Must see entertainment in Cape Town

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    Alexander Bar & Café

    Playwright Nicholas Spagnoletti and software engineer Edward van Kuik are the driving duo behind this fun, eccentric space in a gorgeous heritage building…

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    Baxter Theatre Centre

    Since the 1970s the Baxter has been the focus of Capetonian theatre. There are three main venues at the centre – a 674-seat theatre, a concert hall and a…

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    Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

    Don't miss taking a picnic and some bubbly to one of these wonderful outdoor concerts, staged in the stunning botanical gardens beneath Table Mountain on…

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    Café Roux

    The City Bowl has been crying out for a quality live-music venue for a while and it's taken Café Roux (which already runs a successful operation in…

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    Isivivana Centre

    Decorated with giant art murals by Breeze Yoko and Falko One, this new cultural and community centre is worthy of a look in its own right. However you'll…

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    Theatre on the Bay

    A great venue for an evening of lighthearted theatrical entertainment, offering everything from comic plays to classic musicals.

  • Fugard Theatre

    Named in honour of Athol Fugard, South Africa’s best-known living playwright, this very impressive arts centre was created from the former Congregational…

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    Cape Philharmonic Orchestra

    The grand auditorium to the rear of the old City Hall has very good acoustics that are taken advantage of by this orchestra and accompanying local choirs…

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    Newlands Cricket Ground

    Newlands would be a shoo-in for the title of the world’s prettiest cricket ground – if it weren’t for a nearby mega-brewery messing up the view towards…

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    Galileo Open-Air Cinema

    Most Wednesday evenings from November to April, you can watch a movie outdoors in Kirstenbosch gardens (entry is from 6pm; movies start between 7.30pm and…

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    A Capetonian treasure and lifeline to the independent movie fan, the four-screen Labia is named after the old Italian ambassador and local philanthropist…

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    Kalk Bay Theatre

    One of the city’s intimate dinner-and-a-show venues, this theatre is housed in an atmospheric converted church. You don’t need to eat here to see the…

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    Masque Theatre

    The program at this small theatre (seating 171) changes on a pretty regular basis, veering from stand-up comedy and live music to musical revues and more…

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    Studio 7 Sessions

    These bimonthly live gigs, going since 2010, are hosted in unique, unusual venues throughout the city and surrounds. They mix new, up-and-coming artists…

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    Galileo Open Air Cinema

    From November to April, this open-air cinema sets up shop on Thursday nights to screen classic and crowd-pleasing movies on the croquet lawn next to the…

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    Consisting of three different-sized auditoriums, this behemoth is the city’s main arts complex. Theatre, classical music, ballet, opera and cabaret shows …

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    Maynardville Open-Air Theatre

    It wouldn’t be summer in Cape Town without a visit to Maynardville Park’s open-air theatre to see some Shakespeare. Bring a blanket, pillow and umbrella,…

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    Marco’s African Place

    Marco Radebe’s highly popular African restaurant (mains R130 to R170) offers top-class entertainment from a range of singers, dancers and bands each night…

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    Daily Music Show

    More than just a live music performance, this nightly show aims to offer visitors an insight into Cape Town's cultural heritage with the chance to meet…