Can Themba’s Truth on stage

I still believe it takes a pretty damn good performer, playwright and director to deliver a performance that keeps the audience intrigued in their production. The House of Truth is one such production that sees South African giant Sello Maake kaNcube depict the life of writer, Can Themba. Based in his Sophiatown apartment, the play tells […]

When Swallows Cry

Hot off the heels of yet another smash hit, Pay Back the Curry, playwright Mike van Graan’s new play When Swallows Cry will make its South African premiere at the Market Theatre in January 2017.  This latest work delves into the uncomfortable but topical issue of ‘foreigners’ and the global migration crisis.   This new […]

The House of Truth

The Market Theatre’s 2017 season will open with The House of Truth, a bio-play written by Siphiwo Mahala about South African writer Can Themba; directed by Vanessa Cooke and performed by venerable actor, Sello Maake ka Ncube. The House of Truth premiered to rave reviews in 2016 at the National Arts Festival. Laced with wit, […]

In A World Full Of Butterflies, It Takes Balls To Be A Caterpillar… Some Thoughts On Falling…

Robyn Orlin, nicknamed in South Africa “a permanent irritation”, is a controversial and provocative artist well known for reflecting the complex realities in this country.  In her unique style of choreography, she integrates diverse media (text, video, plastic arts) and creates a most innovative theatrical reality. In A World Full Of Butterflies, It Takes Balls […]


First Lady of Comedy Tumi Morake and the original ‘Cavewoman’ Vanessa Frost team up in ‘Tease!’, which premieres in Johannesburg at the Market Theatre from 16 November to 4 December. Listed by The Herald as one their ‘picks of the day’, and described by them as “Lots of fun with more than Fringe appeal”, ‘Tease!’ […]

Cenotaph of Dan Wa Moriri

An intensely personal memoire written by an actor to honor his father is poised to leave audiences moved, spellbound and reflective at the Market Theatre. Cenotaph of Dan Wa Moriri is a poignant reconstruction of Tony Miyambo’s memories of his father and his death, with the intimate father-son relationship played out through remembered moments of […]

Mosali Eo U ’Neileng Eena

The Market Theatre and Windybrow Theatre in association with the Soweto Theatre present Mosali Eo U ’Neileng Eena. Continuing its commitment to produce theatre that speaks to audiences in all of South Africa’s official languages, the Market Theatre is staging a play in Sesotho for its heritage month production. This commitment to present works that are […]

UBU and the Truth Commission

The Market Theatre and the Windybrow Theatre in association with Handspring Puppet Company presents Ubu and the Truth Commision. Ubu and the Truth Commission is a striking collaboration between William Kentridge and the Handspring Puppet Company. After extensive international touring this landmark piece of South African Theatre is returning to the Market Theatre to entertain and challenge […]


The Market Theatre and Windybrow Theatre are pleased to present Tau, the winning play of the 2015 Zwakala Festival, for a limited season at the Market Theatre.   The play is set in the Free State where cultural norms and traditional practices still play an important  part in the community. Tau lives in a conflict […]

The Dying Screams Of The Moon

South African theatre giants Zakes Mda and John Kani are teaming up for their first ever collaboration in their illustrious careers to present The Dying Screams of the Moon. The play forms part of the 40th anniversary celebrations for the Market Theatre and will be staged in the newly renamed Mannie Manim @The Market Theatre. […]