Artscape Theatre Centre


Artscape-300x224DF Malan St, Foreshore
The Artscape Theatre Centre is the ‘official’ theatre of the Western Cape and has seen productions such as Phantom of the Opera, Jersey Boys and Cats, as well as high profile operas and orchestral performances.  It is also home to Cape Town Opera, the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and Fine Music Radio.

History: The Artscape Theatre Centre, which belongs to the provincial administration, was opened on 19 May 1971 as the Nico Malan Theatre Centre. In line with the new South African political dispensation and the concurrent changes the complex was renamed to Artscape in March 2001.
A R 1.5 billion refurbishment and extension is planned for the Artscape for 2015.


  • 1,487-seat Opera House, with provision for 2 wheelchairs
  • 498 – 540-seat Theatre (dependant on the use of the orchestra pit), with provision for 2 wheelchairs
  • 139-seat Arena
  • several other spaces within the complex are used as needed


Facilities: Bars, attached to each venue, but no public restaurant.  Disabled facilities are available.

Parking: Available in underground parking garage of Civic Centre building after 5.30 pm to midnight on weekdays and an hour before starting time of shows at weekends at R 17. There is also on-road parking in DF Malan St and Jan Smuts St.

Contact details:

Tel: 021 410 9800
: Artscape
Twitter: @ArtscapeTheatre





Discussion9 Comments

  1. Where is the entrance to underground parking?? Coming from outside Cape Town and nervous about finding my way in the dark.

    • Hi Erika. The underground parking entrance is in Jan Smuts Street, which is the road behind the main entrance of the building.

    • Hi Yvonne. That’s great! If you want to know where you’re seated, please have a look at the seating plan on the listing for the La Traviata event on Computicket. Enjoy the show!

  2. I have been trying to find a clear seating plan for the theatre. Very difficult to book when one can’t see what seats are where

  3. jackita harrison

    I want a ticket please to see madame butterfly in capetown, so africa
    9/27/13…please reply.

  4. What about a map to show the entrance to this car park.

    I think it has been 20+ years since I was there last. Also visitors to Cape Town would appreciate more detailed information.


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