As the curtain rises and the spotlight illuminates the stage, we are reminded of the timeless magic that unfolds within the walls of a theatre. 

Now more than ever, the magic of live performance holds unparalleled significance.  In an era dominated by digital entertainment, the allure of theatre remains as potent as ever.  There’s something undeniably special about the shared experience of a live performance, where the energy of the audience and the talent of the performers converge in a moment of pure magic.  It’s this intimacy and connection that keep audiences coming back!

As we celebrate World Theatre Day, the iconic Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace serves as the perfect backdrop for a jam-packed season of entertainment for 2024.  We also reflect on the illustrious history of theatre and we pay tribute to the countless artists who have graced our stages with their talent and passion; each performance contributing to the legacy of this iconic venue, leaving behind memories that continue to inspire and resonate with audiences.

Renowned for its intimate ambiance and world-class productions, the venue has been a beacon of creativity and entertainment for audiences since 2000.  Theatre of Marcellus is proud to unveil its diverse and exhilarating lineup of upcoming shows.  From electrifying musical performances, children’s productions, comedy and more, this season promises to captivate and dazzle audiences of all ages and tastes.  Each production represents a testament to the talent, creativity and dedication of the artists and performers who bring their stories to life.

Among the highlights of the upcoming calendar are:

6th April – Dr Victor & the Rasta Rebels

13th April – Nomfundo Moh

19th April – Dinner For One

4th May – Comedy Fiesta (Henry Ramkissoon, Koobeshen Naidoo, Pravesh Mungaldave, Logie Naidoo, Muthu Murugan)

11th May – Mafikizolo

26th May – Kabhi Kabhi

1st June – Miss Grand Finale

9th June – Dynamic-4 (Indian Idols Season 14 Winner & Finalists)

14th – 15th June – Schalk Bezuidenhout

28th – 30th June – PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue”

July – JOKERS IN JULY series

6th July – Bash with Tash

7th July – Utlwa di Jokes (Summary, Mashabela Galane, Thapelo Mametja, Mduduzi Ntuli, Pelepele)

12th July – Rob van Vuuren: Namaste Bae

20th July – Stand Up Joburg (Annalakshmi, Sagie Murugan, Mo Vawda, Muthu Murugan, Doc Docrat)

26th July – People of Colour(ed) Comedy (Carvin Goldstone, Robby Collins, Dillan Oliphant, Shanray van Wyk, Dakes)

27th July – Khanyisa Bunu & Friends (Khanyisa Bunu, Nonto R, Vusi Oulik, Sifiso Nene, Isaac Gampu, Pelepele Mchunu)

4th August – Boys R Back (Willem Botha, Ruan Josh, Reynardt Hugo, Germandt Geldenhuys, Lee Scott)

10th August – The Soil

Tickets for all upcoming shows are available for purchase online via Ticketpro or at your nearest SPAR Payzone kiosk.  Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the excitement and magic of live theatre at one of Johannesburg’s premier venues.

The Theatre of Marcellus is managed and operated by leaders in entertainment, Blu Blood.  MD and CEO, Osman Osman and Shaaista Khan Osman share: “We are incredibly proud to continue bringing world-class entertainment into this landmark venue. Those in the industry felt the real and damaging impact of the pandemic on the entertainment sector and it has been music to our ears to be able to return the theatre to a widely used performance venue.  As we celebrate the magic of theatre, we must remain cognisant of the challenges facing theatres in South Africa with ever-changing consumer habits and economic difficulties, theatres need to adapt and innovate to stay relevant.”

The beautiful 1000-seated theatre continues to provide audiences with show-stopping entertainment across dance, musicals, comedy and theatre, as well as being available for corporate events and functions.  For more information on the theatre, please email

Whether you’re a seasoned theatre enthusiast or experiencing the magic for the first time, there’s a performance waiting to enchant you.

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