Andrew Botha - set, costume and av design

Andrew celebrates over thirty years of designing for all aspects of the entertainment industry.

Specialising in large scale design in the fields of Opera, Ballet, Musicals, Plays, Television Specials and Events, his work, renowned for its dazzling innovative edge and originality, continues to draw praise from the public and press locally and internationally.
Venues where Botha has worked include Sun City – three extravaganzas, two Miss World Pageants and the International Indian Film Awards – Paris – five consecutive shows at Hotel Lotte Busan for Rios Productions, following which Asia Pacific Region – ten years of further commissions – Australia – Storm with acclaimed groundbreaking stage effects and technical innovation. “Wow factor” designs for Fantastica, Mysteria, Fly and Dreamz at Genting’s Pavilion Malaysia, strongly established him as a major production asset in the region. He has also worked in Greece, Holland, Russia, China and The Philippines. In recent years he has designed six productions for VDB Productions Hollans, including a sold-out spectacular version of Mozart’s Magic Flute (which he also directed). Due to public demand his production returned to the Netherlands in 2011.

Creations that have carried the indelible Botha imprint in South Africa over the past three decades are legion. These range from his cutting-edge big scale musical production, Queen at the Opera, to a shimmering new staging of the Lerner and Loewe classic, My Fair Lady, in Durban 2009. Favourite hits among many include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Singin’ in the Rain, Sweeney Todd, Sweet Charity, Candide, and Aqua Opera, a breath-taking opera event staged against the scenically spectacular Table Mountain on a floating stage in Cape Town harbour. Recent inclusions are Ultimate Broadway, the inaugural production of the Grand Plaza Theatre in Shanghai and Don Quixote for Mzansi Productions in 2011. A firm believer in nurturing the performers and the audiences of tomorrow, Andrew has generously agreed to design Hansel and Gretel for the JYB – because the stars of tomorrow need to be nurtured today.