Driven by their burning passion for the theatre and the realisation of the need for a smaller intimate theatre as part of the vibrant Stellenbosch arts scene, Ingrid Howard and Hano Smit created a brand-new theatre for the grand opening on the 2nd of March 2015. The Drostdy Theatre has since showcased a variety of English, Afrikaans and international talent, and has created and hosted countless recordings, shows, concerts and workshops.
The majestic Victorian building – now home to the Drostdy Theatre on the corner of Alexander & Bird Streets in the historic heart of Stellenbosch – used to be an hotel, a home for the aged, and an office space. The Victorian era (1837 - 1901) saw the middle class aspiring to join the ranks of the nobility. People felt that acting “properly” according to the conventions and values of the time was an important step in that direction. The Drostdy Theatre strives to offer all our guests “proper” hospitality and a “stylish” theatre.
Looking for an intimate space in the heart of Stellenbosch to celebrate a special occasion, hosting a conference or to perform a cabaret show – the 90-seater Upstage at the Drostdy Theatre is the perfect location.
With a well-equipped kitchen, catering on request, a fully stocked bar and trained staff, it makes for the perfect space to spoil your guests. Upstage is technically equipped (sound and lights) with 2 x 55’’ HD TV’s, air conditioning, a fireplace and modern bathrooms.