Oude Libertas Theatre

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The Oude Libertas Theatre is a well equipped 430 seat open-air theatre built against Papegaaiberg [“Parrot Mountain”] in Stellenbosch by Stellenbosch Farmers' Winery in 1977. Designed with the help of the then technical director of the National Theatre of Greece, it is built of cement in classical style, as a half-moon amphitheatre built into the hill and surrounded by pine trees and vinyards. The complex also has a restaurant and a conference venue. Marietha Channell was appointed manager of the theatre in 1984 and ran an annual summer season since its official opening in December 1977 with a concert by Vladimir Ashkenazy. The fare consists of commissioned work as well as work bought in and among the major works they have done over the years are **, **.

In 2001 Stellenbosch Farmers Wineries and the Distiller’s Corporation amalgamated to form Distell, which now owns and funds the theatre, with Marietha Channell as manager.

In 200* the theatre was let to ** and was run by Karen Meiring and ***

In 200* it again changed hands, with ** becoming the director.

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