The Capital City already offers residents and visitors so much to see and do in terms of cultural activities that it’s often difficult to decide on where to go – not that we’re complaining!
This month we’re focusing on theatre – from dramatic productions to comedy and musicals. It may not all be your cup of tea, but the shows and productions change constantly, and the level of local talent is impressive, to say the least. We’ve narrowed down the list of theatres worth visiting in Pretoria – some traditional, some unconventional.
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THE SOUTH AFRICAN STATE THEATRE
The icon of performing arts in the Capital, which has played home to theatrical greats such as Cats, Sarafina and The Phantom of the Opera – the South African State Theatre, has been in existence since 1981. Considered as one of the greatest performing arts facilities in Africa, the State Theatre encompasses all genres including comedy, dance, drama, festivals, concerts, musicals, opera and even poetry and jazz, ensuring a diverse program of events. The Theatre is also home to a restaurant, lounge, bar as well as a shop and gallery, ensuring plenty of entertainment while waiting for the show to start.
320 Pretorius Street, Pretoria
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THE ATTERBURY THEATRE
Situated in a prime location within the Lynnwood Bridge Retail development, Atterbury Theatre is used both as a classic concert hall, whilst simultaneously being optimally designed acoustically for modern shows and conferences. With show lineups that vary from music to plays and comedy to dance, the theatre caters for all genres, ages and preferences. The centre itself has a number of restaurants and coffee shops for pre-show dinners and post–show coffees and “ones for the road”.
Lynnwood Bridge Retail, Corner of Lynnwood Road and Daventry Street
DIE BLOU HOND RESTAURANT THEATRE AT CASA TOSCANA
Dinner Theatre as a concept is on the rise in South Africa! Casa Toscana Lodge is home to Die Blou Hond Restaurant Theatre, a unique and intimate theatre which offers guests interactive, engaging entertainment. With monthly shows featuring some of the best in South African entertainment, guests can book for a buffet dinner prior, making it an ideal venue option for parties and events – better yet, there is accommodation on site so guests don’t need to drive home afterwards.
5 Darling Road, Lynnwood, Pretoria
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If you’re looking for an unconventional theatre option, then why not have a night out at Beefcakes. Burgers served by topless waiters followed by theatrical entertainment from the resident drag queens – which can only mean an evening of laughter and sheepish grins. With themed shows on Wednesday and Thursday nights and Dinner Theatre on Friday and Saturday evenings, it’s a perfect location for parties and group dates. R300 gets you in for the theatre show plus dinner and with R40 cocktails between 16h00 and 19h00 for their Happy ‘Hour’ we suggest you pack your feather boa and head straight there after work!
Club Centre, Dely Road, Hazelwood