Theatres in Cape Town

The Artscape Theatre, where the architecture is dated but the theatre is often cutting edge. Photo courtesy mallix

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Cape Town’s arts scene is exciting and innovative – and there are a number of local theatres offering the best of our home-grown artistic talents.

southern suburbs

The Baxter Theatre, +27 (0)21 680 3984,, is situated in Rondebosch (15 minutes from the City Bowl) and provides a forum for dance, music and live theatre.

Established in 1960, this sturdy brick complex is said to have been inspired by Soviet Moscow’s central train station. A must for comedy festivals, kids’ theatre, and classical music concerts.

In the suburb of Wynberg, you’ll find the Maynardville Open Air Theatre, This outdoor theatre has a unique 720-seater theatre setting and is most famous for the annual Shakespeare-In-The-Park event.

city bowl

Villa Pascal Theatre, +27 (0)21 975 2566,, is an intimate, multi-cultural venue offering live entertainment by local and international performers. Discerning music and theatre lovers can bring a picnic basket (wine and snacks) and enjoy a unique theatre experience – the Cape’s only theatre in a house. The theatre is situated in the heart of Durbanville, close to the wine route and the Durbanville Golf Club. The venue opened in August 2003 and is owned by French chanteuse Danièle Pascal and Eugène Lebreton. It’s a popular entertainment destination and tourist attraction, and a unique rendezvous!

The Artscape theatre complex, +27 (0)21 410 9838,, in the city centre, is an all-round arts venue. The architecture dates to the 1970s, but inside the facilities are state-of-the-art.

At the heart of the theatre complex is the 1187-seat opera house and a 540-seat theatre. There is a 120-seat arena and a 100-seat cabaret venue. Artscape is Cape Town’s home of ballet and opera.

On Broadway, +27 (0)21 424 1194,, in Long Street in the city centre, is a cameo theatre committed to Cape Town’s cabaret scene. An eclectic crowd frequent this bar-cum-restaurant theatre and if you’re lucky enough you’ll catch satirist Pieter Dirk Uys donning his high heels and bringing the famous Tannie Evita to life.

The newest feather in Cape Town’s cultural cap, the 270-seater Fugard Theatre is located within the historic Sacks Futeran building in Cape Town’s District Six, with the renovated Congregational Church Hall in Caledon Street as its entrance. Construction of The Fugard Theatre was underwritten by its founding producer Eric Abraham, and is named in honour of Athol Fugard, South Africa’s greatest playwright. To learn more about current shows and to book online visit, call +27 (0)21 461 4554 or send an email to

next to the ocean

Pieter Toerien’s Theatre on the Bay, +27 (0)21 438 3300,, is located in the chi chi suburb of Camps Bay. This theatre stages contemporary plays, farces, musical tributes and reviews. The Act I Theatre Café is a great place for a pre-show dinner as you watch the evening lights of Camps Bay.

Muizenberg boasts the intimate 170-seater Masque Theatre, +27 21 788 6999, that plays host to a variety of professional and semi-professional productions – it is a vibrant theatre that is frequented by audiences and performers from all over Cape Town.

somerset west

The Playhouse, +27 (0)21 852 5182,, in Somerset West was opened on May 26 1973, by the Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society.

These days, the Playhouse puts on musicals, reviews and live shows that wow not only its local audience in Somerset West, but visitors from around the world.

Contact Cape Town Tourism for assistance with information on local theatres. There are often special shows on for children especially during school holidays. We can assist you to make theatre reservations and advise on the best local restaurants and bars for pre- and post-theatre visits. Call us on +27 (0)21 487 6800 or email us on

Read about past and present theatre productions in the Mother City on our blog.

  • Phone: +27 21 481 3900

Cape Town Comedy Club

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Urban Brandy Cocktail Route

Launched in honour of SA’s favourite spirit, and in response to the increasing public demand for brandy in all its guises, the Urban Brandy Cocktail Route is the ultimate experienced-based initiative. Presenting a unique way to explore and appreciate brandy against the diverse backdrop of the cosmopolitan Cape Town cityscape, the formation of the route speaks to how brandy has risen from its conventional role to embrace a more sophisticated, modern image.

Cape Town Pub Crawl & Booze Cruize

Cape Town Pub Crawl are a team bringing International students together with the backpackers to party in the best pubs and clubs in Cape Town! You will get entrance into multiple venues, save money on discounted drinks, get a lot of free stuff, and be part of the biggest crowd of 18-35 party-goers in Cape Town!
It’s a nightlife revolution, and something you have to try before you die!

Living Room

Living Room is an upmarket and sophisticated multi leveled entertainment venue.

Mavericks Revue Bar

Mavericks Revue Bar is South Africa’s Premier Gentlemen’s Club. It is upmarket entertainment venue, where men and women alike enjoy five bars and lounges that appeal to every taste and pocket. Whether you’re looking for a big night out, a meal with business associates, or a quiet relaxed, drink, over 80 beautiful dancers from every corner of the globe are waiting to entertain you. Take in a stage show, or request a more personal experience. Ask your concierge to book you a prime spot at Mavericks and experience the most enjoyable night you’ll have had on your travels.


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