The Mysteries - Yiimimangaliso comes care of the same team behind last year’s Whatsonstage.com and Olivier Award-winning South African version of The Magic Flute, which had a West End run at the Duke of York’s theatre following its UK premiere at the Young Vic (See News, 19 Dec 2007). Pauline Malefane leads the 33-strong ensemble in the roles of God and Jesus, while Mark Dornford-May directs.
Critics went wild for The Mysteries, echoing the response the show received back in 2001. Director Dornford-May enjoyed plaudits ranging from "uniquely inventive" to "visionary", while his star (and musical director) Pauline Malefane was described variously as "spellbinding" and "formidable". All told, with its raft of four and five star ratings, it ranks as one of the most critically successful West End shows so far this year, making it a definite must see before it finishes on 3 October.