Whether you're interested in watching a graceful ballet, experiencing a breathtaking opera performance, laughing yourself silly at a hilarious stand-up comedy, or are eager to see a popular production live on stage, Johannesburg is sure to have a show for you at one of its many theatres.

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Theatres in Joburg South
Theatres in Joburg North
Theatres in Joburg East
Theatres in Joburg West
Theatres in Joburg Central

Theatres in Joburg South

The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City Casino & Theme Park

Located within the Gold Reef City Casino in Ormonde, is the luxurious 1 100-seater Lyric Theatre. This theatre will give visitors the feeling of the opulence, luxury and grace in Johannesburg with its plush fittings and rich atmosphere. The Lyric Theatre presents guests with top notch entertainment live from their stage, including world-class theatre, performances from local and international musicians, ballet, comedy shows and much more.

Visit The Lyric Theatre.

The Soweto Theatre

In the vibrant cultural precinct of Jabulani, the Soweto Theatre provide a platform for up-and coming talent to showcase their arts to the public and grow confidence in their craft. The theatre boasts modern technology and ample room, making it the perfect venue to hire. A lot of shows and events are hosted, so be sure to keep an eye on their social media and website for the latest news and lineup.

Visit the Soweto Theatre.

Soweto Theatre

Image from the Soweto Theatre.

Theatres in Joburg North

The Teatro at Montecasino

The Teatro at Montecasino has played host to many world-class shows and performances from some of the best in the theatrical industry. A few worth mentioning includes the internationally acclaimed St Peterburg Ballet, Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show, Katherine Jenkins, and Chris De Burgh. At full capacity, this theatre can accommodate 1 870 people and is considered to be one of the 10 largest Lyric theatres in the world. Be sure to keep an eye out on their websites and social media platforms for upcoming productions.

Visit The Teatro at Montecasino.

The Teatro at Montecasino.

Image of The Teatro from Montecasino.

The Pieter Toerien Theatre & Studio at Montecasino

Accommodating up to 390 people, this small and intimate theatre in Montecasino is the ideal destination for top-notch comedy and live music. Walk into the foyer, and they first thing you'll notice is the glorious old chandelier from the Alhambra Theatre, which has been salvaged and now showcased as you enter the Pieter Toerien. As for entertainment, talented performers that have graced the Pieter Toerien stage includes Tim Plewman, Alan Committie, Pieter-Dirk Uys, Marc Lottering, Moira Lister and Bill Flynn, just t name a few.

Visit the Pieter Toerien Theatre & Studio.

Pieter Toerien Theatre & Studio

Image from the Pieter Toerien Theatre & Studio via Facebook.

The Theatre on the Square at Nelson Mandela Square

Within the Nelson Mandela Square, between The Butcher Shop And Grill and the Sandton Library, you'll find the Theatre on the Square. This vibrant 200-seater adds another dimension, as well as cultural enrichment, to the entertainment industry. And what's lovely about its location, is that you can enjoy your choice from a range of fine restaurants with international cuisine on the square or at the Michelangelo Hotel.

Visit the Theatre on the Square.

Theatre on the Square

Image from the Theatre on the Square via Facebook.

Theatres in Joburg East

The Big Top Arena at Carnival City

Known to host amazing concerts featuring international and local stars, sporting events, and even conference dinners and commercial launches, the Big Top Arena at Carnival City in Brakpan knows how to bring entertainment to the East Rand! Their Festival Lawns also offer the ideal location for exciting must-attend events. The casino has brought big-name family fun to Brakpan, including the Great Moscow Circus and the Aussie Circus.

Visit the Big Top Arena at Carnival City.

The Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace

The Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace is a 17 tiered auditorium, offering theatre-goers a lavish theatrical entertainment experience. Many international acts and local talents have graced their stage. To ensure that the theatre continues to showcase nothing short of spectacular, a R6-million renovation was done to guarantee that this world-class theatre remains one of Gauteng’s finest.

Visit the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace.

Theatre of Marcellus

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Theatres in Joburg West

Roodepoort Theatre

Founded in 1980, the Roodepoort Theatre is the largest theatre venue in the West Rand, and presents plenty of well-known and popular family-friendly and mainstream productions. These productions normally include hilarious comedies, dance shows, drama and theatrical performances, as well as musical tribute shows.

Visit the Roodepoort Theatre.

Roodepoort Theatre

Image from the Roodepoort Theatre via Facebook.

Barnyard Theatre at Silverstar Casino

For a unique theatre experience like no other, Barnyard Theatre Silverstar is sure to have just the thing. Most of their shows are energetic, exciting, and love to get their guests involved by dancing or even singing along. There are shows regularly showing at this theatre, all you have to do is visit their website and take a look. Plus, they have a selection of specials to ensure you get more bang for you buck. Barnyard Theatre Silverstar also makes for a fun year-end function idea.

