Tel: +27 21 809 7473/7380
Fax: +27 21 809 7565

Box Office times
Weekdays: 09h00 – 16h00
Sat: 09h00 – 13h00
On any show day open from 16h00

In person
Buy tickets at the theatre box office on the day of the event.

Seating plan (click to enlarge)


Parking for wheelchair patrons must be telephonically arranged at 021 809 7380. The theatre will have an allocated parking with a personalized name as indication of the parking, as close as possible to the ticket office.

The lawn area opens at 16h00 . Come early for the best spots.

Christmas schedule
Closed on 23-27 December
Reopen 28-31 December
Closed 1-3 January
Reopen 4 January

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SWING TIME at the Ballet

8:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Price: R180, R220, R230


January 2019 sees the return of Sean Bovim’s ballet performed to music of the swinging sixties. Last seen danced by the CAPE TOWN CITY BALLET in 2007, this ballet helps you relive the past as you listen to hit tunes such as It had to be You, Unforgettable, Fly me to the Moon, Mack the Knife, Fever and The Way You Look Tonight.

Subsequent to 2007, the ballet has been performed by Bovim Ballet, but it comes back to its original home, as this was the first ballet created by Sean Bovim for the CTCB fifteen years ago. Other ballets created for the CTCB byBovim include the celebrated Queen at the Ballet, Tango Nights and Let me Entertain You.

Set against the New York skyline, the audience will be transported by the dancers’ ability to re-imagine the music of a bygone era in pure dance.

Uiteindelik is Sean Bovim se ballet SWINGTIME weer terug by die Oude Libertas Amfi. Hierdie skitterproduksie word deur die Kaapstad Balletgeselskap met energie en romantiese vloeiende bewegings uitgevoer. Vlug terug na die verlede en geniet musiek soos

It had to be You,Unforgettable, Fly me to the Moon, Mack the Knife, Fever and The Way You Look Tonight.

SWINGTIME mit Musik wie It had to be You, Unforgettable, Fly me to the Moon, Mack the Knife, Fever und The Way You Look Tonight.
Sean Bovim ist zurück mit seinen hervorragenden Tänzern und nach wie vor auf höchstem Niveau. Verbringen Sieeinen Abend unter dem Nachthimmel in Stellenbosch, genießen Sie SWINGTIME, den guten Wein und die wunderbare Musik.d die wunderbare Musik.


A night in Vienna

8:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Price: R250


Let Richard Cock and the Oude Libertas Festival Orchestra carry you away to the magical city of Vienna, as they start your year with a bang at the 2019 Viennese New Year Concert. This glittering evening will include a selection of waltzes and polkas from the Strauss family, as well as other entertaining orchestral works, and South African soprano Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi will enchant with her renditions of popular opera arias.

Die gewilde Richard Cock imponeer weer met `n konsert saam met die gevierde Feesorkes se musici. Die gewilde sopraan Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi sal die gehoor na hulle asem laat snak.

Die konsert beloof om die gehoor op `n onvergeetlike musikale reis te neem. Richard Cock is bekend vir die gemak waarmee hy uiteenlopende musikale style bemeester. Die program bied `n wye verskeidenheid van marsmusiek, polkas en walze.

Richard Cock, Cape Town Festival Orchestra und Soprano Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi werden wieder mit einem Musikprogram voller Marsch-Musik und Walzer imponieren. Dieses Program ist fast genau so wie das Waldbühnen Konzert und ist genau so beliebt! Beliebte und bekannte Melodien, Polka, und Konzertwalzer werden schwungvoll gespielt werden. Beim Radetzky-Marsch darf man, auch in Südafrika, traditionell im Takt nach Dirigent mitklatschen! Bitte zeitig vorbuchen!



8:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Price: R230


Charl du Plessis is heading to the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre with his crazy Mozart show. EINE KLEINE JAZZMUSIK is a melange of Mozart, musical madness and mischievous arrangements in a jazz style by Charl du Plessis. Music from well known Mozart operas, concertos and even some chamber music will feature the Charl du Plessis Trio with new and upcoming vocalists as well as the Mozart String Quartet. The famous Queen of the Night aria from The Magic Flute as well and extracts from famous piano concertos are amongst the musical delights that fans can savour.

Charl du Plessis is South Africa’s Piano Man and has recorded 8 CDs and 2 DVDs. He is a Steinway Artist and performs classical, jazz and pop music with some of South Africa’s leading orchestras. His trio is comprised of Werner Spies and Peter Auret. This trio was formed in 2006 and regularly tour to Switzerland, China, Holland and across Southern Africa. The Charl du Plessis Trio has been awarded a Fiësta, Ghoema and two Sama awards.

