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Soweto's first theatre, the striking Soweto Theatre, showcases new and emerging local talent
There's something for everyone in Johannesburg theatres, everything from Broadway shows to Shakespearean dramas to heartfelt local stories. There are also excellent student productions, award-winning international musicals, dramas, comedies, children's productions, and even experimental fare.
All are staged in Johannesburg's profusion of theatres and if you're a theatre aficionado you'll find a quick fix. Consult the daily newspapers for what's on. Most tickets can be booked at the theatre itself or through national ticket tout, Computicket.
The Market Theatre complex in Newtown Cultural Precinct is a hive of arts and entertainment. It has played host to some of the country's most famous plays, including many from South Africa's most acclaimed playwright, Athol Fugard.
Joburg's leading theatre, the Johannesburg Theatre Complex, which includes the spacious Mandela Theatre, showcases local and overseas productions and is usually booked a year in advance with these productions. For dedicated children's shows and pantomimes which are lively, colourful, interactive and timed for brevity, head over to the National Children's Theatre.
Gold Reef City's Globe Theatre made its reputation with Richard Loring's African Footprint, an exuberant celebration of popular South African music and culture. Similarly, another Johannesburg theatre, the Victory Theatre, made its name when it staged Umoja.
The two theatres at the stylish entertainment complex Montecasino, north of the city − one big, one small − produce intimate shows plus Broadway blockbusters.
For more experimental performance, and great value-for-money shows, be sure to check out the Wits Downstairs Theatre, and the University of Johannesburg Art Centre, where drama students practice their chosen trade with zeal.
Theatres in Johannesburg span the entire metropolis, from north, to south, east to west, township to suburb − you're bound to find something to tempt your theatre tastebuds.