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South African State Theatre, Pretoria

south african state theatre pretoriaIn the heart of the capital Pretoria, The South African State Theatre is much more than just a complex of theatres. Functioning as a receiving house this unusual, stylish, centrally situated venue can accommodate almost any performance, function or special event. It offers a variety of exciting venues for performances, conferences, festivals, product launches, fashion shows, film festivals, weddings, parties, matric dances and farewells, lunches and dinners. The South African States Theatre hosts world-class shows ranging from Opera, Ballet, Musical, Drama, Cabaret and Children's Theatre.

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. 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.

The South African State Theatre saw the birth of, and was the driving force behind, the establishment of the performing arts in all spheres in South Africa. The Theatre today plays a leading role in the development of the performing arts, and is host to the colourful variety of entertainment found in the diverse cultures of our wonderful country. The opening of the theatre complex in May 1981 was a milestone in South African theatre and marked the beginning of great things to come. In 2000 The Theatre re-opened as a receiving house a few years later, and has been host to blockbuster shows like Cats, Sarafina!, The Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music to name but a few.



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