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Theatres in Cape Town:

An overview of all the theatres in and around Cape Town

Cape Town is not only the city of beautiful scenery, nightlife, host city of the World Cup and Table Mountain. There is so much more!

In Cape Town you can enjoy the cultural level in one of the many theatres of Cape Town. From Shakespeare to Grease, burlesque dinner shows to stand-up comedy: made a list of all the theatres in Cape Town, the suburbs and Stellenbosch.

Theatres in downtown Cape Town

Vaudeville Theatre
A burlesque supper club with 300 seats which is also known as the V-spot. Vaudeville is a kind of fantasy world where every day a visit to local and international shows are enjoyed and a luxury three-course dinner. After dinner you can party effortlessly in Fez Club, which is in the same building.
11 Mechau Steet | CBD

On Broadway Theatre
This is a theatre where you can watch while enjoying a snack and a glass of wine in comfort for a performance. Here you will find from cabaret to comedy to modern dance and ballet.
88 Short Market Street | CBD

The Artscape Theatre
This theatre is a multifunctional centre for visual arts. In the complex there are two theatres and an opera house where every day large numbers of people come. Artscape has its own styling team with a collection of no less than 30 000 garments and accessories, all of which can also be rented by individuals.
DF Malan Street | CBD

Fugard Theatre
This theatre is located in District Six and wants to send the message that this is a theatre for everyone, given the glory and notorious history of District Six during apartheid. Both the South African and international shows are almost always sold out - especially when you consider that this theatre only opened its doors a few months ago.
Harrington Street | CBD

The New Space Theatre
The New Space Theatre in the city bowl - the heart of Cape Town - has room for 200 people. New Space is one of the few theatres where performances have 4 to 10 actors. The performances in New Space are known for their surprising of, the "alternative" character of the shows: the cult theatre in Cape Town.
44 Long Street | CBD

The New Africa Theatre
This theatre in the heart of the Mother City has a particular social and ideological purpose: to offer disadvantaged young people the chance to break into the world of visual arts. The theatre offers courses in acting, improvisation, singing, music and dance for young people from disadvantaged families and townships.
43 Golf Course Road | CBD

Jazz Art Dance Theatre
Jazz Art Dance Theatre in recent years fell several times in prices. In particular, it has helped modern Western and South African dance at the quality of this theatre. In addition, the success is also due to a number of influential South African actors which sat on the stage in the Artscape.
Artscape Theatre Centre | CBD

Yawazzi Fish Tank
Yawazzi Fish Tank combines traditional theatre with the latest forms of design and programming. The space has been given the name 'Tabula Rasa', literally meaning 'blank slate'. The theatre is very diverse and has made among other great success with the show "The life and work of Petar Pedrovic".
42 Glynn Street | CBD

Theatres in the northern and southern suburbs

The Barnyard Theatre
If you are looking for friendly people, food, wine and entertainment then the Barnyard is the right address. Professional pieces are staged in a relaxed and social environment and next to plays you can also go for live music and circus acts. Enough variation is at The Barnyard Theatre in Tygervalley - about 25 minutes' drive from Cape Town.
39 Carl Krone Drive | Tygervalley.

Theatre in the District
Founder Andrew Russell made sure that one can see the full version of WOZA in Cape Town. WOZA is a unique show where purely South African materials and accessories are used. The show offers young and talented actors the opportunity to show themselves to the public, cherish the same ideal as the New Africa Theatre. Tip: indulge during the show at one of the dishes from the South African kitchen of the theatre ... delicious! Rondebosch is less than ten minutes' drive from central Cape Town.
Vale Road | Rondebosch.

The Baxter Theatre Centre
In this theatre, which is part of the University of Cape Town (UCT), you mainly go to see shows where you find the best local talent. Due to the large (inter) national stature the theatre, you regularly see South African greats on stage - less than ten minutes' drive from central Cape Town.
Main Road | Rondebosch.

Theatres in Cape Peninsula

The Masque Theatre
In this small but particularly intimate theatre and there are several daily amateur performances in the program. However, the shows at The Masque are far from amateurish and currently you can even watch Rumours, a show that has been performed 535 times on Broadway. Muizenberg is located south of Cape Town about 45 minutes' drive away.
Main Road | Muizenberg

The Kalk Bay Theatre
The small Kalk Bay Theatre features nearly 80 seats and offers the opportunity to dine during the shows. We have not yet been ourselves, but we hear good stories.
Main Road | Kalk Bay.

Theatres in Stellenbosch

The Oude Libertas Theatre
This theatre has a view of the mountains of Stellenbosch and is regarded as one of the finest amphitheatres in the whole of South Africa. There are many different types of performances, partly due to the large number of students in Stellenbosch and of course the hordes of tourists who are out in the Cape Winelands.
Oude Libertas Road | Stellenbosch

The Maynard Open-Air Theatre
This open-air theatre has over 700 seats and is not only popular for the fact that it is one of the most beautiful open-air theatres in the area. Maynard theatre is annually the stage for the popular event "Shakespeare-in-the-Park 'almost every night a full house.
Maynardville Park | Stellenbosch.

The Dorp Street Theatre Café
This theatre in the centre of Stellenbosch is known for its live music and shows. In addition to see, regular stand-up comedy acts.
Dorp Street | Stellenbosch

Endler Hall (Conservatory of Music)
This theatre is part of the University of Stellenbosch and has 566 seats. The theatre is known for its excellent acoustics in the concert hall. Thanks to this amazing sound, there are regular classical concerts on the program.
Victoria Street | Stellenbosch.

The HB Thom Theatre (Dept. of Speech and Drama)
There is a story going around about this theatre. It seems that the spirit of an old theatre teacher haunts it. Those who are not afraid can take a look at one of the amateur performances of the HB Thome Theatre. Even young actors have a chance of success here.
Corner of Victoria and Andringa Street | Stellenbosch.

The Spier Amphitheatre
This theatre with room for as many as 1100 people was built on the land of the great Spier Wine Estate. Besides opera lovers and fans of classical music, theatre and dance is here. But The Muscle is more versatile than that successful artists like Freshly Ground, Goldfish and Hugh Masekela have already been here.

Theatre in Camps Bay

The Theatre on the Bay
A small but fine theatre where at the moment you can see the show "Unforgettable". Unforgettable is a musical about Nat King Cole. Next to the theatre you can also go for a leisurely dinner.
1a Street Link | Camps Bay

Theatre in the Western Cape

Paul Cluver Elgin at the Forest Amphitheatre
This theatre with a capacity for 600 people, is amid a huge eucalyptus forest. The theatre has been fully designed to fit in the natural environment. Should you come from Cape Town by car it is about an hour away, but the estate and theatre is very well worth it.
De Rust Estate | Grabouw.

Source: Cape Town Magazine November 2010