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Mandela Bay Theatre Complex (previously PE Opera House)

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Mandela Bay Theatre Complex (previously known as Port Elizabeth Opera House) with two theatres, namely The Opera House and Barn Theatre which are located on the corner of John Kani Road and Winston Ntshona Street, Central, Gqeberha was opened in 1892 and was proclaimed a national monument in 1980.
The MBTC was declared a Schedule 3A cultural institution on 4 June 2021.
The MBTC is the premier venue for staging performing arts productions, events and shows in the Eastern Cape.
The MBTC offers a variety of fantastic facilities.
There are two theatres in the building; The Opera House which is the Main Stage was built for ballet, Opera and big productions such as musicals while The Barn Theatre is a versatile space which when converted to cabaret style seating, has the capacity of 100, Theatre style seating of 80 and Gala seating of 150.
MBTC annually produces Seasons (for dance, drama and comedy), Festivals (Mandela Bay Jazz Legacy Festival - May, Women in Arts Manyano - August, Udaba Dance Festival - September and Iphulo Drama Festival - March), Isakhono Performing Arts Awards, Performing Arts Graduate Incubator, while it mounts support for performing arts education and development programmes.
MBTC welcomes and appreciates proposals for partnerships and inputs from prolific Independent Producers.
Contact / ReservationsMandela Bay Theatre Complex (previously PE Opera House)

Alternatively contact the TOURISM call centre on +27 (0) 41 585 8884


Latitude : -33° 57' 44.72" S | Longitude : 25° 37' 18.56" E


Groups Accepted Yes
Car Parking Available Yes
National Monument Yes
Day Visitors Allowed Yes
Disabled Access Yes
Children Allowed Yes


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