Masque Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa
This small, intimate Masque Theatre is home to a number of amateur dramatic societies in Cape Town and is easily accessible positioned as it is on the Main Road as it enters to Muizenberg. The theatre has fairly recently been rebuilt and is comfortably appointed. Most weeks there is as production running at the Masque. There is parking close to the theatre with car-watch attendants. The foyer bar is open before evening performances and during intervals – coffee, tea and sweets are available. For R40 a year you can even sign up to join the Masque Theatre Club, which means you will be notified of all shows and you can receive discounted tickets.
The theatre was founded in 1959 by Bertie Stern and was created with the aim to encourage voluntary participation in all forms of theatre by all people, and therefore is a very active community theatre. Bertie Stern personally ran the theatre until he passed away in 1993. Subsequently his estate created the Masque Theatre Trust to own the property, but responsibility of administration and operating was to be undertaken by the Stern Masque Theatre Association. The members of the dramatic societies currently represented on the committee elect this non-profit, voluntary body to office. In 1997 the theatre was completely destroyed by fire, and took two years to rebuild. This was thanks largely to the generosity of the late Joan St Leger-Lindbergh. Now, a first-class venue, the theatre seats 174 and is able to host live shows (musicals dramas, dancing, etc.), seminars, presentations, film shows and so on.
Facilities and equipment include dressing rooms, excellent lighting and sound equipment. The Masque Theatre truly showcases quality amateur productions.