EXCITING NEW THEATRE VENUE WITH KIM CLOETE AND LOUKMAAN ADAMS
The Garden Court Theatre at the Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard hotel in Walmer Estate, previously known as the City Lights Theatre, will officially open on Friday 13th February 2015. The exciting production of “Vocal Mania” will kick start the re-opening.
Celebrity couple Kim Cloete and Loukmaan Adams fell in love with the theatre – both their first love… and have taken on a yearlong lease on this 50 year old historical gem.
The talented pair will be producing many shows during the course of the next few months and will also see them collaborate on stage for the very first time. They will also be bringing back the highly successful production of “My Wonderyears”, The Loukmaan Adams story, written and directed by the pair.
This intimate 160 seater theatre is drenched in history and situated in one of the oldest and multi cultural suburbs in Cape Town. It will once again reclaim its place
As a space dedicated for uncensored and experimental pieces notwithstanding great entertainment value.
Some facts about the theatre:
Originally The City Lights Theatre – From a farmhouse to a House of Mercy – it was founded and funded by Bishop Giray and Archdeacon Lightfoot. Over many years the home served as a sanctuary for orphans, young mothers and their children.
The time came when change was inevitable, the home was sold to the world of hospitality and so the hotel in Woodstock and the “theatre” were born. The late Mike Pettit-GM of the hotel in the 90’s along with his corporate team wanted to offer their clients more …. So the night club was born. Mr Pettit and his wife were expecting their second child, a girl, and what better way to honour his daughter’s birth by naming the Night Club after her – “Samantha’s”.
“Samantha’s” night club evolved into the “City Lights Theatre” and many legends passed through her doors including: Taliep Petersen, David Kramer, The Old Crooners, PJ Powers, Vinette Ebrahim and the theatres famous drag queens: Miss. Shirley Bassey, Zaza Gabor. The Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard hotel staff were tasked to run their own in house shows in the theatre, one being “The Dream Girls” in 1994. The amazing story about this production was that all 6 girls who danced on that stage were all expecting their first child and neither of them knew they were mothers-in-waiting…….. This could only be a great blessing for the theatre!
Kim Cloete – Stage, TV and film actress, TV and radio presenter, producer, writer, director, entrepreneur…..
Loukmaan Adams – started his musical career at a very young age and celebrated his 30th anniversary in the industry, last year. He has received various awards during his illustrious career including a Laurence Olivier Award in London. He hashad the privilege of performing for our late great father, Nelson Mandela, performed with Stevie Wonder and recently performed at Carnegie Hall, New York City, represented South Africa as part of the David Kramer band.
“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” ~ Anthony Robbins
“Work is Love made visible” ~ Khalil Gibran
These quotes encompass what Kim and Loukmaan are and do every day.
“Under the banner of Dreamerschild Productions we plan to facilitate school programmes targeting under privileged areas and creating scheduled weekend workshops spanning over a 3 month period, which will include Dance, Drama and Acting classes by industry professionals, culminating in an end production for stage. Much to the likes of the old “Music Active”. 1% of all Dreamerschild revenue will fund this CSI initiative” says Kim and Loukmaan.\
Vocal Mania features: Loukmaan Adams, Terry Fortune, Carlo Daniels, Monier Monox Adams, Robin Pieters, Waseef Piekaan and Jack Nkosekhaya Mgoqi
Shows starts at 8pm