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Construction, at an estimated R140 million, of Soweto's first theatre has started and is billed for completion in the first quarter of 2011.
There's something for everyone in Johannesburg theatres, everything from Broadway shows to Shakespearean dramas to heartfelt local stories. There are also excellent-bang-for-your-buck student productions, and gamboling musicals, dramas, comedies, children's productions, and even experimental fare.
All are staged in Johannesburg's profusion of theatres. The theatre aficionado need not look further than the theatres of Johannesburg for their 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 Civic 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, and more recently the outlandish Rocky Horror Picture Show hammed it up.
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.
Nestled in the inner-city in a quaint Victorian tenement, and boasting national monument status, The Windybrow Theatre stages productions that are inspired by Africa. 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.