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11 - 28 July 2024

The team behind last year’s much acclaimed production of Khongolose Khommanding Khommissars (KKK) return to The Market Theatre, this time with Poet-O-Type. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the play, the award-winning “Theatre Duo” - Billy Langa & Mahlatsi Mokgonyana - and playwright J. Bobs Tshabalala, collaborate on this new staging.Poet-O-Type follows the journey of a talented student of poetry as he contends with the varied and at times contradictory lessons of his mentor.

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18 - 21 July 2024

Kwa’ Mnyamandawo follows a junior investigative journalist delving into the housing crisis in Hillbrow's abandoned buildings. Her research leads her to Kwa’ Mnyamandawo, a building plagued by police raids and corruption. With the help of a local tour guide, she uncovers a dark web of illegal trades and faces a pivotal choice: expose the truth or uplift the lives of the residents. This gripping drama sheds light on societal issues and moral dilemmas.

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NYO Jazz

Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra

26 - 28 July 2024

Sean Jones - Artistic Director, Trumpet, and Bandleader
with special guest Alicia Olatuja - Vocals

For the very first time in Africa, hear the brand-new lineup of NYO Jazz, composed of outstanding young musicians ages 16–19 from across the USA. Described as “astonishing—not just technically, but stylistically” (The Telegraph), NYO Jazz showcases the legacy and bright future of jazz as a living and limitless art form.

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07 - 25 August 2024

This brand new play by Qondiswa James is a journey into the complexity of present-day relationships. ‘Amaxelegu’ follows the short-lived relationship of a non-monogamous young couple and the woman on the peripheries who cleans up after them.

It is set in the bedrooms of the characters in a non-descript city in South Africa. They navigate the transactions of class and gender as they move between various private and domestic contexts. This edgy and beautifully observed story has emerged from the Market Theatre’s Play Development Programme under the mentorship of Artistic Director Greg Homann.

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15 August - 01 September 2024

The Market Theatre will be presenting The Ugly Noo Noo by Andrew Buckland from August 15th to Sept 1st 2024. The extraordinary performance and text was first presented 36 years ago in 1988 at the Market Theatre. The play retains its special relevance to the world and provides an opportunity to witness the unique skills and stage presence of this elder of SA Theatre.

In 1988 Andrew Buckland wrote and played in a one man show under the direction of his wife Janet which changed the face of South African theatre. The show was called The Ugly Noo Noo and it was immediately acclaimed as a masterpiece of comic physical performance and an exceptional piece of political theatre.

Upcoming Shows


Beyond The Story 
The Visitors
Hey Hillbrow! Let’s Dlala! 
Hey Hillbrow! Let’s Dlala! 
Hey Hillbrow Parade! Let’s Dlala! 
Diaparo Tsamama
Ditshomo School Outreach Programme.
Beyond The Story Takeover Version with Noxolo Dlamini hosted by Ryan Lloyd

Other Spaces

the Windybrow Art centre

The Market Photo Workshop

The Market Theatre Laboratory

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