The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway – the stalwart of supper theatre in Durban – is taking its well-known tribute shows to new heights with what the theatre owners have called a “tribute to surpass all tributes”.

Six Of The Best, which runs from 12 July to 28 August, will celebrate the music of six of the greatest pop and rock icons of all time.

The show will feature Freddie Mercury, Jon Bon Jovi, Meatloaf, Billy Joel, Pink and Cher singing their number one hits from the last four decades.

Ruan Geldenhuys has been cast as Freddie Mercury, Tian Rautenbach as Meatloaf, James Dobson as Billy Joel, Ray Oberholzer as Jon Bon Jovi, Yvette Barnard as Pink and Chrystal Worship as Cher.  They are back up by Jared Gunston and Barry Thomson on guitar, Romeo Moalusi on bass guitar, and Brian Fraser on drums.

Although most of us are a little too familiar with standard tribute shows with similar rock covers having been done over and over again, this time round the Barnyard has tried for something of a twist.

Six Of The Best is about the showmanship, the charisma and the music of these performers – only this time there’s going to be a bit of competition.

You’ll have Meatloaf coming up against the vocal ability of Freddie who, in turn, has to compete with Bon Jovi. Then there is the power and beauty of Pink, the soulfulness of Billy, and of course let’s not forget the flamboyance and decadence of Cher!

You can expect the usual golden oldies – Freddie Mercury’s anthems Bohemian Rhapsody, A Kind Of Magic and We Are The Champions, Bon Jovi’s You Give Love A Bad Name, Bed Of Roses and Bad Medicine, Meatloaf’s larger-than-life I’d Do Anything For Love and It’s All Coming Back To Me Now and Billy Joel’s piano ballads Piano Man, New York State Of Mind and Honesty. Cher’s women-power hits Believe and Strong Enough and Pink’s party tracks Just Like A Pill and Raise Your Glass also promise to be entertaining.

The Barnyard has a reputation for laid back fun and shows are a great opportunity to connect with friends and family over a bring and share meal. Alternatively, you can buy something from one of the nearby fast food outlets or, better still, enjoy some Barnyard catering which includes some really good pizzas.

Tickets are R155 per person from Wednesday to Saturday, with discounted specials of R120 per person every Tuesday night and R110 per person for the Sunday matinee show.  For bookings and enquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 – 566 3045 or visit  For further information, e-mail or visit