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SSurrounded by high-rises and the capital’s hustle and bustle, the South African State Theatre in Pretoria certainly stands out. It’s architecturally distinctive and occupies an entire block in Pretoria’s city-centre. It was once the largest reception-venue of performing arts in the southern hemisphere.
The theatre staged its first show in 1981. Since then, it has featured a wide range of productions, including opera, ballet, drama, cabaret, musical and children’s-theatre performances.
In 2006, the South African State Theatre affirmed its position as the premier venue for large-scale productions, when its production of Swan Lake, by the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, drew a packed house.
But Swan Lake is not the only headline show that the State Theatre has catered for. Many curtains have been lifted on world-class productions, including Cats, and South Africa’s own Sarafina!, a musical tour de force by impresario Mbongeni Ngema.
TTravel tips & planning info
Who to contact
Tshwane Tourism Association
Tel: +27 (0)12 358 2111
Things to do
Pretoria is home to many historical buildings, museums, shopping centres and lively restaurants.
What to pack
Pack a light jersey or sweater, as it can get chilly in the theatre.