Joburg has a wide and varied entertainment scene from large venues in the casino complexes surrounding all sides of the city to the most intimate of venues. The Johannesburg Art Gallery, Standard bank and Absa Art Galleries, the Thompson, Goodman and Circa Galleries and the Wits and UJ Art Galleries all offer a rich insight into the creative arts.
The Theatre on the Square, sponsored by Old Mutual and located at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, has been presenting a wide variety of theatre and music on a smaller scale (it’s a 200-seater). They also offer dinner-and-show specials in conjunction with some of the restaurants on the Square, including the chic African-themed Lekgotla which offers a number of exotic dishes from the African continent.
Montecasino holds the reputation for the best entertainment, including the award for “Best destination to take out-of-towners”. Even if you’re not interested in losing your money (gambling of course) there’s an array of shops, cinemas and a large variety of restaurants, either inside the complex or outside surrounding the piazza. Alongside the piazza is Teatro which is home to large-scale musicals, whilst two smaller venues, Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre & Studio stage more commercial plays, the smaller musicals and intimate one-man shows.
The Market Theatre houses three theatres, a bar, an art gallery and the second of the famous Moyo restaurants. The Market Theatre complex is also home to Kippies International Jazz Club, a superb jazz venue, modelled on an old Victorian toilet and named after the legendary saxophonist, Kippie Morolong Moeketsi. This intimate jazz club features live performances by local and international acts and is guaranteed to keep the patrons swinging till the wee hours of the morning. The complex still retains the ambience and spirit of a marketplace.
Joburg’s two universities contribute to the performing arts scene by providing a platform for more cutting-edge and experimental productions - not only student but professional companies as well. The Wits Theatre and the UJ Arts Centre.
Whats On - Arts and Theatre
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The most prominent venue for music is the Linder Auditorium, a home base for the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Johannesburg Musical Society. The top live music venue is Baseline in Newtown – check out their website for jazz, blues, reggae, hip-hop and Afro-beat.
Friendship, good food, wine and brilliant entertainment - this is where it all comes together! The Barnyard started as a homely, rustic farm theatre in Plettenberg Bay where friends and family could be entertained and eat, drink and talk into the small hours of the morning. While each theatre is a product of its individual setting, they all retain the quaint rustic charm of the original farm theatre's humble beginning