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South Africa’s favourite Aunty Merle’ – Marc Lottering’s beloved alter ego is coming to Joburg

South African Comedian, Marc Lottering’s beloved Aunty Merle’ heads to Joburg

Marc Lottering Aunty Merle' Johannesburg

South African Comedian Marc Lottering is well-known for his alter ego Aunty Merle’. This year, Marc is bringing his beloved Aunty Merle’ to the Johannesburg stage!!

Everyone has an Aunty Merle in their life!Above all, having drawn inspiration from his own mother for this character over 20 years ago. Marc Lottering brings to life his most beloved alter ego, Aunty Merle Abrahams.  Hailing from Belgravia Road in Athlone, Aunty Merle sashays onto the stage at the Mandela at Joburg Theatre from 1 February to 3 March 2019 for a limited season run.

Above all, Aunty Merle’ is a warm hearted South African woman who ‘gently’ loves to share opinions, over a slice of home baked lemon meringue. Someone who likes to know what’s happening in the lives of others Someone who always looks impeccable and takes great pride in her free-standing home. The type of woman who will casually drop into another conversation that her children have degrees. Her heart is warm and giving, but she will  probably sort you out good and solid.

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Marc Lottering shares his thoughts on his beloved character:

Aunty Merle is very close to my heart, as the character is drawn from charismatic women whom I was surrounded by while growing up on the Cape Flats,”

Furthermore, high drama unfolds as Merle’s daughter, Abigail, announces her engagement to her boyfriend, Alan.  As Merle puts it: “He’s a good looking white chap!”  But it’s almost never smooth-sailing in the world of musicals when Abigail’s twisted and corrupt ex, Denver Paulse is determined to get her back. He also threatens to reveal a very dark secret which is bound to tear the lovers apart.

This show brings people together by merging music and comedy with South African flavour.  The audience will leave feeling love and warmth, with a craving for lemon meringue.”

Written by Marc Lottering and directed by Lara Foot. The musical comedy boasts a talented South African cast including Tracey-Lee Oliver as Abigail, Paul du Toit as Alan, Tankiso Mamabolo as Lydia and Loukmaan Adams as Denver Paulse. With the rest of the stellar cast including Royston Stoffels, Gina Shmukler, Adrian Galley, Carmen Maarman, Zandile Madliwa, Sizwesandile Mnisi, Anzio September, Crystal Finck and Tashreeq de Villiers. 

Above all, accompanied by a live 8-piece band.  Also, twenty-two original songs, with lyrics by Marc Lottering and Tarryn Lamb. Musical direction by Alistair Izobel and choreography by Grant Van Ster, have earned standing ovations!

The show has received four Fleur du Cap nominations and has come off its third sell-out season in Cape Town.

Marc Lottering

Robyn Cohen, Cape Times;

It’s a feel-good musical…but beneath the surface, Lottering presents a savvy critique on relationships, family, race, identity and navigating the personal and the political as live our lives.”

Karen Rutter, WeekendSpecial ;

a musical with an international punch, a debut production that astonishes with its assuredness.”

Kirsten Delcie, Whats On In Cape Town ;

“…witty one-liners that are met with sassy comebacks.”

Because Aunty Merle is all about sharing the love, she’s offering patrons a 20% discount on tickets purchased for shows between 1 and 7 February.  Performances are Wednesdays to Saturdays at 8pm, with matinee shows on Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm.  The show is suitable for all ages (no under 3’s).

You can secure your tickets through one of these platforms: visit or call Box Office on 0861 670 670 ; via; as well as webtickets counters at Pick ‘n Pay outlets.

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