Live theater in Cape Town is booming. These days there are often several notable local and international performances underway in the city throughout the year. Whether you’re looking for a high-profile production or a niche, offbeat performance, chances are you’ll find it at one of these Cape Town live theater venues.
The Artscape is one of Cape Town’s original and biggest theaters, and it is usually home to the bigger, high-profile shows in town. The venue, in the city’s foreshore area, dates back to 1971, and is full of regal character. But most head to the Artscape for its wide selection of events: everything from international musicals to ballet and opera have graced the stages here.
D.F. Malan St, Foreshore, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 (0)21 410 9800
The Baxter Theatre is another Cape Town institution that plays host to some of the city’s bigger theatrical runs. Situated in the suburb of Rondebosch, it’s a convenient location for those residing in the Southern Suburbs. The theater played an important role during Apartheid years by showing controversial multi-racial performances, and these days you’re likely to find ballets, musicals, comedies, and dramas.
Main Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 (0)21 685 7880
Theatre on the Bay, in the glitzy suburb of Camps Bay, is a great dinner and a show option along the Atlantic Seaboard. The shows there are diverse, from cabarets and comedies to musicals and pantomimes, and the unique venue just off the Camps Bay strip makes it a perfect place for an evening of entertainment.
Link Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 (0)21 438 3301
This popular theatre in the False Bay suburb of Kalk Bay is a local favorite. With under 80 seats, it’s small enough to feel intimate, and they only present shows that work particularly well in this unique venue. Like many theaters in the city, they also serve snacks and drinks before and after the show, which means that together with a live performance, you can’t go wrong with an evening at the Kalk Bay Theatre.
52 Main Rd, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 (0)21 788 7257
The Masque Theatre in the seaside town of Muizenberg is perhaps one of the best community-style theaters in Cape Town. The large 171-seat venue often sells out, and hosts a wide variety of performances throughout the year, whereas the more intimate Foyer hosts musical performances, one-man shows, and poetry readings.
37 Main Rd, Muizenberg, South Africa, +27 (0)21 788 6999