Market Theatre Jozi : Theatres in Johannesburg

The original Market Theatre was built in 1913 and the theatre established by Mannie Manim and Barney Simon in 1976. The Market Theatre houses some of the best performing artists in South Africa through various disciplines including theatre, music, dance and the allied arts.

The Market Theatre does not rest on its laurels though and, as it focuses on the future, it continues to present new, engaging and bold productions that entertain and assist audiences to understand South Africa’s development in its third decade of democracy. It is shows like this that you can watch when you have a night out in the centre of the Newtown Cultural Precinct. Close by are the South African Breweries Museum, the Worker’s Museum as well as Museum Africa, all very well worth a visit.


These efforts were acknowledged in 1995 when the American Jujamcyn Award was bestowed upon the little theatre. The Jujamcyn Awards have, for more than two decades, honoured resident theatre organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the development of creative talent in the theatre. Artistic excellence at the Market has been recognised by a further 21 international and over 300 South African theatre awards. The Market Theatre has gained an international reputation with shows like “Sophiatown” thrilling overseas audiences.

The Theatre complex houses three theatres, an art gallery, a bar and the second Moyo restaurant which has become a firm favourite as a dining experience. Kippies International Jazz Club is also legendary. This swinging night spot, named after South African saxophonist, Kippie Morolong Moeketsi, features local and international musicians and the soulful strains of musical instruments can be heard in the area well into early morning hours.

Contact details:
Tel: 011 832 1641

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