South African audiences have a last chance this week to see the magical African inspired adaptation of the classic French fable, “The Little Prince”, at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre. The Kwasha Theatre Company’s exciting production of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s timeless story, uses an innovative and playful fusion of art forms such as storytelling, music and circus in several indigenous languages. This French masterpiece is celebrating its 75 anniversary this year. Over the years it has been translated in about 300 languages, including Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu, making it the most translated book, outside of religious works. Meanwhile the acclaimed South African mini- musical version of the timeless novel is also nearing its run at Montecasino in Fourways. Theatre makers Jaco van Rensburg, Wessel Odendaal and Elizma Badenhorst’s adaptation of the beloved tale makes use of the wonderment of shadow and Japanese Bunraku puppetry that shares the stage with traditional actors. It tells of a little prince’s adventures when he leaves his tiny planet and travels the universe on an adventurous voyage.
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