Libertas Theatre in Stellenbosch near Cape Town, South Africa
After years of dreaming, locals were finally given their wish when the Libertas Theatre Club was founded in Stellenbosch on 5 April 1960. The Clubs head office was in the old Winecellar on Vredelust farm in Dorp Street. Today you will also find there the De Kelder Restaurant. In 1967 the Club moved to an old stall at Bergzicht, where it still stands today.
Until 1994 the Libertas Theatre was an amateur club. The name was changed to the Klein Libertas Teatre, which translates as the small libertas theatre.
This was so as not to confuse it with the Oude Libertas Teatre of Distell. Just as politics change in the land, so do the ins and outs of the entertainment world. Artists were seeking venues to perform at and the Klein Libertas Theatre was perfect. It became a location for more and more professional artists.
Although the theatre still has its amateur sentiment there is now also more focus on community theatre projects. Here you will see the most amazing talent suddenly shoot up. The theatre has also registered as a production house and since then has had two successful professional productions. Both were acknowledged by the Fleur du Cap.
So not only is the theatre first and foremost and amateur theatre, but also a community theatre project, a children and youth theatre as well as a professional theatre.
Of course the number one goal of the theatre is to please the locals and any visitors who wish to experience something magical. They also strive to enrich and develop the community by means of theatre.