Press: Musical merriment – Canal Walk Shopping Centre to stage Robin Hood this winter school holiday

July 1, 2016

Cape Town, 17 June 2016 – Family fun and entertainment is set for the winter holidays (24 June – 16 July) at Canal Walk Shopping Centre with the much-anticipated annual theatre production. This year, the age-old tale of ‘giving and equality for all’ comes to life with the telling of Robin Hood, as Centre Court is transformed into Sherwood Forest and Nottingham Castle.


Produced by Fred Abrahamse & Marcel Meyer, Robin Hood is a musical feast that will warm the hearts of all, and leave everyone thinking about the good they can do in their own ‘hood’. A five metre talking tree, speaking falcon, Maid Marian and a host of other loveable and admirable characters, will help Robin on his quest to give to others, defeat the Sheriff of Nottingham and find love. 


Like our hero who is on a mission to make life better for others, Canal Walk Shopping Centre and the Hyprop Foundation have this year partnered with the LEAP Science & Maths schools.  All proceeds from the theatre programmes, as well as a percentage of the ticket sales from the staging of the performances will be donated to these no-fee schools.  This is also a chance for everyone to do their bit for community, as throughout the theatre run, CWSC is also asking patrons and theatre goers to bring a can of food to help them and the LEAP schools to feed the minds and bodies of those less fortunate. 


The tins gathered during this time – 17 000 (6 700 kilos) are required – will be constructed into a mosaic representing former President Nelson Mandela.  The mosaic will be built on Mandela Day 18th July at Canal Walk, and will be a visible reminder of what Madiba envisioned for South Africa.  It is a sight not to be missed and all are encouraged to get involved or view it, if only for 67 seconds. Once completed, the tins will be donated to the LEAP social development initiatives in Langa, Philippi, Gugulethu, Crossroads and Delft.


Vanessa Herbst, Marketing Manager at CWSC says: “Our mid-year theatre production is always a highlight on our calendar and this year in particular.  Historically, many Robin Hood plays have been performed as a means to raise funds to help worthy causes, as will be the case here too. We are delighted to be able to assist LEAP in their endeavours to positively impact the lives of 6 700 people in the communities they serve.”


To meet Robin, Marian, The Sherriff of Nottingham and the Merry Men, including the legendary Friar Tuck, book tickets at Computicket at a cost of R75 per person There will be three performances per day (11H00; 12H30 and 14H00) from Tuesday to Sunday.


For more info:

L–R: MICHAEL WALLACE [Little John], CANDICE VAN LITSENBORGH [Ellen A Dale], CARLO DANIELS [Alan-a-Dale], STEPHEN JUBBER [Robin Hood], JENNY STEAD [Maid Marian], SIA SIKAWUTI [Friar Tuck], JASON RALPH [The Sherriff of Nottingham], RICHARD WRIGHT-FIRTH [Oswald the Unready], SHAUN KLAASEN [Resticulous/Wise Old Oak]


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