This show is sure to make your toes tap and leave a smile on any music lover’s face. Book at Computicket for EINE KLEINE JAZZMUSIK

Mozart und seine unendliche Schatzkiste von Kompositionen ist immer eine Wunderwelt. PianistCharl Du Plessis und sein Trio, machen sich ein Vergnügen daraus Jazz und Klassische Musik zu mischen. Ihnen gelingen Kompositionen von besonderer Schönheit und unwechselbarem Stil. Viele Gefühlvolle Melodien von Mozart wie Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Köningin der Nacht, aus “Die Zauberflöte“ und dasElvira Madigan Kalvierkonzert werden erklingen. Von den charismatischen Persönlichkeiten der beiden Solisten kann man nur das Allerbeste erwarten. Diese Vorführung ist nicht nur für Jazzfanatiker ein Muß, aber auch für klassische Musikfreunde aus aller Welt!


***Cancelled*** Herman van Veen – Een Harlekijn Festival

18/01/2019 - 20/01/2019
All Day


We are sorry to announce that the Harlekijn Holland Festival shows 18-20 Januaruy 2019 are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
Computicket will reimburse you for your tickets.
Thank you for your understanding.

Berichtgeving: Harlekijn Holland Festival Stellenbosch Zuid-Afrika 18-20 januari afgelast
Tot onze spijt zijn wij genoodzaakt ons Harlekijn Festival in januari aanstaande in Oude Libertas vooralsnog af te zeggen.
De voorstellingen van Herman van Veen en een twintigtal muzikanten, acteurs en dansers, kan helaas niet doorgaan omdat Herman van Veen in januari om privé omstandigheden in Nederland moet blijven. Op dit moment is de planning nog niet bekend wanneer zij wederom naar Stellenbosch kunnen afreizen.

Dit spyt ons ten diepste dat al die Harlekijn Holland Festival vertonings 18-20 Januarie 2019 a.g.v. Onvoorsiene omstandighede, gekanselleer moet word.
Computicket sal u kaartjiegelde terugbetaal.
Dankie vir u begrip.

Patrons will be reimbursed by Computicket until 19 January 2019, as many patrons are away and return to SA much later.
Please contact the theatre : theatre@oudelibertas/ 021 8097380.

About the Harlekijn Festival
Since 1996 Herman van Veen has for many reasons regularly traveled to South Africa.This year he comes with some twenty-odd musicians, actors and dancers. Besides his own concert in the Oude Libertas he will present, together with the Afrikaans singer Karin Hougaard, a number of performances he has written and directed all under the banner of The Harlekijn Holland Festival, a name borrowed from the free enterprise in the arts he founded in 1966.

Herman van Veen (born in Utrecht on 14 March 1945) plays the violin, sings, writes, composes, directs, acts, paints and is the creator of the world-famous orphaned duck Alfred Jodocus Kwak, which has been translated into 20 languages. To date he has released 184 CDs, 26 DVDs, and some 70-odd books. Van Veen has been actively involved in children’s rights for more than 50 years and was for many years goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. The numerous international awards he has received include Professor Honoris Causa from the Martin Buber University in Brussels/Kerkrade, an Honorary Doctorate from the Free University of Brussels for his humanitarian engagement, his constant position opposing all forms of injustice and his defense of free speech. Herman is the bearer of the Cross of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany, Knight in the Order of Orange Nassau and Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion. He is the father of four children and has three grandchildren.

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Pressemitteilungen Harlekijn Holland Festival Stellenbosch /Südafrika
Seit 1996 kommt Herman van Veen aus diversen Gründen regelmäßig gern nach Südafrika. 2019 kommt er mit zwanzig Musikanten, Schauspielern und Tänzern zurück. Neben seinem eigenen Konzert im Amphitheater ‘Oude Libertas’ am 19. Januar wird er zusammen mit der südafrikanischen Sängerin Karin Hougaard verschiedene Vorstellungen präsentieren, an denen er mitgearbeitet hat und bei denen er auch Regie führt. Das Harlekijn Holland Festival, erhielt seinen Namen vom 1966 gegründeten freien Kunstunternehmen Harlekijn.

