Beatlemania fever set to take Cape Town by storm at Artscape Theatre @BeatlemaniaTour @ArtscapeTheatre

Beatlemania On Tour @Artscape Theatre, 31 October – 11 November 2018

Presented by Showtime Australia

Cape Town: Are you ready to be entertained with some of the biggest and most nostalgic rock ‘n roll memories of the modern era? Bringing to life on stage the major musical hits that made The Beatles one of the most successful and influential rock groups of all time, international hit tribute and stage show Beatlemania On Tour is set to take over The Mother City later this year for a stint at the Artscape Theatre.

Starting on Wednesday 31 October for a two-week run, Beatlemania On Tour brings a full cast of three Australian singers and one Scottish vocalist for the shows’ first performing run in Cape Town. The successful international stage show runs at the Artscape Opera House at the Artscape Theatre until Sunday 11 November 2018.

Beatlemania On Tour, which made its South African début in 2010, enjoyed a successful run at Emperors Palace Casino in Johannesburg at the start of 2018, as well as a recent stint at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment World in Durban – in April this year.

Cape Town audiences too can expect a fresh musical experience with state-of-the-art updates to the show’s production and lighting. Revamps to the show’s huge repertoire of replica Beatles costuming have also been made.

If it’s pure nostalgia you’re looking for, then you won’t be disappointed. All of the Beatles’ biggest and most treasured hits from the 1960’s rock era will be performed live on stage – in their original key and on replica Beatles instruments – with unseen attention to detail creating the sincerest Beatles sound around.

The cast includes the talented singers Joe Kane (as Paul McCartney), Zac Coombs (as John Lennon), Brent McMullen (as George Harrison) and Ben Harper (as Ringo).

Audiences can expect to see classic Beatles hits such as Can’t Buy Me Love, All My Loving, Please Please Me, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, She Loves You, Day Tripper, Nowhere Man, Help, Yellow Submarine, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Hey Jude performed throughout the two-hour spectacular.

The handsome foursome have gone the extra mile to make the show true to life and The Mother City fans of The Beatles are in for a treat, says lead singer, Joe Kane.

We have never been to Cape Town with the show before so we are all looking forward to experiencing Cape Town and its audiences. Fans can expect to see ten years of musical history from the finest pop band of all time condensed into two hours of high-octane, rock & roll fun.

With previous sold-out shows across the US, Canada, Dubai, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand under its belt, the production is looking to uphold its reputation as one of the world’s best Beatles tributes, and the show’s producers are confident it will do just that.

Tickets for the Cape Town leg of the SA tour can be purchased via Computicket at either www.computicket.com or via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide, and are priced at R190 – R390 each.

For more details about the show, visit: beatlemaniaontour.com


“You guys just have the show nailed and I can tell you, I know this stuff. Every barre chord, every sus chord, every diminished chord, and every nuance you have pored over and practiced and it’s quite a joy to behold.” – Dean Agar, Australia

“I WAS IMPRESSED – VERY WELL DONE – music and sound were awesome – and your take on them was downright amazing.” – Sue Scott, Canada

Scottish-born Joe Kane has been portraying Paul McCartney professionally for almost ten years. At the age of 12, Joe, discovered The Beatles after accidentally watching the movie Help on television. It inspired him to get a guitar, write songs, start a band and “avoid reality completely”.

As a massive Beatles fan, Joe first joined performed as Paul McCartney with his band, The Beatles, in 2013. Along with the band, Joe went on to tour the show in SA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Far East.
Joe says he has watched and listened (for pleasure as well as study) to The Beatles for over 25 years so he knows how to channel the aspects he wants to get across in a show. He refers to it as “a bit like basic method acting rather than impersonation”. Joe does not consider himself a great mimic but that he can reprogram his head a bit to “not be himself’” any more.

This trip to Cape Town will be Joe’s first, but his fourth time in SA, having previously performed at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg, Innibos Festival in Nelspruit previously, as well as in Durban earlier this year.

So does he feel any pressure portraying the role of Paul McCartney? “I don’t feel any pressure performing Beatles music as its part of my heritage and culture. The only anxiety I feel is to get it right and improve aspects of the performance and that’s ongoing. It can always be better and if I can bring a bit of my knowledge to a show and suggest things here and there it’s only ever to make it truer to the source material and that’s surely the aim of any tribute show? The Beatles are on another planet. I’ve been orbiting that planet for most of my life now and I’m not coming down.”

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