CRUISE is heading to South Africa

Cruise at Theatre Linden

CRUISE is heading to South Africa
– The first staging outside of the United Kingdom!

The Olivier Award nominated play, Cruise, written and performed by Jack Holden, is heading to South Africa – the first staging outside of the United Kingdom – for six shows only at Theatre Linden in Johannesburg from Tuesday 6th – Sunday 11th December 2022.

Presented by HIV@40 and starring Daniel Geddes, Cruise is “an emotional roller-coaster without ever once losing its hold on your attention” – Evening Standard. Cruise is the true story of what should have been Michael Spencer’s last night on earth.When diagnosed with HIV in 1984, Michael is told he will have four years left to live. So, with the clock ticking, he and his partner Dave decide to sell their house, flog the car and spend everything and party like it is the last days of the world.

This play is an emotional rollercoaster at times and at others, an hilarious ode to gay culture in the 80’s and how AIDS changed the community forever. Its staging in South Africa is very appropriate, as 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the arrival of the HIV /AIDS pandemic on the African continent.

Cruise opened in the West End of London in the thick of the Covid-19 Pandemic and was the first play to surface out of the pandemic. It ran for a month at The Duchess Theatre and due to popular demand and rave reviews, transferred to the Apollo Theatre in the West End, closing in September 2022.

This South African production of Cruise is directed by Josh Lindberg, with original music by Roelof Colyn, set design by Wilhelm Disbergen, lighting by Jane Gosnell and produced by Colin Law with funding grants from the NAC , Department of Sports, Arts and Culture , PESP and AfroAsia Philanthropy (Thailand).

Cruise stars the inimitable Daniel Geddes in the re-staging of the Jack Holden original work.

Director Josh Lindberg states; “I was immediately attracted to Cruise as a powerful story of acceptance of otherness. This play sits perfectly relevant here in South Africa, within our current time. Now more than ever (somewhat sadly) our world still has so much further to travel in terms of acceptance of all. To ‘live every day like it is your last, in the present -This story can be related to individual stories and can find home with each of us.”

Lindberg continues; “With this come a wonderful opportunity to create a piece with a beautifully talented and strong team -for me, as we all collaborate together, starting with a directorial vision, but built, added to and nurtured by all, the sharing and offer of that to our audience is very special. I always start with, ‘how can we move an audience’ – I feel this piece carries the potential to do that.”

Daniel Geddes adds; “I’m super excited and honoured to be sinking my teeth into this incredible role. This Olivier nominated play is so important, and I can’t wait for South African audiences to see Jack’s amazing work for the first time this December.”

Jack Holden is delighted that the South African premiere of CRUISE is the first international production of his play.
Cruise runs at Theatre Linden, Johannesburg from Tuesday 6th December – Sunday 11th December for 6 shows only.

Joyful, painful and wholeheartedly life-grabbing, Cruise is an ode to the gay men who lived, loved and were lost during the Aids crisis.
The Guardian, UK

Simply Electric… Immense and influential.
Broadway World



Jack trained as an actor at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He then went straight on to play the lead role of Albert in the National Theatre’s internationally award-winning production of WAR HORSE. Since then, Jack has worked at theatres across the country including Leicester Curve, Theatre Royal Bath, Bristol Old Vic, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Nottingham Playhouse, The Yard, the Almeida and in the West End. Jack can currently be seen as perky assistant Kevin in Amazon Prime Video’s TEN PERCENT. This Autumn he will star alongside Sean Bean and Nicola Walker in Stefan Golazsewski’s MARRIAGE for BBC One. Jack has also appeared in British independent films THE LEVELLING and JOURNEY’S END, and in various shows for BBC, ITV and Channel 4. He is currently starring in SONS OF THE PROPHET at the Hampstead Theatre.

Jack took part in the Royal Court Young Writers Programme in 2013. He is currently developing several new shows, including THE ISLE, a musical play for Aria Entertainment. For screen, Jack is under commission to Emanata Studios and is also co-lead writer on a new drama series commissioned by Fremantle.

The Actor- Daniel Geddes
Daniel Geddes is an actor, director, musician, and composer. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Performing and Visual Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand. His acting stage-credits include Naked Knitting and Other Contradictory Acts (2015), Sylvaine Strike’s Devil’s Wood (2016),and  National Children’s Theatre’s Chronicles of Narnia, A Seussified Christmas Carol, and Underneath a Magical Moon. He earned a Naledi nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his performance of Nicky/Trekkie Monster in VR Teatrical’s Avenue Q (2018) and went on to play Stark the Raven in Janice Honeyman’s Pantomime, Snow White (2018). His most recent stage credits include playing Richard Rodgers in My Favourite Things, and Elton in Elton: The Experience. In film and TV he has appeared in the mini-series Madiba (2017), Vergeet my Nie (2020), and Binnelanders (2022).


