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, www.baxter.co.za, 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, www.maynardville.co.za. 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, www.villapascal.co.za, 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, www.artscape.co.za, 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, www.onbroadway.co.za, 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 www.thefugard.com, call +27 (0)21 461 4554 or send an email to info@thefugard.com.

next to the ocean

Pieter Toerien’s Theatre on the Bay, +27 (0)21 438 3300, www.theatreonthebay.co.za, 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, www.playhouse.com, 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 info@capetown.travel.

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

  • Phone: +27 21 481 3900

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