The Groote Kerk is the oldest and largest Dutch Reformed church in South Africa, and has on occasion been the venue for performances of various kinds.
Built by Herman Schuette in 1841, Die Groote Kerk ("great or large church") is a Dutch Reformed church in Cape Town, and the site is claimed to be the oldest place of Christian worship in South Africa. The imposing current building in Adderley Street replaced the first church, erected on the same land in 1678, Willem Adriaan van der Stel laying the cornerstone. In building the new church the original tower was retained, as was the exquisitely ornate pulpit designed by the sculptor Anton Anreith and the carpenter Jacob Graaff ( inaugurated on 29 November 1789.) The Groote Kerk lays claim to housing South Africa's largest organ, which was installed in 1954 and has 5917 pipes.
Its use as a performance venue
Ludwig Wilhelm Berthold Binge. 1969. Ontwikkeling van die Afrikaanse toneel (1832-1950). Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.
P.J. du Toit, 1988. Amateurtoneel in Suid-Afrika. Pretoria: Academica
Jill Fletcher. 1994. The Story of Theatre in South Africa: A Guide to its History from 1780-1930. Cape Town: Vlaeberg.
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