South Africa is home to some of the most innovative and dedicated theatre-makers in the world. Naturally, we’ve also got a superb selection of theatres.
From Johannesburg’s iconic Market Theatre to The Artscape in Cape Town, we’ve put together a brief directory of some of the top South African theatre venues that are worth paying a visit to in order to see some of your favourite productions, thespians, musicals, and more.
The Baxter Theatre
The Baxter Theatre Centre has been unwavering in its commitment to presenting theatre in a way that is open and accessible to all. The Baxter Theatre Centre, designed by the award-winning architect Jack Barnett, opened on 1 August 1977. It came into being as the result of a bequest from the late Dr William Baxter who, in his will, bequeathed R553 866 to the University of Cape Town for the purpose of establishing a theatre. Throughout its history, the Baxter has been home to almost all of South Africa’s and other international leading actors, producers and directors, presenting programmes from local and international repertoires – from classics to cutting-edge.
The theatre has been home to some of South Africa’s most loved productions. John Kani and Winston Ntshona performed Waiting for Godot, Sizwe Banzi is Dead and The Island, while Kani also performed Waiting for Godot with Pieter-Dirk Uys – this was Uys’ first appearance at the Baxter in 1979. Winston Ntshona and Peter Piccolo were also in the cast. In 1985, Kani performed Miss Julie with Sandra Prinsloo, which caused great uproar in apartheid South Africa – it was the very first on-stage kiss between and black man and white woman. With death threats and banning orders, the government tried everything in their power to prevent the production from being staged in local theatres. The play went on to become the first SA production to be invited for performance at the Edinburgh Festival. The Baxter’s production of Miss Julie scooped all the top awards at the festival in 2012.
Address: Baxter Theatre Centre, Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Email enquiry: Google Forms
Phone: 021 685 7880