South African State Theatre, Pretoria

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South African State Theatre, Pretoria

South African State Theatre, Pretoria
South African State Theatre, Pretoria

The huge State Theatre complex in Church Street in Pretoria / Tshwane, with its five theatres and huge public square, opened in 1981 as a non-profit, government funded company famous for lavish productions that saw overseas opera singers and ballet dancers grace the huge main stage alongside a permanent opera ensemble and chorus, ballet company, dance company, drama company, and all the departments necessary to support a working theatre.

Today the State Theatre continues to host a variety of blockbuster shows and local talent, but not before a rather embarrassing ‘mothballing’ in 2000, due to a loss of millions of rands in an investment scam, and with it, the loss of hundreds of jobs. Theatres in the country, including the State Theatre, which re-opened its doors the following year, are now dependent on public funding and tend to suffer from a rather politically conservative approach to theatre that produces ‘safe’ and politically correct theatre in a bid to please the board, rather than the public.

But theatre continues to grow. If anything, those aspects of theatre that were once taken for granted have had to find ways of creating a platform, and the State Theatre carries on hosting wonderful productions that draw crowds on a regular basis.

The centrally situated State Theatre can accommodate almost any performance or special event and does so on a regular basis. From international conferences, festivals, product launches, film festivals and fashon shows, the complex also reguarly features world-class shows ranging from Opera, Ballet, Musical, Drama, Cabaret and Children's Theatre.

Address: Corner of Prinsloo and Pretorius Streets, Pretoria City Centre, Gauteng.

South African State Theatre

Stay Overnight

For accommodation prior to or after your visit to the South African State Theatre, please visit Muckleneuk Accommodation, Clydesdale Accommodation and Arcadia accommodation. For accommodation in other suburbs in Pretoria, see Pretoria Accommodation or Pretoria Hotels. If you are interested in taking a guided tour of Pretoria which will include visits to other significant attractions see Pretoria Tours or view the layout of the city of Pretoria by viewing the Pretoria Map.

South African State Theatre

Things to Do

Sunday Morning Concerts

Where: South African State Theatre, Pretoria
How much (per person): On Request

Sunday Morning Concerts at the South African State Theatre - The Black Tie Ensemble has always set a high standard for its Sunday Morning Co ... more information

South African State Theatre

Attractions / Activities nearby

Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary

If you grew up in the vicinity of Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary, you will remember a time, during the 1970s, when the pink backed pelican bred here; and crowds of people came from all over Tshwane to watch the thousands of egrets, part of a large heronry that also developed here, come to roost in the ... more information

Pretoria National Zoological Gardens

This is one of the most famous zoos in the world and the largest in South Africa. The most interesting feature of the zoo is the aquarium and reptile park. Visitors can also take a ride in the famous cable cars which provide excellent views of the zoo and city. See the koala bear from Australia ... more information

Union Buildings

Designed by Sir Herbert Baker and completed in 1913. Considered by many to be the architect's greatest achievement & South Africa's architectural masterpiece. This was the setting for President Nelson Mandela's historic inauguration in 1994. The spacious, terraced gardens command fine views of the city ... more information

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South African State Theatre, Pretoria - The centrally situated State Theatre can accommodate almost any performance or special event