Once you enter Madame Zingara’s Theatre of Dreams you won’t want to leave. We found that out the other night when we entered their enchanting magic world. The unique dinner theatre spectacular is full of quirky characters, guests included. Held at Cape Town V&A Waterfront, the show is housed in one of the last remaining mirror tents of the world, called Victoria. The tent is decorated with mirrored columns and rich velvet drapes, and it has toured the the world for 80 years.
A brain child of Capetonian Richard Griffin, Madame Zingara started off as a 80-seater restaurant in 2001. Five years later the restaurant burnt to the ground. Madame Zingara then became a travelling cirque playing in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. Gauchos, acrobatic acts, a dynamic and energetic quartet ‘The Specifics’, human foot juggling and contorts, are some of the acts . Their sumptuous four course meal is served by energetic waiters, some topless and others in costumes. You eat in-between acts. I had salmon with veggies as my main and my friends chose their signature dish, the Chocolate Chili Fillet, they raved about it. We had a trio of chocolates for desserts, yummy!
Unfortunately you are not allowed to take pictures during the show but trust me it’s a must. Pictures by Tracey Adams.