The Director- Josh Lindberg
Josh is a Creative Director and Executive Producer with an extensive, 27+ years of both locally, across Africa and internationally. His productions include, the award winning “Birdy” (Best Director, Best Set Design and Best Production) , “Porno Shoppe”, “House of Horrors” (a walk through, immersive theatre production) “SAFTAs”, “SA Sports Awards”, “Metro FM”, “Airtel Africa”, “Nike Run Jozi”, “Richard Branson”, “Big Brother” and others here in South Africa. In Europe, “Neuland Mysterium” and “This Changes Everything”-both large-scale, immersive multi-media shows. Recently he was the Creative Director and Show Runner of the brand-new live show and TV series, “Battle of the Year Africa”. Josh specialises in conceptualising and implementing live, theatrical, interactive, multi-media and immersive experiences -inspired by the potential to move an audience -creating in more dimensions.

Original Music – Roelof Colyn
Roelof Colyn started his professional theatre career in Colin Law’s RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET as the Navigational officer, and after dabbling in being rehearsal pianist and all-round piano player, he went on to work as conductor/arranger/band leader/ rehearsal pianist orchestrator/keyboardist/musical director on shows such CATS, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, FIELA’S CHILD, DIS HOE DIT WAS, HAIRSPRAY, SPAMALOT, MERCURY RISING AND SCRIBBLE, to name a few. He has also worked on QUITE A FEW JANICE HONEYMAN pantomimes and was nominated for a Naledi for his work on PETER PAN.For 17 years and 1000 performances he was the other half of A HANDFUL OF KEYS (Naledi and Fleur de Cap nominated) and have acted and played in many Afrikaans shows like VIEW OP DIE HIGHWAY by Alexa Strachan. He presented a programme on youth and classical music in OVERTURE and was the arranger and band leader for the programme ZING! seasons 1 and 2. These days Roelof fills his spare time playing on cruise liners and seeing the world, but is always much happier where he is now – working on an incredible theatre production such as CRUISE


Set Design – Wilhelm Disbergen 

Wilhelm Disbergen is a prolific theatre designer. After graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand, he moved to London, where he worked in major design studios and at The National Theatre. A highlight of his stay in London was to be the associate designer for  Metropolis Kabarett (directed by Henry Goodman) at The National Theatre.


He regularly works in all major theatres in South Africa and is a multiple winner at the annual Naledi Theatre Awards. In 2018, he added a Fleur du Cap award for lighting design.


For theatre, at the State Theatre, his collaboration with artistic director Aubrey Sekhabi started with Silent Voice, subsequently seen on a national tour, at the World Festival of Black Arts, inDakar, Senegal, and the Edinburgh Festival. This was followed by Sekhabi’s three seminalfreedom plays – Mantolo: The Tenth Step, Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu, and The Rivonia Trial. Subsequently he designed Sekhabi’s Hungry (a co-production with theSchauSpielHaus Hamburg), the epoch making Marikana – The Musical, and Freedom: The Musical


For dance, he has lit full seasons for Cape Town City Ballet, and production designed for Joburg Ballet, Moving Into Dance, Tshwane Dance Theatre, and Tribhangi Dance Theatre. Highlights include three full-length works for celebrated French choreographer Redha Benteifour – Redha’s Giselle, CrashDance, and Whispers of my Soul, and his collaborations with Jessica Nupen. He lit her Rebellion & Johannesburg at the Festival Oriente Occidente in Rovereto, Italy, and production designed her Don’t Trust the Border, The Nose (a film/live performance hybrid), and GEMeinsam, all for Kampnagel, Hamburg.

For opera, he designed Cosi fan tutte, Cula Mzansi (three new South African operas), Don Giovanni, and L’elisir d’amore

At the National Arts Festival, he designed new works for three Standard Bank Young Artists – Moffie for Bailey Snyman, Sabela for Sonya Radebe, and Purgatory for Kristi-Leigh Grese. At the 2018 festival, he designed Black Privilege for featured artist Mamela Nyamza. He teamed up again with Snyman for Gas Lands, and with Nyamza for Pest Control and Grounded


Lighting Design – Jane Gosnell

Jane’s diverse career in the entertainment business has spanned 50 years. 

International lighting design highlights include Drumstruck in Japan, Korea and Australia – with Drumcafe. Children’s Letters to God and Mercury Rising in Singapore, Johnny Clegg in the Namibian Canyons and Patrick Mynhardt’s Oom Schalk Lourens in London with “Ticket to the Moon”

Lighting designer in South Africa for international artists including  Bonnie Tyler, Alison Moyet and Jennifer Rush. Recent highlights include Music of the Night. All with Ticket to the Moon”

Jane has been the lighting designer for National Children’s Theatre for the past 17 years.

Cruise runs at Theatre Linden, Johannesburg from Tuesday 6th December – Sunday 11th December for 6 shows only.

Performances from Tuesday – Saturday at 19h30, Sunday at 14h30.

Tickets are R200 and bookings are via Quicket. There is a 10% discount available for Pensioners and Students.

The production runs for 90 minutes with no interval. No under 16s. 

Win 1 of 3 double tickets to see Cruise (Worth R400)!

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Prize Details:
Wednesday, 7th December 2022 at Theatre Linden.
Arrival time is from 19h00 with the play beginning at 19h30.
Venue Address: Theatre Linden, 44 5th Street, Linden. There is parking available at the venue.

Entries close on Sunday, 27 November 2022 at 2PM.
The winner will be selected by an online random generator.
Winners will be announced by Monday, 28 November 2022 by 5PM.
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