ABOUT THE BAXTER
The Baxter Theatre Centre provides an exciting forum for the celebration of life which is the essence of live theatre, music and dance. It is one of the major live theatre venues in Cape Town and has always been at the forefront of the performing arts both as a popular venue and as a leading producer. Follow the link to see a list of the many awards that productions at the Baxter have received over the years.
The Baxter Theatre Centre
The Baxter from the air
The Baxter main foyer and restaurant
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The Baxter Theatre Centre at the University of Cape Town endeavours to present and host the best of South African performing arts. The objective is to reflect the cultures of all the people of South Africa on our stages and in our foyers and galleries. We envisage a vibrant cultural centre developing an interactive relationship with our local and university communities. We strive to present cutting-edge and major works from South Africa and masterpieces from the international repertoire.
The Baxter Theatre Centre, designed by Jack Barnett, opened on 1 August 1977. It came into being as the result of a bequest from the late Dr W. Duncan Baxter who, in his will, bequeathed an amount of money to the University of Cape Town for the purpose of establishing a theatre which would, in the words of Dr Baxter, "develop and cultivate the arts in Cape Town and the adjacent districts".
Since its opening in 1977 the complex has continued to provide a stage for all types of professional entertainment - music, drama, ballet, opera and intimate theatre. Even through the difficult years of racial segregation its doors remained open to everyone and it thrived, drawing on indigenous talent and creating a uniquely South African theatre tradition.
The Baxter Theatre Centre consists of:
- Theatre with 666 seats
- Concert Hall with a fine Von Beckerath organ and seating for 638
- the intimate Golden Arrow Studio Theatre with 172 seats.
In recent years two new venues have been added:
- Flipside, which uses the stage of the Theatre, with the audience sitting in the rear stage area, and seats 203
- Masambe Theatre, accessed from the Main Road entrance or the car park, with 60 seats
All are located in the one building and are available to hire, thus enabling the Baxter Theatre Centre to be a superb venue for theatrical productions and conferences.
Enquiries regarding the use of the Baxter for theatrical productions and conferences should be directed to Nicolette Moses - Tel. and fax: 021 680 3988 (International +27 21 680 3988) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Designed by a Cape Town graphic artist, the Baxter emblem is inspired by the large bronze sculpture that stands outside the main foyer. The sculptor, Bruce Arnott, chose a mysterious Sphinx gazing inscrutably into space as his subject because he felt this to be a symbol particularly appropriate to the theatre and its historic magical and religious origins.