Most of us can agree that cinemas and theatres have always been great destinations if you’re looking for entertainment. With the cold weather creeping in, it feels like the perfect time to hide from winter and attend one of Cape Town’s world class theatres. So, without much further ado, here are our four favourite theatres for you to consider this winter:
The Fugard theatre is named after South Africa’s most significant and internationally acclaimed playwright, Athol Fugard. Located right next to the District Six Museum, the theatre has a reputation to showcase only the greatest international theatre productions. Plays they have brought to Cape Town include Rocky Horror Picture Show, Blood Brothers and their most recent triumph, Funny Girl. Not only that, but it also has a bioscope that screens world-class cinematic masterpieces in a comfortable setting. Due to its prime location, you can either enjoy a drink and some delicious Portuguese cuisine at the Diaz Tavern, or if you’re feeling sweet, you can grab a bite to eat at the famous Charly’s Bakery, which are both right opposite the theatre.
Have a look at their current season and book your tickets here.
If you’re looking for an experience that you simply won’t find anywhere else, head to Gate 69. South Africa’s premier cabaret theatre opened its doors only last year. You’ll be welcomed personally by your gracious host and main act for the evening before you enter the venue’s private bar area to enjoy a finely crafted cocktail. Once the bell rings, you’ll be escorted to the intimate performance hall that seats 80 - 90 people to experience a jam-packed production that will leave you giggling for the rest of the week. With great food, choreography and comedy at its finest, this is a theatrical experience you won’t want to miss!
The theatre is also a perfect venue for memorable corporate or social events. To learn more about Gate69 and what they have to offer in their programme or for hire, visit their website.
The Labia Theatre has been one of Cape Town’s greatest cultural experiences since 1949, making it the oldest independent art-repertory cinema in South Africa. It was originally an Italian Embassy ballroom, which became a theatre, and eventually it was transformed into a cinema. It has barely changed over the last 40 years, and offers genuine old-school charm, while they showcase a mix of four modern and alternative films each week.
Next time the rain is pouring, we advise treating yourself to a Vodka or Gin slushy, some fresh popcorn and a distracting movie! They’ve partnered with their neighbouring restaurants Sociéti Bistro, Knead, and Dive Café, to offer affordable ‘Labia dinner specials’. These allow you to enjoy an affordable dinner for two, and take your bill to the Labia for 2 free movie tickets! These specials run seven days a week and for information on each week’s special, film schedule and ticket prices, visit the Labia website.
Cape Town Magic Club
The Cape Town Magic Club is Africa’s premier magic theatre, and one of the latest theatrical additions to hit the streets of Cape Town. It offers you the opportunity to dive into a world of illusion in one of the most beautiful, yet mysterious venues!
Before the show, we recommend you enjoy a drink or two at the theatre’s private bar along with the magical acts. After that, you will be guided to the intimate performance hall hidden behind a secret passageway in a historical building on Queen Victoria Street. Here you will find awesome masters of illusion from South Africa and around the globe, performing their own unique tricks to leave you stunned. The 50-seat theatre is only open on Mondays, so we encourage booking your tickets as soon as possible by clicking here.
Now that you know what your theatre options in Cape Town are, use the cold weather to your advantage and get your cultural fix this winter!