Theatres in Cape Town
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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The Amphitheatre located at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town is a good spot for live entertainment from concerts to creative workshops and puppet shows.
The Cape Town International Convention Centre is the ideal venue for conferences, exhibitions, trade shows, concerts and other big events. The centre takes up 6.1ha on the city’s Foreshore and is within easy reach of the V&A Waterfront, major hotels and the rest of the city centre.
The Baxter Theatre Centre is situated in Rondebosch, in the Southern Suburbs, and is one of the pre-eminent theatres of the Cape Town social and cultural scene.
The Baxter hosts and produces local and international groundbreaking and award-winning shows. Annual events like the Nando’s Festival, the Vodacom Funny Festival and the Baxter Dance Festival are very popular, as well as classical music concerts, dance, music, drama, ballet, opera and live and intimate theatre. The Baxter’s offerings are diverse.
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