A Christmas Carol – The Story of Scrooge

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol – The Story of Scrooge


December 6, 2019 to December 8, 2019

Opera Theatre




A sumptuous ballet, A Christmas Carol: The Story of Scrooge, presented by The Playhouse Company in partnership with the Cape Town City Ballet, is to have two performances at Durban’s Playhouse Opera theatre over the festive season.

The ballet is among highlights of the Durban arts body’s jam-packed Christmas season programme which includes a jazz concert, a comedy show, a new musical-comedy penned by Clinton Marius, a wildlife-themed Gcina Mhlophe production for the young, and a lavish Christmas-themed concert with the KZN Philharmonic and guest artists.

Inspired by the famous Charles Dickens novella, first published in London in 1843, A Christmas Carol: The Story of Scrooge will be performed in the Playhouse Opera theatre at 7.30pm on Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7; and 3pm on Sunday, December 8.

Perfect fare for the whole family this holiday season, this fun and enchanting dance delight has been created by South African dance doyenne Veronica Paeper and will feature lighting design by Wilhelm Disbergen.

The production, featuring 40 dancers, tells the story of the elderly, mean and misery Ebenezer Scrooge, who gets opportunities to reassess the error of his ways and become a kinder and more gentle man after he is visited by ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future one cold Christmas Eve.

The Cape Town City Ballet is the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest ballet company and also one of the oldest in the world, It is globally renowned for the diversity of works in its repertoire and its dancers are noted for their inimitable energy and style – characteristics that stamp the company as uniquely South African.

Many of South Africa’s most celebrated choreographers were given opportunities early in their careers to create works on the Cape Town City Ballet and its forerunners. These include Veronica Paeper, Christopher Kindo, and Sean Bovim, who still create extensively both here and abroad, and more recently Lindy Raizenberg,

A Christmas Carol: The Story of Scrooge is one of more than 40 ballets, among them 16 full-length works, that have been choreographed by Paeper, who was born in Port Shepstone and began choreographing in 1972.

She received her ballet training under the tutelage of Dulcie Howes at the UCT Ballet School, where she also studied with David Poole, Pamela Chrimes and Frank Staff. Staff, whom she married in 1966, and from whom she drew and continues to draw great inspiration, was to have a profound influence on her work as a choreographer.

During her performing career, Paeper rose to become a principal dancer with three South African companies: Capab Ballet, Pact Ballet and Pacofs Ballet.

Paeper’s first work, created for Capab Ballet in the early 1970s, was John the Baptist, a dramatic one-act ballet set to music by Ernest Bloch. It featured scenery and costumes designed by Peter Cazalet, an innovative, witty artist who would remain Paeper’s most frequent artistic collaborator for the next 25 years.

Tickets for A Christmas Carol: The Story of Scrooge cost R150, R180 and R220. They can be bought at the Playhouse box-office – phone (031) 3699 596/40 – or online and at Pick N pay outlets via WebTickets (the customer support line is 086 111 0005).