Persteksten Harlekijn Holland Festival Stellenbosch Zuid-Afrika
Sinds 1996 komt Herman van Veen om alles regelmatig naar Zuid-Afrika. Dit jaar met een twintigtal muzikanten, acteurs en dansers. Naast een eigen concert in het Oude Libertas zal hij samen met de Afrikaanse zangeres Karin Hougaard een aantal voorstellingen presenteren die hij regisseerde en schreef. Onder de noemer Het Harlekijn Holland Festival. Een naam ontleend aan de vrije onderneming in de kunsten sinds 1966 Harlekijn.

Herman van Veen (Utrecht, 14 maart 1945) speelt viool, zingt, schrijft, componeert, regisseert, acteert, schildert en is de geestelijk vader van de wereldberoemde weeseend Alfred Jodocus Kwak. Vertaald in twintig talen. Van zijn hand verschenen tot op heden 184 cd’s, 26 dvd’s en een zeventigtal boeken. Van Veen zet zich al meer dan vijftig jaar actief in voor de rechten van het kind, is jarenlang goodwill-ambassadeur voor Unicef geweest en mag zich -naast de vele internationale onderscheidingen die hem ten deel vielen- Professor Honoris Causa van de Martin Buber University Brussel/Kerkrade noemen en heeft een Eredoctoraat aan de Vrije Universiteit Brussel omwille van zijn humanitaire inzet, zijn consequente houding tegen elke vorm van onrecht en zijn verdediging van het vrije woord. Herman is drager van het Verdienstkreuz am Band des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Ridder in de Orde van Oranje Nassau en Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw, vader van vier kinderen en opa van drie kleinkinderen.



8:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Price: R220


Join the 3 cellist goddesses of Rosanthorn Cello Trio for another bewitching cello experience. Rosanthorn combines the talents SAMA-Nominee Carol Thorns, Cape Town Philharmonic’s Dorette Roos and composer Anjulie Nock. Back by popular demand,this world-first all-female electric cello trio will be performing at Oude Libertas, 25 Jan 2019.

Rosanthorn have set out a compositional and technical journey to explore all that the Cello has to offer across multiple genres and timbres, with the help of South Africa’s top composers and producers. Their repertoire includes recordings and re-interpretations of works as varied as Vivaldi’s Double Concerto in G Minor, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Imogen Heap’s Hide and Seek. Their arrangement of Abdullah Ibrahim’s Mannenburg and Bright Blue’s Weeping was commissioned for the opening of Zeitz Museum Of Contemporary Art. Anjulie Nock has composed new works such as Night Journey (with a stirring Game of Thrones feel) and an original Tango. The Parting, by Helmut Meijer, is a reflective, stripped-down, soulful composition which inspired their first music video. They have recently launched their first full length album (available on I tunes) and a new music video of ‘Secrets’.

Die drei Göttinnen des Cello’s sind wieder auf der Bühne. Nach der Vorführung in der vergangen Saison haben viele begeisterte Zuhörer angedeutet das diese Gruppe wieder eingeladen werden muß. Als Meisterinnen der drei roten Cello’s, werden neue musikalisch Zipfeln erreicht! Wenn Sie das Konzert im vorigem Jahr verpasst haben , haben Sie jetzt eine letzte Chance. Das Konzert hat auch eine neue große Überraschung in der zweiten Helfte.


DNA STRINGS Homecoming

8:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Price: R220


DNA Strings return to the stage in Stellenbosch`s beloved Oude Libertas open theatre for a reunion show fifteen years after their unique style first emerged in the Boland town. Their performances moved from background music at functions and weddings, to the incredibly energetic shows they became known for. In their seven year career, they recorded three studio albums and a Live DVD, and performed at venues all over South Africa, as well as international appearances, among others the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the UKKasie Afrikaans music festival in the Royal Albert Hall.

Their mix of Flamenco, Irish and African sounds captivated audiences of all ages and always left a lasting impression. The show promises to be exactly that – memorable, energetic, and magical – consisting of all their favorites from their touring days.

DNA Strings, se energieke instrumentale manier van musiek maak is asof mens ‘n inspuiting kry en opnuut die lus vir die lewe beleef!

Die mengsel van Flamenco, Ierse and Afrika klanke laat die gehoor uit hulle hande eet. ‘n mens sit vasgevang in genot en opwinding as mens na die spul luister. Dit bly mens by lank nadat mens terugkeer na die gewone gang van die lewe. Kom kry jou inspuiting!

DNA STRINGS spielt eine Vermischung zwischen Flamenco, Afrika und Irland. Seht rhythmisch, sehr energisch und mit viel Enthusiasmus wird musiziert. Man brauch keine Sprache zu verstehen nur mittanzen und Füße stampfen kommt von selber. Bitte nicht verpassen. Sie bekommen eine Spritze von Energie, Positivität uns Lebenslust ohne stechen und Pein.


