(Impempe Yomlingo)

“Packing enough energy to power a couple of national grids, and enough decibels to lift several roofs…exhilarating, vibrant, exuberant entertainment.”
The Times

A delight for young and old alike, with its message of reconciliation, the production won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival on the 9th March 2008. The greatest piece of music theatre performed as you’ve never heard it: the South African way – thirty singers, marimbas, drums and township percussion.

Played in a township setting and encompassing the nation’s various languages, THE MAGIC FLUTE – IMPEMPE YOMLINGO tells the story of Prince Tamino’s quest to rescue Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night, from the Priest of the Sun.

Mark Dornford-May’s production is faithful to the story and score of Mozart’s opera but is totally re-imagined, bringing a fresh perspective to this heart-warming, comedic and ultimately redemptive tale of love, adventure and reconciliation. Additional words and music are by Mandisi Dyantyis, Mbali Kgosidintsi, Pauline Malefane and Nolufefe Mtshabe, with lighting by Mannie Manim and choreography by Lungelo Ngamlana.

“An explosion of joy from the townships of South Africa”
The Daily Telegraph