Designed by Hans and Roelof Botha, the theatre was completed in 1981. Situated on the Corner of Sisulu Street and Pretorius Streets, the Theatre covers the Eastern portion of the block. Housing five Theatres, it was at one time the largest Theatres of its kind in the Southern hemisphere. It forms a huge Cultural Venue showcasing; Dance, Drama and Music with 2 Bars, a Restaurant and a Museum. Works by South African Artists, decorate the walls and foyers of the Theatre. It is Wheelchair Accessable.
The South African State Theatre saw the birth of, and was the driving force behind, the establishment of the Performing Arts, in all spheres in South Africa. The Theatre today plays a leading role in the development of the Performing Arts, and is host to the colourful variety of Entertainment found in the diverse Cultures of this wonderful Country.
The opening of the Theatre Complex in May 1981 was a milestone in South African Theatre and marked the beginning of great things to come. In 2000 The Theatre re-opened as a Receiving House and has been host to blockbuster shows like: 'Cats, Sarafina!, The Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music', to name but a few. The South African State Theatre has an important and necessary part to play in the daily lives of everyone and is definitely here to stay!
The South African State Theatre is a National flagship that facilitates the Arts and Entertainment and encourages diverse Cultural provision; we seek to play a unique and vital role in the cultural life of the Nation, the Province of Gauteng and the City of Tshwane.
The South African State Theatre seeks to present the very best Performing Arts work from the Local Community, the Province, the Country and from around the World. They seek to provide a programme in which their own produced work is of the highest standard and accessibility and complements the presented work, by providing Development Opportunities for Emerging Arts Practitioners, to Learn and Perform, within the context of their programmes.
The Theatre provides Audience Development Programmes for new audiences. By experiencing the work and continuing to Develop, their unique Theatre Facilities. This is done through, upgrading and maintaining the artistic ambitions for excellence. As well as a passion for welcoming audiences, from across South Africa’s diverse Population.
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