Queen of Flanders heads to Johannesburg – Madame Zingara is in the City of Gold for the festive season!

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Queen of Flanders heads to Johannesburg – Madame Zingara is in the City of Gold for the festive season!

The Queen of Flanders, Madame Zingara’s opulent new spiegelpaleis, will be at Montecasino in Johannesburg from next month, in time for the festive season! After a sell out three month season in Cape Town, the Queen bids a royal farewell to the Mother City and heads to the City of Gold for two months from 4 November 2015 until the end of January 2016.

Madame Zingara’s sensational new production, The Celebration, that has been wowing critics and audiences nightly in the Mother City, opens at Montecasino in Johannesburg on 4 November 2015.

The Celebration is an invigorating sensory experience showcased in the world’s largest mirrored palace, the spiegeltent known as The Queen of Flanders. After fourteen months of pre-production, the electrifying show is dinner cirque entertainment at its finest, with the Theatre of Dreams pulling out all the stops in celebration and commemoration of 15 years of unique Madame Zingara magic. Richard Griffin, the founder of Madame Zingara and the creative genius behind the iconic brand, directs the production, assisted by Marc Colli.

The Celebration showcases performers from 11 countries and SA, including former Cirque du Soleil aerial pole artist Saulo Sarmiento from Spain, the Diabolo Girls from China, the Quick Star duo from South Africa and Argentina, a Ukrainian hand balance and contortion trio, a teeter board act from Montreal, the tiniest showgirl Miss Lola La Plume, and so much more. Aviation goddess Cathy Specific struts her stuff as the glamorous MC and even the waiters contribute to the delectable madness as they dart between tables in an array of quirky costumes serving the delicious four-course dinner that has been created by top Madame Zingara chefs Emile Goliath, Heinrich Koen and Linda Beuken.

Advanced digital sound and intelligent lighting have been added to the theatrics, taking the production to incredible new heights. Gearhouse Group, South Africa’s leading technical supplier, has partnered with Madame Zingara for the season and have further enhanced the production that has been holding audiences spellbound.

The Queen of Flanders is a three story high 650-seater hand crafted mirrored palace, boasting upper level balconies, opulent interiors, and dripping with decadence. Built in Belgium by the acclaimed tent master Rik Klessens and Family, it is the biggest of its kind in the world. Think 3200 mirrors, 6 tons of aluminium, 5.2 km of steel rods, 30 tons of galvanised steel, 70 000 floor screws, 1800m of velvet and 1200m of gold tassle, and you have an indication of the vast scale of the 12m high plush venue.

Exquisite lighting design is by Mannie Manim, choreography by Sam Kotze and Craig Leo, who is also responsible for the stage design. Vocal arrangement is by Glenn Swart, and the senior wardrobe designer is Nikki Smuts assisted by Widaad Albertus.

The Celebration runs from Tuesdays to Sundays at 20h15 at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg from 4 November to 30 January 2016. Arrival time is 18h00 with guests to be seated by 19h30 for the start of the show. Tickets range from R450 to R950 per person and includes welcome drinks and canapés on arrival and the four course dinner. Exclusive corporate and Christmas lunch and dinner packages are available. Matinee performances cost from R450 – R750. Please see www.madamezingara.com for more details. All booking and enquiries are via 0861 623 263 or boxoffice@madamezingara.com Please note the age restriction: 16+

“Welcome to the mystical world of Madame Zingara. A world where dreams become reality and everything is possible. A place where people are the magic, and flights of fantasy happen in real time… where memories created and friends found linger on like the stars light up in the nights.

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