Thursday, May 16, 2013

The quest to secure a new sponsor for Sandton’s theatre gem is finally over! Daphne Kuhn, who established the Theatre on the Square in 1994, is very proud to announce that the sponsorship baton has been passed on to the insurance giant, Auto & General Insurance! From May 2013, the multi award-winning, sustainable, non-commercial theatre for entertainment and cultural upliftment will be known as the Auto & General Theatre on the Square.

“This association and investment in the theatre will be an injection of much needed funding for development - and fuel for creativity! The theatre has provided the infrastructure, work opportunities and exposure to scores of actors, writers, directors, designers, comedians, musician and technicians. It has produced or presented over 1000 new productions including workshops, corporate events and regular weekly lunch hour concerts, in just short of two decades,” says Kuhn.

According to Leon Vermaak, CEO of Auto & General Insurance, “We are thrilled to support the Theatre on the Square. We hope that our sponsorship will assist in nurturing, developing and exposing the wealth of proudly South African talent and product.”

The theatre has not only been blessed with a new sponsor but also with a theatre angel, Carolyn Steyn, who has been appointed as the official Patron of the Auto & General Theatre on the Square. Carolyn, with her impeccable style and theatre background, facilitated the sponsorship and will manage the refurbishment of the theatre. She has appointed leading interior designer, Stephen Falcke for the project.

“In 2013, a dynamic line-up of local and international plays will be presented including comedies, classical music, jazz and youth projects with leading local and international performers. Leading comics as well as theatre luminaries such as Pieter Dirk Uys, Dame Janet Suzman, Abigail Kubeka, Judy Page and Annabel Linder will soon grace the stage with inimitable satire, consummate performances and music,” concludes Kuhn.

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