The small town of Prince Albert is buzzing these days with the recent opening of a brand new world-class theatre in Church Street, The Showroom, which is offering a feast of entertainment for the holiday season.
Upcoming events include De Rust classical pianist Neels Coetzee performing a piano recital on 8th December, The Bacchus Nel band performing part of their end-of-year tour on 13th December, Anna Davel performing her blend of cabaret and jazz on 14th December, and Gys De Villiers' one man show 'Wit Manne met Wapens' on 20th and 21st December. The final performance for the year will be Cape Town based band, Manouche, who will wow the audience with their unique Gypsy Jazz.
The glamorous upmarket 140-seat theatre with its curved bar in the entrance lobby and art deco exterior was designed by co-owner Johnny Breedt in collaboration with Prince Albert architect John Whitton and 3D graphic designer Graeme Cowie. It was created in six months, using both local labour and contractors from as far afield as Johannesburg and Cape Town, but at least half of the total budget of 10 million Rand was injected into the local economy.
As a multi-purpose venue, The Showroom will host musical performances, seminars, festivals, movie screenings, art exhibitions and theatrical drama. Co-owner Charon Landmann says that an episode of the new Kokkedoor television series for Kyknet was recently filmed here - not surprising, given the stunning custom-made Swarovski crystal chandeliers, plush red carpeting, raked seating, and highest quality state-of-the-art lighting, acoustics and sound equipment.
Johnny plans to offer film courses and the first Prince Albert Film Festival is already in the pipeline for 2014. So make a note in your diary, load up the car, and head off to Prince Albert - the place where it's all happening!