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The South African theatres you should know

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 Roodepoort Theatre

Roodepoort Theatre

The Roodepoort Civic Theatre was founded in 1980. The theatre operated as a 328-seater auditorium and an 80 seater box theatre. On the initiative of its first director, Weiss Doubell, the theatre became, apart from a receiving theatre, also a producing theatre with its own production units – the Pro Musica Orchestra, Opera Company and Opera Chorus. The name of the theatre was later changed to the Pro Musica Theatre. The Theatre was initially subsidised by the Roodepoort City Council (later the City of  Johannesburg). Sponsorships had to be found to help finance its enterprises, projects such as audience development, and productions, to ensure sustainability. Up until 2008, Pro Musica presented 400 opera performances and 500 symphony concerts. In 2013 the theatre’s name was changed to the Roodepoort Theatre, under the leadership of JCT’s Chief Executive Officer, Bernard Jay. Experienced theatre practitioner, Xoliswa Nduneni Ngema, took over as CEO in July 2013.

Address: Roodepoort Theatre, 100 Christiaan de Wet Road, Florida Park, Johannesburg

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