Every Saturday night the Karroo Theatrical Hotel presents a unique extravaganza of audio, culinary and visual delight. The evening’s excitement begins in the bar with sundown cocktails served together with hors d’ouevres. Dinner is announced by the sounding of a dinner gong upon which guests proceed to Grimaldi’s Theatre Hall where they are ushered to their designated tables. Starters are served and then followed by a unique musical interlude with a set of musical bottles.
The main course consists of wholesome Karoo fare – roast leg of Lamb with mint accompanied with glazed baby carrots, broccoli in a white sauce and yellow rice. A brief interval precedes the show.
The Steytlerville Follies is a sophisticated two man show starring the famous Karoo Diva, Dame Leyla Lamborghini performing her dramatic renditions of great songs of yesteryear and presented by Freddy Ferrari with his mastery of the grand piano. Outrageously funny to nostalgic, reflective and sad – you are in for a roller coaster ride of humane emotion.
The show duration is approximately an hour followed by a delectable desert. Dinner is elegantly rounded off with an assortment of cheeses and crackers, a Cape Ruby port and freshly brewed coffee.
This iconic show has become somewhat of an institution in the Eastern Cape’s weekend getaway department and has been much applauded by the media, drawing audiences from far and wide.
Grimaldi’s Theatre is named after a most interesting the little fluffy white dog, mascot of the Karroo Theatrical Hotel. He had a long, adventurous and most unusual life.
He was of a noble and highly sought after breed known as the Cotton De Tulear, originating from Madagascar. One of the top performing dog acts in the world, he entertained thousands of people bringing tears of laughter and touching the hearts of everyone.
Grimaldi travelled extensively and had his own passport. He particularly loved flying, residing in luxurious hotels and dining in fine restaurants. He performed in many a Circus, variety theatres and exclusive supper-clubs, travelling all over Europe, America and South Africa.
His performance consisted of a fifteen minute long comic routine which was a show-stopper. He summoned tremendous applause which was never less than three minutes in duration.
This often proved to be a source of an great annoyance to his egocentric artist colleagues. Grimaldi was named after the first white-face clown, Joseph Grimaldi who was a comic genius and precursor of Charlie Chaplain, Marcel Marceau and Danny Kaye.
Grimaldi spent two months of the year on vacation in his native Cape Town where he was a celebrity of note. Every evening he insisted on spending an hour or so in the local pub where he had a permanently reserved bar stool and the full attention of fellow patrons. An impeccably well mannered gentleman, Grimaldi was always immaculately groomed, flaunting a diamante studded collar.
He retired and moved back to South Africa in 2002 making the Karroo Theatrical Hotel in Steytlerville his new home where he resided in bliss. There he finally found the space to lead an undemanding existence, away from the limelight and free of any stress. He passed away at the age of sixteen leaving a huge void but such precious memories.
Available every Saturday night. Package includes: Accommodation, Sundown Cocktail with Snacks, A delectable three course Candlelight Dinner, Cabaret Show - "The Steytlerville Follies", Cheese assortment, a Cape Ruby & Coffee, Sunday's Buffet Breakfast.
R1 350.00 per couple in a Standard Room (Double Bed)
R1 490.00 per couple in a Standard Room (Twin Beds)
R1 550.00 per couple in a Superior Room (Queen Bed)
R1 690.00 per couple in a Superior Room (Twin Beds)
R 990.00 Single Rate in a Standard Room