The Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, with its beautiful Spanish architecture and wonderful views of the Stellenbosch mountains and vineyards, must surely be one of the most magical open-air theatres in the world. And, for the past 40 years, it has been a popular performance venue for local musicians and theatre productions, attracting music and theatre lovers from far and wide for a wonderful evening of entertainment under the stars.
What makes the picturesque setting even more special is the wide-open lawn, where concert-goers can enjoy an alfresco picnic (bring your own) before the show. Sundays are a family affair so bring the little ones (children under 12 enter for free), and enjoy the Sunday Sunset Series on the lawn.
Don’t miss a beat
Once again Oude Libertas has put together a stellar lineup of performances for the duration of summer, including Nataniël, renowned conductor Richard Cock, Zolani Mahola (Freshlyground) and songstress Melanie Scholtz.
Diarise the date for the 2017/18 lineup:
|8 December 2017||8.15pm||Radio Kalahari Orkes||A musical mix of Ghoema, Latin and African music, including anything else that can be found along the dirt road|
|9 December 2017||8.15pm||Coenie De Villiers 10 Fingers||A mix of old compositions and brand-new material|
|10 December 2017||6.30pm||Andrew Young Sax, Blues and Rock & Roll||An eclectic mix of blues and rock `n roll|
|13 – 14 December 2017||8.15pm||Richard Cock and Friends Zolani & Co||The well-known conductor is joined on stage by Freshlyground’s Zolani Mahola and Adeliah Douw|
|15 December 2017||8.15pm||Carmen Petit Bizet||A concert version of one of the most popular operas in the classical canon is condensed into an hour|
|16 – 17 December 2017||7pm||Christmas Carols & Richard Cock||Richard Cock and Siyabonga Maqungo will entertain Christmas sing-along enthusiasts|
|20 December 2017||8.15pm||African Angels 8 New Voices||Eight soloists offer their glorious voices to works by Strauss, Lehar, Bernstein, Gershwin and Khumalo, accompanied by pianist Paul Ferreira|
|21 December 2017||8.15pm||Amanda Strydom So Onner Deur Die Maan||A musical performance by Amanda Strydom|
|22 December 2017||8.15pm||Schubert, Siyabonga, Richard Cock||An evening of Schubert with Siyabonga Maqungo, Richard Cock and a brilliant ensemble of players|
|29 December 2017||8.15pm||Cape Town Tango & Melanie Scholtz||Upbeat instrumental numbers by CT Tango Ensemble and some moving vocal tunes by Melanie Scholtz|
|31 December 2017||8.15pm||New Years Bliss Bash Blast||An exciting compilation of festive music by some of South Africa’s favourite artists|
|13 January 2018||8.15pm||Richard Cock Viennese Night||A wonderful programme of marching and waltzing music from unique composers, Johann and Richard Strauss, and others
|19 January 2018||8.15pm||40 Fingers 40 Fingers Piano||A celebration of the 40th birthday of the Oude Libertas Theatre`s Steinway piano. Eight talented pianists (40 fingers) will perform never-before-heard arrangements from Baroque to Boogie, Beethoven and Billie Joel
|20 January 2018||8.15pm||Vivaldi Four Seasons||Vivaldi’s Four Season Concerto performed by local talents|
|21 January 2018||6.30pm||Sterling EQ & Friends||Award-winning instrumental-pop group Sterling EQ teams up with four of SA’s top instrumentalists|
|26 – 27 January 2018||8.15pm||Laurika Rauch & Loki Rothman||A warming collaboration by Laurika (vocalist) and Loki (guitarist)|
|28 January 2018||6.30pm||Rieldans Nuwe Graskoue Trappers||Dance champions perform at Oude Libertas for the third time|
|3 February 2018||8.15pm||Beethoven Tango with Zanta & Charl||A combination of Hofmeyr’s classical technique with the improvisatory magic of contemporary piano|
|4 February 2018||6.30pm||Rosanthorn Red Cello Trio|| Three innovative cellists in a fresh, new context.
|7 – 10 February 2018||8.15pm||Nataniël Reign or Shine||A performance about resilience using songs by some of the world’s greatest|
|11 February 2018||6.30pm||Big Band Blast with Ian Smith||A musical journey through eras reflecting the versatility of the big band|
|14 February 2018||8.15pm||Love Is In The Air||Thembeka Mnguni and Samantha Leonard (The Voice SA) take centre stage for this classic celebration of love|
|16 February 2018||8.15pm||Swinging Sixties Celebrate 60s||The swinging sounds of the Sixties sung by Lynelle and Tiro|
|17 February 2018||8.15pm||Mandolino Napoletano||A Romantic programme of famous Neapolitan Café songs performed on the mandolin|
|23 February 2018||8.15pm||Bottomless Coffee Band CD Launch||Cape Town-based Husband-and-Wife, Multi-Instrumental Duo perform tracks from their newest album|
|25 February 2018||6.30pm||Andrew Young & Diamonds & Strings||Andrew Young takes his musical journey full circle|
|2 March 2018||8.15pm||Mozart Magic Marriage Madness||A medley of opera scenes from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Der Zauberflote and Cosi Fan Tutte|
|7 – 10 March 2018||8.15pm||Romeo & Juliet Ballet||The classic story resounds in the new choreography of Robin van Wyk, created especially for the Oude Libertas Theatre|
|11 March 2018||6.30pm||Ike Moriz & His Swing Band Hits||Acclaimed international singer and actor, Ike Moriz returns from his European tour to perform|
The Christmas Carols concert (16 – 17 December) and New Year’s Eve concert (31 December) are particularly good shows, so it’s advised to book in advance.