Pippi Longstocking, Parktown, through Easter Holidays

She is back - the girl with the red plaits - who is mischievous, incredibly strong, full of fun, has a case full of gold and the most amazing adventures!

Owing to popular demand Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren’s classic children’s comic tale, is playing its second season at the National Children’s Theatre (NCT). This rambunctious musical adaptation is currently running and throughout the Easter school holidays.

Directed by Joyce Levinsohn, Pippi ingeniously captures both the sparkiness and the pathos of the little girl who lives alone with her monkey and her horse. Her role is not of a hero, but rather that of a magical helper or donor in a fairy tale, bringing colour and joy into ordinary children's lives. She is also the source of unlimited wealth, fulfilling the wildest dreams of any child.

The show is energetic, outrageous, good fun and the set is a unique jungle gym. The message is clear; whatever life throws at you, good or bad, you can triumph if you believe in yourself.

This is a theatrical adventure at its best - a perfect treat for the entire family.

Pippi Longstocking was part of local popular culture in the seventies. Its rejuvenation onstage opens up young theatregoers’ awareness to Sweden’s best-loved child character, which took international film, television and book industries by storm.

Pippi Longstocking will run at The National Children’s Theatre (NCT), 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, from 7 March 2011 during the Easter school holidays. During the government school term, performances are weekdays at 9.00am and 10.30am. During school holidays, performances are Mondays to Saturdays at 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Ticket prices: R80 (children) and R90 (adults). Block bookings and specials are available for schools, groups and birthday parties. For booking enquiries please phone Sue. Bookings can be made through the theatre on 011 484 1584, and through Computicket on 083 915 8000. Booking is essential. There is ample free safe parking available within the grounds of the complex.

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