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Posted on: Friday, 16 October 2009

Cultural Camps Bay

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I often complain there’s nothing to do in Cape Town in Winter (or after the sun sets in Summer). If this is a popular refrain in your household, an option you may be overlooking is the Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay. This intimate theatre is home to numerous local and international shows from musicals and cabaret to comedies and drama …

Theatre on the Bay

Celebrating its 12th anniversary in South Africa, Defending The Caveman (on at Theatre on the Bay until 17 October 2009) starring Alan Committie, continues to deliver time and time again with its hilarious revelations about (cave-)men and women. I was lucky enough to snap up one of the last remaining tickets, but never fear it’ll be returning next year to Johannesburg  at the main theatre at Montecasino from 23 June to 1 August 2010 and to Cape Town thereafter (so mark your calendars now as it always sells out fast).

If, like most modern cavemen you can’t plan that far ahead, here are a few other shows which will be gracing the stage at Theatre on the Bay in the coming months:

  • It Takes 2 from 20-31 October 2009
  • Love? Liefde? from 3-14 Nov 2009
  • God of Carnage from 18 November to 12 December 2009
  • Fully Committied (another comedy by Alan Committie) from 17 December 2009 to 23 January 2010.
  • The Woman In Black from 27 January to  13 February 2010

Before or after …
Take a pre-show sunset walk along Camps Bay Beach enjoying the breathtaking scenery as an opening act. Have a pre-show drink at theatre’s Coffee Lounge or Dietrich’s Bar where actors toast a nightcap with the audience post performance. On site restaurant, Act 1 Theatre Café serves dinner from a small seasonal menu before and after the show as do numerous neighbouring venues. Applaud the star studded African skies as you exit the theatre’s canopy and indulge in a cocktail from one of the buzzing pavement cafés where you can reminisce your favourite scene of the show before the sun rises and the beach steals the show back!

Where is it?
Theatre on the Bay, 1 Link Street, Camps Bay, Cape Town.
Telephone: +27 (0)21 438-3300

Useful Links:
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Helen Rushton


After living in London and travelling the world for many years and more recently living in the Mother City, I now reside on a tranquil sugar cane farm in Kearsney; an area steeped in the history of South Africa’s sugar industry. During the summer months I get involved with the community by assisting the local primary school with swimming lessons at our country club. Some of my favourite things are reading or picking freshly grown vegetables and Iceland poppies in our garden. Milly, my boxer loves her walks to the river that runs through our farm and sometimes, Sandy the cat I hand reared, joins us for a stroll!

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