Tourism, Accommodation and Historical Attractions in Durban, South Africa
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The Natal Playhouse
The Playhouse is the province's premier theatre complex and is widely regarded as one of South Africa's most beautiful.
The resident Playhouse Company not only participates in current productions but also takes mobile theatre to schools and provides resources for community productions.
The complex was originally the Tudor style Playhouse and the adjacent Moorish style Colosseum but in 1986, after extensive renovations, the new complex was opened.
In addition to the more adult theatre offerings, the Theatre Cats put on shows for kids aged between 6 and 12 once a month over the weekends (031 369 4488).
On Saturday mornings, Steps into Dance holds ballet/dance classes for children of 9 years and up (031 369 9433).
The complex now hosts ballet, opera, return overlibma, comedy and just about any other type of performing art. Consult the local press for current productions. Guided tours are available (Tues. 10.00) that cover front of house, the history of the theatre and other aspects that are involved in bringing a production to the stage.
1225 seats, Elizabethan interior façade, large productions and musicals
200 seats experimental and community Theatre
130 seats: intimate
The Alhambra Room:
functions and recitals
The Tudor Room:
Smith St. opposite the City Hall. 369 9555
Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre
A modern, well equipped theatre used for smaller productions. The theatre hosts the annual Durban Film Festival.
Situated on the University of Natal campus on the Berea. Near the theatre is the PieterScholtz Open Air Theatre, used for children's plays.031 260 2296
The Actors' Co-operative
The Co-op specializes in zany, slapstick children's theatre. It has performed at both the BAT Centre and the Playhouse but enjoys entertaining kids close up. It is available for fêtes and parties and malls.
The KwaSuka Theatre
The theatre consists of a tiered auditorium for up to 115 people, the Livingston Amphitheatre where each year, there is a six month run of plays for younger audiences (Apr - Nov. Suns. 11.00 15.00) and Saturday morning creative art classes for young people.
53 Stamford Hill Road. 031 309 2236
Other Theatre in Durban:
Asoka Theatre, University of Durban Westville
Used for university productions and Indian works.
The BAT Centre
The Botanic Gardens
A lovely venue used by the Natal Philharmonic and for pop concerts (Chris de Burgh). Bring a picnic, a bottle of wine and enjoy the show!
The City Hall
Durban Arts lunch hour concerts and large indoor concerts (Cliff Richard, Hollies).
King's Park Rugby Stadium
Large concerts such as Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Gloria Estefan, Bryan Adams, Simply Red.
Kingsmead Cricket Oval
Smaller productions: Cliff Richard, Phil Collins.
Westridge Tennis Stadium
More intimate: Bread, Crosby, Stills and Nash.
53 Stamfordhill Road, Durban. Tel: 309 2236.
19 Owen Avenue, Mayville (opp. Westridge Tennis Stadium), Durban. 031 812 768.