8 Seasons- Vivaldi &Piazzolla

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Price: R220 / R 250

The Eight Seasons
The concept of “The Eight Seasons” has been done many times all over the world as well as a few times in South Africa.
It is a compilation of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concertos (Le Quattro Stagioni) for Violin & String Orchestra, together with Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas).
All of those would be normally played with a Solo Violin & String orchestra which is the original intention of Vivaldi but not of Piazzolla. Piazzolla’s original was for his Tango Quinteto.
In this production we’d have 2 well known celebrated bands from Cape Town sharing the stage and giving us “The Eight Seasons”.
In this case we would have the original Piazzolla’s Four Seasons version for a Tango Quartet, combined with an arrangement of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons for a Trio of Violin, Accordion and Bass Guitar.

CT Tango Ensemble
Stanislav Angelov – Accordion
Petrus de Beer – Violin
Albert Combrink – Piano
Charles Lazar – Double Bass

World Cafe Trio
Petruse de Beer – Violin
Stanislav Angelov – Accordion
Schalk Joubert – Bass Guitar

Vivaldi enthusiasts are urged not to miss this performance of one of the world`s all-time memorable and famous classical pieces, by the best in local talent. The entire 4 concertos are performed. The original work did not have music scores for accordion and bass, but audiences will be surprised by this tremendously refreshing new transformation.

Die vier Jahreszeiten (Italienisch Le quattro stagioni) heißt das wohl bekannteste Werk Antonio Vivaldis. Es handelt sich um vier Violinkonzerte mit außermusikalischen Programmen; jedes Konzert porträtiert eine Jahreszeit. Dazu ist den einzelnen Konzerten jeweils ein – vermutlich von Vivaldi selbst geschriebenes – Sonett vorangestellt; fortlaufende Buchstaben vor den einzelnen Zeilen und an den entsprechenden Stellen in der Partitur ordnen die verbale Beschreibung der Musik zu.

Vivaldi se Vier Seisoene is `n gewilde, immergroen werk in die standard-klassieke repertorium. Die klassieke aanslag bly steeds die kenmerkende styl van die musiek, alhoewel die uitstaande musikante die Vier Seisoene met unieke instrumentasie van akkordion en basskitaar aanvul.


A Night at the Musicals

8:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Price: R220


In 2001 The New York Times referred to Andrew Lloyd Webber as “the most commercially successful composer in history”.

A Tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber is a culmination of 50 years of this composer of musicals’ incredible career on Broadway showcasing the most popular highlights from such showstoppers as Evita, Phantom of the Opera, Requiem, Sunset Boulevard, Cats and Aspects of Love.

With Niël Rademan (baritone) and the South African Sopranos accompanied by the multi-talented pianist Elna van de Merwe.

A Night at the Musicals

Hierdie is ‘n lekker luister program vol genotvolle oomblikke uit die mees bekende musiek blyspele. Andre Lloyd Webber en sy suksesvolle meesleurende melodië is alom bekend. In hierdie produksie blaas Niel Rademan, Elna van der Merwe en die “South African Soprano’s” nuwe lewe in die die musiek van Evita, Phantom of the Opera, Requiem, Sunset Boulevard, Cats and Aspects of Love .

Eine Nacht bei den Musicals

Die Musik von Andrew Lloyd Webber ist sehr beliebt und wird diesesmal aus der Schatzkiste geholt , abgestaubt und in den Vordergrund geschoben. Warum nicht? Ein Abend unter den Sternen mit Musik zum mitsummen, schöne Sängerinnen ausgezeichnete Begleitung und Niel Rademan als Schauspieler.

Melodien aus Evita, Phantom der Opera, Requiem, Sunset Boulevard, Cats und Aspects of Love sind bestimmt auf dem Menü.


Pieter Dirk Uys – When in Doubt say Darling

8:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Price: R240


“When in doubt say darling” – a new entertainment with Pieter-Dirk Uys and other darlings.

After a sold-out season at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Studio and the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town, the newest Pieter-Dirk Uys show will be presented at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre.

Sometimes politics repeats itself, not only taking history and turning it into farce, but taking farce and turning into the fake news which is now called entertainment. Pieter-Dirk Uys is sorting out 40 years of distress, disguise and disgust: from apartheid to tripartite, from amandla to Nkandla – and happily back to amandla. In the boxes are wigs, glasses, wagging fingers, toyi-toyis, red berets, trump cards of madness, icons and aikonas, from Bezuidenhouts, Raubenheimers and Ramaphosas to Altzheimers. See PW Botha impersonate Jacob Zuma! Witness Dr Piet Koornhof solve the Brexit stand-off! Celebrate the appearances of Angela Merkel, Theresa May, Nowell Fine and Evita Bezuidenhout!

