The Cape Town theatre landscape does not fall short of choice and with the colder weather sending us indoors, what better way to spend the evening than a showcase of local or international talent at one of the Mother City’s much-loved theaters.

These playhouses are a must-visit for locals and tourists alike.

1. The Fugard Theatre

Making it on the list of places to see in Cape Town by CNN is no small feat and the thriving Fugard theatre offers a premier experience, established by as renowned playwright, Athol Fugard. Located in the heart of District Six, the playhouse offers an enriching cultural experience, with showcases such as ‘Shakespere in Love‘.

A roof top bar and seating area is available to soak in the night-sky after a show with a hot cup of cocoa.

Address: Corner Caledon & Lower Buitenkant Street, District Six

Contact: 021 461  4554

Website: www.thefugard.com

Amazing theatre with amazing history… #CapeTown

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2. Kalk Bay Theatre

Situated in the seaside suburb of Kalk Bay, the local theatre that has a uniquely intimate touch with only 77 seats and managed by a couple who are entertainment enthusiasts. A restaurant is located on the property of the theatre and makes it a one stop for a perfect evening.

The playhouse showcases mostly local and some international performances and is wheelchair friendly for patrons.

The theatre used to be a deconstructed church but has now been morphed into a centre for arts and culture in Kalk Bay. The theatre runs a special on Tuesdays, buy one ticket and receive a second free of charge – making it an easy choice for a weekday outing.

Address: 52 Main Rd Kalk Bay corner of Main & Rouxville Rd

Contact: 021 788 7257

Website: www.kalkbaytheatre.co.za

Bumping and grinding starting soon at Kalkbaytheatre #bigboys2

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3. The Masque Theatre 

Located in Muizenberg, the Masque theatre is a hidden gem of the seaside area and hosts live productions, soirees, recitals and film shows. Making it more than a mere theatre but a venue for culture, entertainment and arts to thrive.

The theatre is wheelchair friendly with easy access to all facilities.

A bar is available to enjoy a glass of wine or two before the show.

Address: 37 Main Rd, Muizenberg

Contact: 021 788 6999

Website: www.masquetheatre.co.za

GET INVOLVED AT THE MASQUE THEATRE Always wanted to be involved in the theatre, but never had the opportunity? Now is your chance! At the Masque Theatre, not only does our community consist of those performing on-stage, but various other roles which are essential so all runs smoothly. Opportunities include; stage management, lighting design & operation, sound design & operation, marketing, fundraising, costume and wardrobe management, set design & construction, and many front-of house tasks. It’s also a fun way to spend time with the most funniest people you’ll ever get to meet. To get involved: Contact [email protected] OR telephone 021 788 1898 or SHARE this post with someone who might be interested. More info: www.masquetheatre.co.za/societies #masquetheatre #masquetheatreisblue #volunteers #actorslife #theatrelife #stagelife

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4. Baxter Theatre

When the word theatre comes to mind, its hard not to think of one of the ultimate spots, The Baxter. The well known playhouse is an architectural beauty with its in door high rise ceilings and unique lighting designs, housing an impressive amount of stages and performance arenas.

The theatre is known for its historically multicultural representation in the arts and culture.

Enjoy the in-house bar and restaurant service that offers a buffet.

Address: Main Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town

Contact: 021 685  7880

Website: www.baxter.co.za

 

5. The Magnet Theatre 

The Magnet Theatre is an award-winning independent physical theatre company that has been operating for 30 years.

Their productions often engage with Southern Africa’s social and political landscapes, and they are responsible for over 30 original theatre pieces.

Located near the city centre in Observatory, the theatre focuses on empowering members of the youth through the use of drama and performance.

Address: Old Match Factory, corner St Michael and Lower Main Road,

Contact: 021 448 3436

Website:  magnettheatre.co.za

TBT: The Show’s Not Over ‘Till the Fat Lady Sings. Performed and created by Jennie Reznek. With Mark Fleishman. Directed by Mark Fleishman. “Belinda is hungry. Belinda is earthbound. Belinda is trapped inside a body that refuses to do what it is told. She is a victim of her voracious appetites, her dreams, demons and desires. Belinda can’t breathe. And then one day she hears a voice calling. Words, gesture, masks and circus elements portray Belinda’s struggles, her journey of discovery, her battle to break free and fly.” Best Director and Best Script (nomination) FNB Vita. Best Comedy Performancr Vita Awards, 1992. Best Actress Vita Awards, 1993. @jenniereznek #magnettheatre #physicaltheatre #storytelling

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Article written by

Ishani Chetty

Ishani is a vegetarian who is passionate about social issues, the environment and current affairs.