Visit Barnyard Theatre Silverstar.

Theatres in Joburg Central

The Joburg Theatre

Everyone who has visited Braamfontein knows of the popular Joburg Theatre. This theatre offers visitors and theatre goers an exciting lineup of shows that's sure to delight audiences of all ages. Every year, their festive season pantomime productions, written and directed by Janice Honeyman, have become a highlight of the country’s theatrical calendar. The Joburg Theatre is also the permanent home to Joburg Ballet, Jill Girard and Keith Smith’s Peoples Theatre Company.

Visit the Joburg Theatre.

Joburg Theatre Complex

Image from the Joburg Theatre.

The Market Theatre

The Market Theatre in Newtown celebrates our heritage and our past, while also confidently looking and moving forward by playing a major cultural role for the African continent. This theatre remains at the forefront of producing and presenting amazing theatrical artworks complete with an authentic African artistic voice and African diversity.

Visit The Market Theatre.

Market Theatre

Image from the Market Theatre via Facebook.

What Is It?

It's time to crown the next Tammy Taylor Mrs South Africa 2019 at this year's grand finale.

The event promises to be an spectacular and unforgettable one, with all the participants looking gorgeous and dress by some talented designers. It will be perfection from start to end.

You get to enjoy a lovely dinner before the event.

Get your tickets now!

When Is It?

Friday, 8 November 2019 at 20:00

Where Is It?

The Lyric At Gold Reef City Casino, Ormonde, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R750 - R850 per person, get your ticket Here.

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What Is It?

Skhumba Hlope is back and ready to bringing us more of the chuckles, giggles and tear dropping laughter with Walk This Way With Skhumba.

This amazing show has been running for 3 years now, and the 4th one is not to be missed. Proudly supported by his radio family - Kaya FM.

This campaign aims to raise funds to provide wheel chairs for those in need. These jokes are clearly treading with care.

You don't want to miss it!

When Is It?

Thursday, 25 July 2019  at 20:00

Where Is It?

The Lyric At Gold Reef City Casino, Ormonde, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is R200 - R385 per person, get your tickets Here.

For More Information

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What Is It?

The MDSA (Miss, Mr & Mrs Deaf SA) will be hosted their annual pageant evening at the Lyric Theatre this August. The theme for the evening is Moulin Rouge as the contests hope to exemplify the MDSA motto - a beautiful heart speaks a language that everyone can see. Join in on the glamour, fun and camaraderie of the evening at Joburg's only opera-style theatre. Enjoy a complimentary welcome drink at the door.

When Is It?

Saturday, 31 August 2019 at 16:00 - 21:00.

Where Is It?

Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, Ormonde, Johannebsurg South.

How Much Is It?

For ticket information, contact MDSA via email at [email protected] or on Whatsapp 078 664 8950.

For more information

Visit their website or Facebook page for more information.

Contact them on  078 664 8950 or via email at [email protected]

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 Melville Comedy Club 

The Goliath Comedy Club in Melrose Arch closed down in early May, much to the dismay of comedy fans. But, there was really no need to worry, as the Goliath's had been super busy setting up a new comedy club in trendy Melville. The Melville Comedy Club officially opened in February 2019. It is now well on its way to becoming one of the top comedy clubs in Joburg. The stage has featured big names such as Nina Hastie, Lihle Msimang, Mark Banks and of course the three Goliath's - Jason, Nicholas and Donovan. This up-and-coming comedy spot also welcomes newcomers to the comedy scene to risk it all on their stage. If you are looking for a super cool vibe and some serious laughs, check out the Melville Comedy Club.

What's On:

Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for event updates.

Details: 1, 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg | 011 431 1297 | [email protected]

Comedy Clubs

The Box Comedy

The Box Comedy is another Goliath and Goliath project. In partnership with POPArt Theatre, they bring audiences monthly comedy shows featuring the biggest and best in the industry. Hosted at the UJ Arts Centre Con Cowan Theatre, this show offers students, academics and the public an opportunity to catch the best in the business live. Tickets cost between *R30 - R100, which is a fraction of the usual price for a show like this.

What's On:

The next Out the Box Comedy event will be held at the UJ Arts Centre Con Cowan Theatre on Wednesday, 14 August 2019 at 19:30. Get your tickets here.

Follow The Box Comedy on Facebook for event updates.

Details: UJ Bunting Road Campus, Bunting Rd, Auckland Park, Johannesburg | 011 559 1476 | [email protected]

Comedy Clubs

Parkers Comedy & Jive

Parkers at Montecasino is one of the more well-known comedy clubs in the city. This house of funny has been operating since December 2008. They are now the proud home of the most authentic comedy SA has to offer. With shows from Thursday to Saturday, this place is always abuzz with eager comedians and happy audiences. Parkers is also the host of Comedy Central Africa's Laugh In Your Language.

