Cape Town Theatres
Your Guide to Cape Town Opera, Cape Town Ballet, Drama, Comedy and other performaning arts venues in the Mother City and surrounds
The Cape Town theatres offer a variety of performances to all culturally interested locals, visitors and expats in Cape Town. Nearly all the major Cape Town shows are located in venues in and around the city centre, but there are some smaller theatres to be found in the suburbs of the Mother City which are well worth a visit too.
If you want to attend some of the performing arts events in Cape Town, there are plenty of cultural events to choose from every day. You will certainly find a show for every budget and taste.
Theatre ticket prices in Cape Town South Africa are really reasonable if you compare them with the high prices you would have to pay for premium tickets in other theatres and opera houses around the world.
If you stay in Cape Town for a longer time you might even want to consider taking out memberships with some of the excellent Cape Town theatres to qualify for concessions at many shows.
To give you a better picture of Cape Towns Theatres and theatre scene I will tell you here where the theatres in Cape Town are located and how to book your tickets. This is ExpatCapeTown’s listing of the major Cape Town theatres:
Cape Town Entertainment: Drama, Comedy, various arts events
• Artscape Theatre Centre with Artscape Opera House:
DF Malan Street, Foreshore, Cape Town, Tel: 021-410 9800, Artscape Website
Cape Town’s biggest theatre complex is located in the City Centre and offers a wide variety of musical shows, drama and dance shows. The complex also houses the Cape Town Opera House, the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cape Town City Ballet. You need to be a bit careful in the area around the complex as the CBD is usually deserted at night, but there are plenty of security guards watching the streets. There is plenty of safe parking and the shows are always a real treat.
• Baxter Theatre, Cape Town
Main Road (M4 to Wynberg), Rondebosch/CapeTown, Tel: 021-685 7880. Baxter Website
Located in Rondebosch, you will need a car or taxi to go there, they have got a small restaurant on the site, but for having a special celebration you will need to go either back into town or to the Cavendish area which is a five minute drive from the theatre. Membership Subscription fees: From as low as R300(single) for tickets to four performances.
• Theatre on the Bay
1A Link Street, Camps Bay/Cape Town, Tel: 021-438 3301, www.theatreonthebay.co.za
Located in scenic Camps Bay an evening out at this theatre offers you a special treat when you go out for drinks after the show in one of the lovely streetside bars and restaurants. Enquire for their Season Ticket Club Membership which offer savings up to 50% and subscribe to their newsletter to qualify for discounts on various shows and previews.
• Milnerton Playhouse
87 Pienaar Road, Milnerton, next to the Milnerton High School, www.milnertonplayers.co.za
Located in the suburb of Milnerton in a residential area, this small theatre with 112 seats is home of the Milnerton Players Dramatic Society who stages several production each year. www.milnertonplayers.com
• Masque Theatre Muizenberg
37 Main Road, Muizenberg, Tel: 021-788 6999
This theatre in Muizenberg offers regular plays and concerts to the cultural entertainment in the False Bay area. Become a member for only R50 per year and get discounts to all performances.
• Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West
Lourensford Road, Somerset West corner of Swalle Road, Tel: 021-852 5182. www.hhds.org
Home of the Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society is one of the oldest amateur dramatic societies in the Western Cape and offers high quality productions several times a year.
• Maynardville Open Air Theatre
20 Piers Street, corner Wolfe Road, Wynberg, Cape Town
Located in the Southern suburbs, in Wynberg, this open-air-theatre, offers a stunning setting and great Shakespeare plays as well as ballet performances during the summer months.
Cape Town Ballet
The world-renowned Cape Town City Ballet performs twice a year with shows which earn always raving reviews. The smaller but very energetic troupe of flamenco dancers of the La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre are growing in popularity every year. So make sure subscribe to my events calendar to be informed about their any new performances. They stage their shows in various Cape Town theatres, so for more information, please check out their websites too. You will find them here:
• Cape Town City Ballet: www.capetowncityballet.org.za
La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre : www.larosa.co.za
Cape Town Dinner Theatre
• Barnyard Theatre Cape Town
Shop F09, First Floor, Willowbridge Shopping Centre, 39 Carl Cronje Drive, Tyger Valley, Tel: 021-914 8898, www.barnyardtheatres.co.za
This dinner theatre in Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs offers high class entertainment with its rock shows, musicals and concerts. Located in the Northern Suburbs, this place is in Willowbridge Shopping Centre where you will find many restaurants for having a great night out.
• On Broadway Theatre Cape Town
88 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town CBD, Tel: 021-424 1194, www.onbroadway.co.za
This Dinner Theatre is located in the Cape Town City Centre with frequently changing plays and musical shows.
• Cape Town Vaudeville Supper Club
11 Mechau Street, off Lower Bree Street, Foreshore CapeTown, Tel: 0861 787 737.
The newest of the Cape Town Theatres offering a supper club and Vaudeville variety show with lots of surprises.
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