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The Taadaa Website

A bilingual Afrikaans and English website dedicated to the South African arts, including music, drama, dance or fine arts. Founded in 2014 by Kosie Smit (Founder and Business Manager) with Johan Myburg (Content Editor) and Johan Hendriksz (Web Administrator).

The TADA website

The Theatre and Dance Alliance (TADA) is a coalition of organisations, institutions, festivals and companies that operate, and individuals who make at least part of their livelihoods, within the South African dance and theatre sector.

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Teaterargief @teaterargief

Teaterargief ("theatre archive") is a Facebook page created by Wim Vorster, to provide a South African theatre history in pictures.



TheaterEncyclopedie (or Theaterencyclopedie) is a Dutch online, open access encyclopaedia of theatre. Wiki-based, much like ESAT, it contains information on all the performing arts ("podiumkunsten"), with the exclusion of music. Included are theatre, dance, opera, musical theatre, musicals, mime, cabaret, youth theatre, puppetry, revue, show, variété, illusionism and circus. Also included biographies of all participants and artists, overviews of companies, theatre venues, and thematic entries, etc. It invites contributions from anyone interested in the performing arts (see )

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"The Theatre" Cyclopaedia

This is a full text transcription of the 1909 publication "The Stage" cyclopaedia; a bibliography of plays which, according to its cumbersome full title, provides "an alphabetical list of plays and other stage pieces of which any record can be found since the commencement of the English stage, together with descriptions, authors' names, dates and places of production, and other useful information, comprising in all nearly 50,000 plays, and extending over a period of upwards of 500 years." The name of the compiler ("Reginald Clarence") is a pseudonym.

The open access digitised version is hosted on The Internet Archive at,

Theatre Database

An online database on playwrights and plays.

Theatre Heritage Australia Inc.

Theatre Heritage Australia Inc. is a non-profit organisation established in 1995 to foster knowledge and research into the history of Australian theatre. Members include theatre professionals, academics, and enthusiasts dedicated to documenting and sharing Australia’s unique theatre heritage. It has a number of online databases and publishes a Newsletter and the online On Stage Magazine.

Besides a wealth of material on Australian and British theatre, the site also contains a great deal of information about plays performed in South Africa, as well as the theatremakers and performers that visited or were born there.

A useful website providing detail information and lists of plays about international theatre


The Theatre SA website

Derived from, which has What's on, Directory, Birthdays, Profiles and more about the Theatre Industry in South Africa.

The Theatre Times is a non-partisan, global theatre portal, with over 3,400 articles covering theatre in 90 countries and regions.


The Theatre Lighting Archive website


A site about the people who laid the foundations for theatre lighting design in South Africa. The primary focus is video interviews with the various individuals.

Theatre Lives video archives

This is a extremely valuable video archive launched on 20 August 2017, housed on the website

An initiative funded by The Cape Town Theatre Trust and led by Peter Bode (research and interviews) and Lillias Bode (production and editing) , with Website design by Nudge Studio and Amilcar De Carvalho (

The primary purpose of the archive is to record and preserve video interviews with theatre practitioners who have shaped South African theatre in the past five decades. The disciplines included are drama, music and dance. The criteria are that each person interviewed must be over 60 years old and must have given a lifetime to the theatre. These interviews are not censored and have not been edited down.

The first phase of 32 interviews was recorded in 2016/17.


Théâ is an open access internet site devoted to French theatre in general.

The site, written in French, hosts 1674 published works which are made available online in PDF format, and cover the period from the 17th to 21st centuries. Biographies of the French authors are also available.

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Theatres in Early Johannesburg

See "Johannesburg 1912 – Suburb by suburb research" by Marc Latilla.


A blog by Marc Latilla providing images and information of theatre and theatres in Johannesburg in the early days. The larger blog contains much other information and commentary as well, inter alia about arts and entertainment in Johannesburg.


Theatricalia is a website started and is run by Matthew Somerville to serve as a repository for, and a database of, past and future theatre productions on the internet.

The website address is:

The Tossie van Tonder/Nobonke Research-Based Archive

This archive of the performance work done by Tossie van Tonder (Nobonke van Tonder) from 1980 to 2022 is housed on the website, The Image of Your Perfection at:

Trove search engine

Trove is a project launched by the National Library of Australia in August 2008 as an open access search engine to help researchers find and use resources relating to Australia. It's is actually described as being "more than a search engine, for it brings together content from libraries, museums, archives, repositories and other research and collecting organisations big and small".

The website gives one access to much useful information on theatrical matters relevant to South African theatrical history, particularly travelling companies and the works performed during the 19th and early 20th centuries.


TVSA website

TVSA is an independent television website that provides viewers with an interactive “TV companion” to South African TV broadcasting.

While South Africa's television channels all have their own websites, TVSA covers all of the channels and TV platforms available to South Africans, featuring daily highlights and premieres, editorial, blogs, message boards, press releases, teasers, show and actor pages, image and video galleries and so on.


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