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Laager Now Mannie Manim Theatre

The Market Theatre renames its Laager Theatre to the Manim Theatre to honour Co-Founder Mannie Manim

After an intimate celebration of the Market Theatre’s 40th birthday, the Laager has officially been renamed the Mannie Manim Theatre. A tremendous honour and a great way to pay homage to the Market’s co-founder, Mannie Manim.

Manim holds over 50 years of involvement, with undeniable contributions to arts and entertainment industries of South Africa and globally. He was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver for his excellent skills in theatre lighting design and administration. Manim’s commitment to non-racial theatre lead to the establishment of The Company with the late Barney Simon. This decision would later result in the birth of the Market Theatre with Manim as the managing director.

The Laager Theatre first opened in 1979, with Pieter-Dirk Uys’ spectacularly popular satirical melodrama Die Van Aardes Van Grootoor. Initially named the Laager by Uys, for the fort-like safe space it provided performers during the apartheid regime. The Theatre has also hosted sought-after favourites such as Nongogo and Woza Albert!, both in 1981

In addition to the Barney Simon and John Kani Theatres, the renaming is another fitting appreciation. A truly prestigious celebration of both the Market and its founder fathers, with the newly renamed Mannie Manim Theatre.

Most of all, Creative Feel would like to extend the most heartfelt congratulations to Manim on this well deserved tribute.


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