What's On:

Your favourite 'cousin' is coming to Parkers this July. That's right, the hilarious Barry Hilton will be headlining a special one-night only show on Wednesday, 17 July 2019. Click here for more information.

Follow Parkers Comedy & Jive on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for event updates.

Details: Montecasino, 1 Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg | 011 511 0081 | [email protected]

Comedy Clubs

The Lyric Theatre

The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City is undoubtedly Joburg's premier comedy venue. Seating 1 100 guests, this opera style theatre regularly hosts comedy specials, including past Comedy Central Africa Roast events. Big comedy shows are also usually filmed here, so if you want to hear your laugh live on DVD, attend one of their events.

What's On:

Mpho Popps is bringing his new show, Black In My Day to the Lyric this August. This comic genius will take you on a journey of memory - exploring his childhood, school days and his upbringing through his unique brand of funny. The show will take place on Saturday, 24 August 2019 at 20:00. Get your tickets at Computicket.

Details: Northern Parkway &, Data Crescent, Ormonde, Johannesburg | 011 248 5168 

The Lyric Theatre

Joburg Theatre

Joburg Theatre hosts the annual Johannesburg International Comedy Festival which takes place every March. This three day comedy festival features over 50 of the best local and international stand up comedians. However, if you happen to miss this epic festival of funny, Joburg Theatre will make sure you are kept laughing all year round. They have recently introduced a monthly feature called Thugz of Comedy. Held on the last Saturday of every month, these shows are a must-see for seasoned comedy show goers looking for fresh talent to enjoy.

What's On:

Click here to see upcoming Thugz of Comedy events.

Follow Joburg Theatre on Facebook or Twitter for more information.

Details: 163 Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | 011 877 6800 | [email protected]

Comedy

Auto & General Theatre on the Square

The Auto & General Theatre at Nelson Mandela Square is a comedy lovers paradise. An intimate 200 seater venue, this theatre is ideal for stand up sets. As such, they regularly host Joburg's top comedians, including the likes of Nik Robinowitz, Ndumiso Lindi and Jason Goliath. This venue is great for date nights, too. Treat your sweetheart to a romantic dinner on the Square before hitting up a show.

What's On:

The gentleman of SA comedy, Ndumiso Lindi will be on stage at the Theatre on the Square this July. His new show, Boys Don't Cry in July, is dedicated to his father.

Alternatively, catch Jason Goliath at the theatre later in the year. He will be bringing audiences to their knees with laughter in his second one-man show, Couples Only in October.

Click here for further information and show dates.

Follow the Auto & General Theatre on the Square on Facebook or Twitter for event updates.

Details: Nelson Mandela Square, West Street, Sandton, Johannesburg | 011 883 8606 | [email protected]

Auto & General Theatre on the Square

By Tarryn Jameson

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Ignited Is A Must This Winter!

Gold Reef City is warming up this winter with a fiery new dance extravaganza, Ignited. This music and dance spectacular will take centre stage at The Lyric Theatre from Friday, 24 May 2019 until Sunday, 16 June 2019.

Ignited promises a night to remember, featuring spectacular costumes, fiery dance routines, and jaw-dropping performances by talented singers, Tracey-Lee Oliver and Nigel Morkel, who take the lead roles in this phenomenal show.

Gold Reef City

A Little Bit About The Show's Leads

Twice nominated for her performance as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls, Tracey-Lee Oliver has also blown audiences away in Motown and Knights of Music at Gold Reef City. Having worked as a session musician and casino entertainer, as well as competing in Project Fame (M-Net), Afrikaans Idols (KykNet) and, most recently, The Voice (M-Net), she is firmly on the road to stardom.

Capetonian, Nigel Morkel, is a talented dancer, singer, songwriter and actor. After studying drama at John Vander Ross in 1994, he was a member of PIC and Gods Disciples Gospel bands in 1995, became a Coca Cola Popstars finalist in 2002 and moved on to become a member of the nationally acclaimed band, Afro Z. Notably, he shared the 2004 International Hip Hop Championship trophy.

Gold Reef City

When Is It?

Ignited will be taking to the stage from Friday, 24 May 2019 - Sunday, 16 June 2019. 

Show times are as follows:

Where Is It?

The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, Northern Parkway And Data Crescent, Ormonde, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R100 per person and can be bought at www.goldreefcity.co.za or Computicket. Reward Cardholders can save from 10% on ticket purchases.

For More Information

For more information about Ignited at the Lyric and Gold Reef City’s other offerings, visit www.tsogosun.com.

You can also contact them on 011 248 5000.

Don't forget to give them a like or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with the latest events, offers and news.

What Is It?

