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The city's showpiece theater (formerly known as the Nico Malan Theatre), Artscape was officially opened in May 1971, and became the home of the Cape Performing Arts Board (CAPAB). It has staged numerous opera, ballet, drama and music productions since, but has also been the scene for fashion shows, charity balls, art exhibitions and trade fairs. It offers a busy performance schedule with entertainment provided most Tuesday's to Saturday's.
Built in 1905 in the Italian Renaissance style and situated in Darling Street, lies the magnificent Cape Town City Hall. Its 39 bells, the largest carillon in Southern Africa, ring out from the 61 meter high tower on special occasions, giving it the reputation of being a mini replica of London's Big Ben. The organ, with its 3165 pipes, is the pride of the Grand Hall. Sir George Martin, who constructed the organ at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, is responsible for its design. The City Hall today is home to the Cape Town Municipal Library.
The Fugard Theatre is an elegant theater with a capacity of 335 spectators. The theater was named after the renowned and internationally acclaimed South African playwright Athol Fugard. Located within the historic property this theater impresses the audience with its old-world charm. However, the theater has high-tech amenities and assures a great theater experience. So, take a break from your regular schedule and enjoy an entertaining evening at Fugard Theatre.
Originally a tram shed, then a converted into a cinema, this Camp's Bay venue is today a stage for anything from farces and dramas to light comedies. South Africa's best and most recognized actors perform here regularly in local versions of internationally known productions. There is a cosy bar and a good restaurant. Theatre On the Bay is wheelchair-friendly, but do call to make prior arrangements. Check website for schedule details.
The Baxter was established in 1960 when the University of Cape Town inherited money to establish a theater to develop arts in Cape Town and adjacent districts. The main theater has staged local and international productions, musicals and dance. The Concert Hall, is perfect for both serious productions and experimental theater. A small studio can accommodate smaller events. The Sennheiser system provides for those with impaired hearing, and Medidrama gives free medical service to all patrons. Businessmen can host conferences and meetings at this venue.
The Barnyard Theater which is located within the premises of the very popular shopping center Willowbridge, is one of the most recognized theaters in Cape Town. This dinner theater does not limit itself to plays and dramas but has other events such as music festivals, rock shows, revues and more. The theater serves drinks and if required one can get their own supper to the theater, from one of the restaurants in the center. A lovely place to get an insight into what the South African culture is all about. To learn more about upcoming events, do visit their website.