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.
Originally established 40 years ago as the official performing arts council for the Western Cape, Artscape has today developed into a vibrant, multifunctional creative arts centre, offering exceptional venue facilities and specialist theatrical services. Covering an area of some 14 000 square meters, the Artscape complex consists of a fully equipped Opera House, seating 1 487, a theatre seating 540, a smaller theatre seating 140, a piazza, gardens, rehearsal rooms and ample parking. The Centre offers a full range of technical services, including a vast array of lighting and sound equipment and operators, stage, and production managers to ensure a seamless support service to users of the venues. Through the years, Artscape has developed a top notch team of wardrobe experts consisting of designers, seamstresses, milliner, wig maker, and costume artist. Its costume hiring department is the best in South Africa, with a choice of no less than 30 000 items of period and contemporary garments on offer. Artscape also has a décor studio located at a separate warehousing facility of some 12 000 square meters. The manufacturing services team consists of highly experienced set and scenic designers, carpenters, welders, painters, and prop makers.
Address: D.F. Malan Street, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001
Phone: +27 21 410 9800