Barnyard Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa
The Barnyard Theatre was born in Plettenberg Bay in 1996. Louis, co-founder and producer of amongst others, Carte Blanche, and Sybel Coetzee, freelance actress and TV presenter, moved to Plett from Johannesburg in 1989, having decided that family comes first.
They moved to a dairy farm, but after a few years they longed for a way to combine their two passions – footlights and the dairy farm. And thus, the birth of The Barnyard Theatres. Louis built a rustic American-style wooden barn on the farm which was converted into a theatre with an old-world atmosphere, heavy wooden beams, a horseshoe gallery, enormous tables and welcoming lanterns and wood chips on the floor. This was a hands-on, family affair! Even the young sons had jobs in the theatre, whether to wash glasses or count bottles, everyone was involved.
Their very first production was called An Evening of Love Songs and turned out a huge success. Not only the show, but the theatre too! Some everyone around the area was hooked on this little theatre. Louis started to expand the theatre, upgrading it technically and negotiating with artists to perform in the little 6 x 10 metre stage. And perform they did. From Peter Dirk Uys to the rockers of Roll Over Beethoven.
Soon other Barnyard Theatres started to open. This saw the beginning of many successful working relationships and lasting friendships. It was when Gateway was opened that Barnyard Theatres really took off. A 47-seater theatre was opened with much attention given to detail. Then they started mushrooming and currently there are 12 Barnyard Theatres in South Africa. Each is a product of its own individual setting, but they all seem to retain that quaint rustic charm of the first little Theatre in Plett.
The Barnyard is an upmarket indoor venue where you may bring you picnic and drinks or you may purchase wine, beer, coffee, nuts, or cookies there. Arrive well before curtain-up to enjoy your meal and an outstanding show around heavy wooden tables in the friendly atmosphere of this vibrant old-world theatre. The theatre provides top class entertainment for the entire family. They also have buy-one-get-one-free nights every Tuesday and Sunday.