Theatre-lovers were deeply saddened by the news that the iconic Kalk Bay theatre had shut its doors in May due to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily, there is a silver lining as the theatre will live on in a new location.
Follow Spot Productions, the production company heading the theatre, have found a new home for the institution and it is another well known Kalk Bay Spot. The theatre will move to the Brass Bell Bikini Bar, and organisers hope to reopen in November.
According to owner Vanessa Harris, it took about a month to find this location. They chose it because it has a spectacular view and keeps the theatre in Kalk Bay.
While final numbers are still to be confirmed once the renovation has completed, the versatile venue is expected to fit approximately 250 people.
“We are planning to create a unique theatre space with our signature pizazz and atmosphere surrounded by the most sensational view, and open roof when the moon is full and the weather is delicious. A space for performance that doesn’t exist anywhere else in Cape Town,” Harris tells Cape Town ETC.
Much like the original theatre, the new venue will have a bar and food options will be available to patrons.
Owners will adhere to all the mandatory health and safety regulations as per lockdown rules. The regulations will depend on the level the country is on at the time of opening.
For the opening show, Kalk Bay Theatre will put on Man Band 2, the follow-up to the original show that featured five local singers Ash Searle, Liam McDermott, Brad Searle, Alex Tops and Gareth Christie performing songs by rock legends and boy bands of the past.
“Man Bands was one of our most popular shows, so we are itching to create the 2nd edition,” Harris says.
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