Burger

"Visually Striking" Cape Argus

"We did not want the show to end!" Elvis Presley Fan Club


Private Presley runs at The Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch from 12 – 28 November. Performances are Thursdays – Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm. There is also one Saturday matinee on 28 November at 3pm.


Tickets range from R150 - R285 each and are available through Computicket or by calling them on 0861 915 8000. Pensioners qualify for a 10% discount.


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Private Presley has no age restriction although no under 3’s encouraged due to patron comfort.

The show runs for 2 hours and 10 minutes including a 20 minute interval.


Twitter Information:  #PrivatePresley   /  @seanbovim  /  @colabnetwork  /  @BaxterTheatre

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