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Baxter Theatre

Of all the theatres in Cape Town, this is perhaps one of the most interesting design-wise. Part of the campus of the University of Cape Town (UCT), this ostensibly anti-apartheid theatre was designed in the Seventies by renowned Cape Town architect, Jack Barnett; opened in 1977, it’s considered an iconic architectural landmark, a facebrick block informed by the Arts and Craft Movement and inspired by the early-twentieth century National Romantic Movement in Scandinavia. Cascading down three floors, the main entrance staircase deposits you in a vast foyer while high above are the theatre’s dis- tinctive orange fibreglass dome-lights. The Baxter strives to stage a dynamic and far-reaching programme, from Shakespeare to classical music to serious political theatre. The main theatre seats 666 people, and there’s a large concert hall and smaller studio theatre upstairs. The theatre bar is where performers gather after all major productions, so the place for a late-night drink if you’re keen to mingle with thespians.

Baxter Theatre Centre, Main Road, Rondebosch,
Southern Suburbs
+27 21 685 7880
Opening Times
Box office hours: Mon-Sat, 9am-start of performances
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