At a time when a casual greeting or embrace can be seen as racist or harassment, the advice is simple: when in doubt say darling. If you can’t remember their names, just say darling. If you get lost along the road to somewhere, simply ask for Darling. He did it, and now Pieter-Dirk Uys also lives in Darling. Join him and many darlings on an exciting walk through this new minefield of hashtags and hate speech to the edge of the next cliff of crisis, when the end of the world seems nigh. It also used to be called a sunset, but here’s a secret: the sun will also rise tomorrow, darling.


‘You laugh gently with this figure, who slips chameleonically through eras and identities, but you also sober up and acknowledge that the turning over of decades had rendered Uys an important elder of the theatre community. A unique and irreplaceable one. And this reason, as well as all the others, makes it unequivocally a work to cherish.’ – Robyn Sassen / My View / 24.4.2018

When in doubt say darling helps you to smile at what is happening in our country and realizing: it is your state of mind, your own sense of having fun, and finding the dark comedy and satire in many real-life situations that keeps us going. Strongly recommended. And when in doubt, just buy a ticket.’ –  Leon van Nierop / What’s on in Joburg / 24.2.2018

‘Pieter-Dirk Uys can be described as the gift that keeps on giving. A one-man artist who has perfected his craft, Uys has a wonderful rapport with his audience, punctuating his stories with some naughty asides and infectious laughter. There is still plenty of life in this ‘old’ man and may he remain the satirical genius he had proven to be.’ – Peter Feldman / Artslink / 5.4.2018

‘Pieter-Dirk Uys and the satire that kept a country laughing. Watching him on stage is always an experience. All the more reason to see it live.’ – Masego Panyane / Star Tonight / 17.4. 2018

‘Charming, chilling and confrontational Mr Uys. He understands he has a broader horizon behind him than ahead and he dusts off old targets to remind audiences that bad politics easily reinvents itself as a democratic solution. He offers audiences an opportunity to laugh at their fears, to confront fear, to understand it and prevent it from winning. Courage, honesty, compassion, healthy anger, information, respect and maybe a talent to amuse, are his keys to success.’ – Diane de Beer / Business Day / 27.3.2018

‘Once again Uys inspires because he is in familiar territory with rolled up sleeves. He is not yet done with his beloved country and its people. Uys always works with humour, a deep insight and compassion without mincing words.’ –  Laetitia Pople / Die Burger (translated) / 31.3 2018

‘Providing both commentary of the past 24 years of us being a democracy, as well as observing South Africans in all our wackiness, don’t be surprised if Uys eventually outlives us all.’ –  Steyn du Toit / Business Day / 30 3.2018

‘Magical moments in a life well-lived. Good stuff, Mr Uys!’ –  Lesley Stones / Daily Maverick / 2.4.2018



8:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Price: R190-R230


After more than 500 000 online views and a performance on Table Mountain the four daring pianists who brought you 40 Fingers will be back with a brand new show. On 2 February 40 Fingers Vol. 2 will feature the talents of Charl du Plessis, Albie van Schalkwyk, Pieter Grobler and Elna van der Merwe with new arrangements for 8 hands on one and two pianos. Favourites like Rondo alla Turka, Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2 and jazz and pop hits like  “In the Mood, All of Me and The Girl from Ipanema” will delight audiences in dazzling new arrangements by Charl du Plessis.

Die 8 talentvolle hande van Charl du Plessis, Pieter Grobler, Elna van der Merwe en Albie van Schalkwyk speel opwindende klaviermusiek van Rondo alla Turka, Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2 sowel as jazz en pop hits soos “In the Mood, All of Me en The Girl from Ipanema .Die musiek word spesiaal verwerk vir hierdie opvolgkonsert en beloof om `n  selfs meer opwindend te wees as die oorspronklike 40 Vingers!

40 Finger Volume 2. Vier ausgezeichnete Pianisten Charl du Plessis, Pieter Grobler, Elna van der Merwe und Albie van Schalkwyk spielen die bezauberende Musik von Rondo alla Turka, Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2 und Jazz und Pop Hits wie “In the Mood, All of Me und The Girl from Ipanema”. 40 Finger spielen fantastisch deshalb sind sie zurück!


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