In need of a good belly laugh? Well, look no further than the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City as Taylor Made Productions brings you their latest concept, Comedy Mash-Up, a hilarious night out with a collection of South Africa’s top comedians all on one stage. Hosted by Donovan Goliath, the show features comedy greats such as Conrad Koch (aka Chester Missing), Trevor Gumbi, Nina Hastie along with TolA$$ Mo and rising star of comedy, Lindy Johnson. This line-up presents a celebration of South Africa's diverse comedy scene. It is expected to be a non-stop laughter fest as the comics touch on the silly, the surreal, the naughty and the nice of living in a country as eclectic as ours.

When Is It? 

Friday, 10 May 2019 at 20:00.

Where Is It?

The Lyric Theatre Gold Reef City, Corner of Northern Parkway & Data Crescent, Ormonde, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R150 - R250 per person. Book tickets online via Computicket.

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What Is It?

Christmas is fast approaching, with a festive season full of exciting events and festivities to help you get into the Christmas spirit. A White Christmas 2 is such an event. This show is a one-night-only, stand-up comedy special featuring Mojak Lehoko, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Glen Biderman-Pam and Robby Collins. So why not tickle your funny bone with these four comics known for their brutal, and sometimes off-brand, sense of humour and get your tickets today!

When Is It?

Friday, 2 November 2018 at 20:00

Where Is It?

The Lyric Theatre, Corner Of Northern Parkway &, Data Crescent, Ormonde, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R110 - R360 per person and can be purchased here.

For More Information?

For more information, visit Computicket or The Lyric Theatre website.

What Is It?

Award-winning singer-songwriter Thandiswa Mazwai aka King Tha, will be performing at The Lyric Theatre once again. If you're as big a fan as we are, then you know that Thandiswa has performed all over the world, sold many albums and has collaborated with the likes of Hugh Masekela, Black Coffee, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Angelique Kidjo and many more. We love her mainly for her music and spiritual lyrics that cross genres and generations.

A letter to Azania is an intimate look at Thandiswa's early life, her influences and the politicization of the artists mind. It's what she calls a sonic memoir.

When Is It?

Saturday, 24 November 2018 at 20:00

Where Is It?

The Lyric Theatre, Corner Of Northern Parkway &, Data Crescent, Ormonde, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R250 - R500 per person and can be purchased here.

For More Information?

For more information, visit Computicket.

What Is It?

Music lovers, this is a show you don't want to miss! Paying tribute to the music legends we all loved, who passed away before their time, Gone Too Soon will be on stage for two shows ONLY at Gold Reef City this October, bringing these beloved artists back to life through their timeless music. The show will delight audiences of all ages as they celebrate the powerhouse singers that became legends through their songs over the past few decades.

Gone Too Soon

Be transported back in time and take an unforgettable journey of pure nostalgia and heart-warming moments, as homage is paid to a diverse selection of some of the greats. This includes Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Freddie Mercury, Luther Vandross, George Michael, Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Prince, Amy Winehouse, Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole, John Lennon and many more. The lineup will also feature late South African artists such as Brenda Fassie and Mandoza.

While the show pays tribute to these music icons who have left us too soon, the atmosphere will be uplifting and focus on the memories their music still evokes in all of us, as well as the impact that so many of them have made on the industry and world as a whole.

Three of South Africa’s most talented vocalists Timothy Moloi, Joseph Clark and Mariechan (of Jamali and Popstars fame) will set the stage alight as they perform these instantly recognisable hits. An exciting collaboration is the inclusion of the superb Johannesburg Youth Orchestra, who'll join the vocalists for an unforgettable musical experience.

When Is It?

From Saturday, 20 October 2018 to Sunday, 21 October 2018.

The show will take to the stage at the following times:

Where Is It?

The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City, corner Northern Parkway and Data Crescent, Ormonde, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets range from R150 – R280 and Bookings are through Computicket or www.goldreefcity.co.za or by calling The Lyric Theatre Box Office on 011 248 5000.

Discounts for senior citizens, students and scholars apply.

Gone Too Soon

For More Information

For more information about this show, visit www.tsogosun.com.

Also, follow Gold Reef City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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What Is It?

Freshlyground & the Soil - Live At The Lyric is a show where Cape Town’s legendary Freshlyground and Soweto’s finest, The Soil, are coming together for a night of pure musical magic at the Lyric Theatre. Both of these platinum selling groups are calendar highlights in their own right, but together they form a formidable line up that cannot be missed. The two groups will launch their collaboration on this night, a song called "Mna  Nalamagenge" (Me And My Crew). If you're a fan of either group or both, make sure to catch this show.

When Is It

Saturday 6 October 2018 at 20:00 - 23:00.

Where Is It?

Lyiric Theatre, Gold Reef City, Northern Parkway & Data Crescent, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets start from R250 - R685 per person and can be purchased here!

For More information?

For more information visit this Facebook page or Computicket.

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