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Die Koffiehuis ("The Coffee House") was a coffee shop and theatre venue in Cape Town 1915-1940.

It became a popular gathering place for Afrikaans writers and intellectuals, and was often used as venue for amateur performances by the social club known as Die Oranjeklub, including their famous Koffiehuis Konserte ("Coffee House Concerts").

The name occurs in various other forms in the sources, including Koffiehuis, Afrikaner Koffiehuis, Die Afrikaner Koffiehuis, or Die Afrikaner-Koffiehuis, was a venue in Cape Town in 1915 and used by the Oranjeklub for amateur performances, including the famous Koffiehuis Konserte ("Coffee House Concerts").

On 11 May 1934 it also played host to the first performances by the Kaapstadse Afrikaanse Toneelvereniging (K.A.T.), namely Rooibruin Blare and Ruwe Erts, both by H.A. Fagan. It stayed in use as the KAT’s regular venue until 1940.


Du Toit, PJ 1988 [JH]

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