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Beautiful and a little beastly at the People’s Theatre!


This festive season a little holiday magic will dazzle on stage, pantomime style, with the The People’s Theatre production of Beauty and the Beast, running from 7 November to 24 December.

Following the successes of Alice in Wonderland and Fun, Magic and Tales from Africa, directors Jill Girard and Keith Smith have now brought this all-time favourite fairytale to life. With a cast of delightful actors starring Gavin Gomes (Beast) and Alexandra Snyman (Belle) as well as a spectacular set, innovative, funky musical treatments and new songs that will make a traditional favourite delightfully contemporary, this is Beauty and the Beast in wonderful style!

The play tells the story of Beauty’s father, who picks a rose from the Beast’s garden and gets caught. To save himself, he makes a promise to send his daughter to the Beast when she is older.

He does so unwillingly but in the end, Beauty and the Beast fall in love…

To add humour and great antics, traditional pantomime-style spoilt-rotten ugly sisters Cynthia and Prudence played by Nomsa Makhubu and Mary-Anne Wright , a wicked fairy (Davina, played by Lebogang Mphahlele) and a good fairy Koisanni ( played by Noni Mkonto ) and an apprentice Fairy Dewdrop, played on alternate days by Jaydene Marais, Skye Proctor and Miguel Da Silva will keep the action going with compelling variety. A dictatorial housekeeper (Mrs Bollocks, also played by Lebogang) have been added to the script to keep audiences in stitches.

Sir Sid (Noni Mkhonto) and Sir Thomas Twit (Gavin Gomes) are the bumbling suitors who try impressing King Ben (Gomes), while his younger daughter Belle (Alexandra Snyman) treats a rather ineffectual father, Mr Brown (Adam Pelkowitz) with great affection.

A delightful, colourful set by Grant Knottenbelt and beautiful costumes by Linda Wilson make Beauty and the Beast a guaranteed winner for children, teachers, mother and fathers! It is indeed, perfect family entertainment.


Tickets are available from the People’s Theatre with special rates for Kids’ Club Members and school groups. 
Children can join the Kids’ Club for R80 a year and gain free entrance to a show closest to the member’s birthday.
Kids’ Club members: R60
Members of the public accompanying a Kid’s Club member: R80
Normal Ticket price: R90

School ticket prices:

Learners: R50
Teachers: R50
Accompanying adults: R70
For every 70 children, one educator gains free entry.
For more information please phone 011-403-1563 or e-mail

About the cast

Lebogang Mphahlele

26-year-Lebogang studied at Stageworld Theatre School & AFDA, obtaining a certificate in Speech & Drama and a Bachelors Degree in Live Performance. Since then she has appeared in various shows namely, Charlotte’s Web, The Sheep and Avery and The Secret Garden. She has appeared in two television series: SABC2’s Noah’s Ark and Kyknet’s Kruispad. She has performed educational theatre dealing mostly HIV/Aids and at various corporate events. Previous People’s Theatre productions have seen her playing Eeyore in Winnie the Pooh, Big Ears in More Adventures of Noddy, Gepetto and the Judge in Pinocchio, and she also performed in African Tales. She will now be playing Mrs. Bollocks and Davina in Beauty and the Beast.

Adam Pelkowitz

Adam Pelkowitz matriculated from King David Victory Park in 2005 with distinction in Drama. He had vocal training with Eugenie Chopin and attained a BA Dramatic Arts (Hons.) from WITS, majoring in Drama and Television Production. He was cast in both the WITS and the Joburg Theatre production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Adam has performed in many musical productions at WITS, namely: iNJE; Lost in the Star’s; Callback; and Standby, he was awarded the Johannesburg Operatic and Dramatic Society (JODS) prize for the most distinguished contribution on stage in a JODS musical. Adam performed in Seussical Jr. in 2010 and at Emperor’s Palace. Adam made his professional debut in Deon Opperman’s Jock of the Bushveld, and Adam performed in Pippi Longstockin’g at the Jo’burg Theatre and is now really excited to be involved with Beauty and the Beast at the People’s Theatre.

Noni Mkhonto

In 2007 Noni played Alice in the People’s Theatre Production of Alice in Wonderland. In 2008 she was cast in the Story Book Theatre’s production of Little Red Riding Hood. She has also played Jasmine in Aladdin, Jade in The Little Mermaid, various roles in Sleeping Beauty and other fabulous Tales, Bumpy Dog and The Great Tootle in More Adventures of Noddy, and many parts in African Tales. She is delighted to be working in another Peoples Theatre production, playing Koisani and Sir Sid in Beauty and the Beast.

Gavin Gomes

Gavin says his journey “started out with someone telling me that I would be good as a comedian or an actor. I tried it out and fell in love!” He studied acting for screen at AFDA and is currently chasing a career in film. With theatre being one of his first loves, however, he says he will always be on the lookout for fun and challenging work in the theatre world.  In 2010 he was cast in What the Butler Saw at the Masque Theatre in Cape Town. This is his second production for the People’s Theatre and he will be playing Ben, Beast and Sir Twit.