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An Artistic Escape

ballet-335493_1920The Artscape Theatre Centre is a prime spot to indulge in the luxury Cape Town cultural scene, from Afrikaans drama to acting workshops and everything in between.  The centre is perfectly placed to serve the Cape’s performing arts, film, tourism, entertainment, conference and exhibition industries.

Located on DF Malan Drive, on the foreshore between Table Mountain and Table Bay, this venue has been a popular hub for everything related to the performing arts for the last four years, and is a popular choice for world class productions, backed by high tech sets, locally made costumes and an expert team of theatre technicians.

Built in 1971 and originally called the D.F. Malan Theatre Complex, this iconic building has been part of the Cape Town landscape for many years and has always led the charge for racial equality in the performing arts. Today Artscape remains a staunch supporter of discovering and developing young South African talent from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Artscape complex features several different purpose-built venues:


  • The Opera House auditorium seats 1487 people with 8 balcony rows, floor seating, a main stage, rear stage, two side stages and an orchestra pit accommodating up to 80 musicians.
  • The Auditorium seats up to 520 guests with 16 rows of seats and an orchestra pit for 20 musicians.
  • The Arena consists of a raked auditorium which can seat 139 people and has an open-ended stage.
  • A cosy place for pre-performance drinks, the Arena Bar is at street level and often hosts private parties and art exhibitions.
  • Several foyers, halls, rehearsal rooms a piazza and large garden spaces are also available for hire.
  • The unique Maynardville Open-Air Theatre, well-known for its presentations of Shakespeare in the park, is also part of the Artscape offering.


During September the complex will be featuring Hinterland, which deals with the complex relationship between Cecil John Rhodes and his secretary Plaatjie, during the Anglo-Boer War. The WeCCMA 2016 Choral Music Eisteddfod takes place on 4 September, Sleeping Beauty Ballet takes to the stage from 2 to 18 September, the charity performance Dancers Love Dogs is featured on 6 September, and you can enjoy An Evening with Aurora on 16 September.

No matter when you plan to visit Cape Town, it is well worth looking up what is on the go at Artscape.

While in town why not make your night at the Theatre a full weekend of luxury and stay at one of the many luxury apartments  Cape Realty has to offer

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