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Visitors to our fair shores – and to dk villas’ three beautiful properties in and around Cape Town – often ask us about recommendations for entertainment, to which we say: “how much time have you got?” The truth is, Cape Town is literally bursting at the seams with thrilling entertainment, vibrant nightlife, and theatrical shows so visitors are spoiled for choice. Here, however, are our favourite Cape Town theatres for a good night’s entertainment....


Raunchy and absolutely fabulous, Gate69 is lauded as South Africa’s premier cabaret theatre, where burlesque and The Birdcage clash in flamboyant style. Guests sit down to a three-course meal while being served and entertained by out-of-this-world characters dressed to the nines in drag. Your hostess (“with the mostest”) is busty, seven-foot tall platinum blonde bombshell, Cathy Specific, who plays flight attendant to the evening’s proceeding. It’s one heck of an irreverent and hilarious ride that will send you home with cheeks and abdominal muscles aching from laughing.
Location: 87 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre


Fugard Theatre

www.thefugard.com

Located in the historic District Six in the heart of Cape Town, the Fugard Theatre is one of the Mother City’s best-loved theatres for its intimate setting and celebrated local and international shows. The Fugard, named after famous South African playwright Athol Fugard, is both a theatre and a bioscope and has seen some outrageous shows pass through its curtains, including The Rocky Horror Picture Show and, currently Kinky Boots, which is running until 2nd February 2020.
Location: Corner of Caledon & Buitenkant Street, District Six, Zonnebloem


The Labia Theatre

www.thelabia.co.za

If you’re a lover of cinema - and particularly thought-provoking, artistic cinema and ‘film noir’ - then you’ve got to experience the Labia Theatre on Orange Street in downtown Cape Town. Having just celebrated its 70th birthday anniversary, the Labia is one of the oldest independent movie theatres in the city. The films shown here are carefully selected to appeal to the Labia’s loyal following of Cape Town locals and are typically independent movies, foreign films, historical cinema and other alternative and art circuit films. The theatre itself is charming in its graceful “ancientness” and you can even take a glass of wine with you into the cinema.
Location: 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town


If you’re a lover of cinema - and particularly thought-provoking, artistic cinema and ‘film noir’ - then you’ve got to experience the Labia Theatre on Orange Street in downtown Cape Town. Having just celebrated its 70th birthday anniversary, the Labia is one of the oldest independent movie theatres in the city. The films shown here are carefully selected to appeal to the Labia’s loyal following of Cape Town locals and are typically independent movies, foreign films, historical cinema and other alternative and art circuit films. The theatre itself is charming in its graceful “ancientness” and you can even take a glass of wine with you into the cinema.
Location: 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town


Galileo Open Air Cinema

www.thegalileo.co.za

The Galileo Open Air Cinema is both an incredibly romantic experience and something the whole family will love. Every summer season, from Wednesday to Sunday night (and sometimes Tuesdays too), the Galileo Open Air Cinema sets up shop at a different venue around the Cape to screen a cult classic or modern blockbuster film under the gorgeous African night sky. Each guest is given a backrest and blanket, while vendors at the venue sell food, popcorn, hot beverages, beer, and even wine. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Simonsvlei Winery in Stellenbosch, and Kelvin Grove in Newlands are just a handful of the venues and the movies are as varied as ‘Love Actually’ to ‘E.T. The Extra Terrestrial’.
Location: Click Here for more information on upcoming shows and venues.


Pieter Toerien’s Theatre on the Bay

www.pietertoerien.co.za

Located right across the road from the glittering Atlantic Ocean on Camps Bay’s beachfront is the glamorous and opulent Theatre on the Bay. Arrive early to spend a leisurely moment sipping on a flute of champagne or a glass of wine while the sun goes down, and then take your seat in the lavish theatre for a night of performance and entertainment by top South African and international talents. This is the experience that Theatre on the Bay delivers and it begins at the entrance with the theatre’s striking façade and continues right through until the curtain goes down. If you’re hungry, grab a nibble at the Sidedish Theatre Bistro and if you’re in the mood for a real special spoil, why not book yourself and your partner into the Bill Flynn VIP Room?
Location: Link Road, Camps Bay


Alexander Upstairs Theatre

www.alexanderbar.co.za/shows-upstairs/

Upstairs from Alexander Bar, a sexy, intimate, and somewhat vintage watering hole on Strand Street in downtown Cape Town, you’ll find this, well, sexy intimate, and somewhat vintage theatre! It’s a place carpeted with Persian threads, dressed with plush red sofas, and frequented by people wearing suspenders and moustaches. The theatre is an intimate performance space that is completely separate from the bar area and it’s here that raw and honest performances of drama, comedy, cabaret, jazz, acoustic sessions, and readings are delivered to an enraptured audience. Afterwards, you’d be doing yourself and all of humanity a disservice if you didn’t enjoy a drink or three in the beautiful vintage bar downstairs.
Location: 76 Strand Street, Cape Town City Centre


The Artscape Theatre

www.artscape.co.za

One can’t sing the praises of Cape Town’s beloved theatres without paying homage to the Artscape Theatre because in terms of scale and grandeur, it really is without peer. From ballet to rock concerts and Shakespeare reimagined to Disney on Ice, the Artscape’s four theatres are the home of spellbinding theatrical entertainment in Cape Town. And, of course, what is a night at the theatre without a little pre-show beverage? Naturally, there are plenty of bars throughout the theatre complex and a café if you can order food from, although our recommendation is to book an early dinner at one of Cape Town’s fabulous restaurants beforehand.
Location: D.F. Malan Street, Foreshore, Cape Town

And more….
There are other theatres and cinemas in Cape Town, such as the Kalk Bay Theatre, Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch, Maynardville Open Air Theatre in the Southern Suburbs, and Masque Theatre in Muizenberg. But those we have mentioned above are our tried-and-tested favourites. We suggest that you experience them all!