Cape Town theatres
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Cape Town's first theatre was opened in 1801 at Riebeeck Square inthe DCBD
When it comes to drama, the Mother City is a real prima donna. Whether it's Shakespearean period pieces, rousing dance, razzmatazz musicals, mirthful stand-up comedy, or alternative fringe theatre, you're bound to find something to suit your taste in the theatres of Cape Town.
Shakespeare buffs must visit the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre. It stages professional productions of Shakespearean plays. Comprising a striking wooden stage set under a canopy of foliage, with a statue of the Bard of Avon himself standing sentry, Maynardville is unabashedly the quintessential African home of all things Shakespearean.
If it's a verdant winelands Cape Town theatre setting you're after, try Spier in exquisite Stellenbosch for its open-air amphitheatre.
Undisputedly, the Artscape is the chief theatre in Cape Town. With a huge opera house setting, seating over a thousand, a large theatre seating over 500 and 2 smaller sets, this colossal theatre complex offers some of the best international and local shows on the theatre circuit.
The Baxter Theatre is another one of the Cape stalwarts. Situated in the leafy suburb of Rondebosch, this theatre house hosts some of the ritziest productions on the country's theatrical calendar.
If intimacy is on your agenda, then give the Theatre on the Bay a whirl. Set in the well-heeled Camps Bay locale, it offers a theatre-dinner combo worth experiencing. The Kalk Bay Theatre is housed in a heritage protected church in the picturesque fishing village of Kalk Bay, and enjoys a cult patronage.
For community theatre, head over to Muizenburg's The Masque Theatre. This theatre offers amateur dramatic performances, giving the work of lesser-known playwrights a chance to be seen. For light-hearted comedy and musicals, On Broadway in the CBD will get you giggling.
The 280-seater Fugard Theatre - Cape Town's latest theatre asset - is located within the historic Sacks Futeran building in the historic District Six, with the renovated Congregational Church Hall in Caledon Street as its entrance. It is named after Athol Fugard, South Africa's greatest playwright.
Most tickets for Cape Town theatres can be booked at the theatres, or through national ticket tout, Computicket.
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Who to contact
Computicket outlets at shopping centres or online on www.computicket.com, or on +27-83-915-8000.
Maynardville Open-Air Theatre, Unit 1 Maynardville, 20 Piers Street. email@example.com
Spier, +27-21-809-1100, firstname.lastname@example.org, R310 Lynedoch Road Stellenbosch.
Artscape, D F Malan Street, Foreshore, +27-21- 410-9800, email@example.com
Baxter Theatre, Main Road, Rondebosch, +27-21-685-7880.
Theatre on the Bay, 1a Link Street, Camps Bay, +27-21-438-3301.
Kalk Bay Theatre, 52 Main Road, Kalk Bay, +27-73-220-5430, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Masque Theatre, Main Road (M4), Muizenberg, +27-21-788-1898.
On Broadway, 88 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town CBD, +27-21-424-1194 email@example.com
Tel: +27 (0) 21 461 4554