Theatres in Cape Town, South Africa
Theatres are rife in South Africa, and many can be found in Cape Town, where each one has its own particular character. Cape Town offers locals and tourists alike a world class theatrical experience with a choice of venues offering mainstream or more off-beat entertainment. The pulse of Cape Town races when it comes to the amount of entertainment available. From live music, opera, classic ballet and drama – there is something for all types and tastes.
And the theatres are full of beans! There are more than 100 dynamic spaces all over the country offering everything from indigenous drama, cabarets, dance, music and satire to West End and Broadway hits, classical opera and ballet.
The theatres are well kept, have excellent lighting facilities and sound equipment. Some even have their own backstage staff and sound and lighting engineers.
Venues range from the demure and colossal homes of the former state supported performing arts councils to purpose-built theatres, a transformed fruit market, country barns, casino and urban holes in the wall; from a gracious Cape wine estate to a rustic railway station. Add to that a multitude of festivals of various degrees of gravitas and any time of the year in South Africa offers an almost unrestricted range of theatrical experiences.
There is a great deal of local talent in the dramatic arts, which is evident in the musicals and plays performed throughout the year. You can find indoor and outdoor theatres. The most popular of the outdoor being Maynardville Open Air Theatre. This is a magical setting in which many of Shakespeare’s great works are performed. Nothing prepares you for the ambience created by a floodlit garden on a starry night! And that is only one of the many, many theatres in South Africa and namely, in Cape Town.
Die Boer Theatre, Stellenbosch
Dorp Street Theatre , Stellenbosch
HB Thom Theatre
Old Mill Theatre
Kalk Bay Theatre
Theatre on the Bay