The Baxter Theatre Centre is a vibrant, multicultural entertainment hub in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. Nestled under the striking Devil’s Peak mountain and at the foot of the University of Cape Town, the Baxter boasts a world-class theatre and concert hall, as well as a studio stage, rehearsal rooms, offices, a restaurant and bars and an impressive spacious foyer.
Built in 1976, the Baxter was a pillar of hope during the apartheid era. By leveraging its strong relationship with UCT, the theatre was able to present multiracial, progressive work at a time when all other non-racial interactivity was banned or censored. The first interracial kiss ever on a South African stage took place during the Baxter’s first production of Miss Julie in 1985, while today our version of Mies Julie storms theatres all around the world.
The Centre is within walking distance of the vibrant student shopping centre of Rondebosch. Coffee shops, gyms, restaurants are easily accessible and the railway station is only minutes away.
Some things you should know when you visit the Baxter:
Patrons cannot be admitted after the start of performances. However, under certain conditions, latecomers may be seated at the discretion of the Front of House Manager at an appropriate interval in the performance. Please check your tickets for starting times early to avoid difficult situations.
Secure parking is available in the parking lot next to the Baxter and above it (on the UCT Middle Campus). There is a charge of R10 per vehicle during peak evening performances in the main Baxter parking lot.