Tivoli Theatre of Varieties

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The Tivoli Theatre of Varieties was a Cape Town theatre dating from the late 19th century.

Obviously named after the famous theatre that had opened in the Strand, West Londonin 1890 [1], it was over the years also known, or referred to, as The Tivoli, the Tivoli Theatre and the Tivoli Music Hall

Not to be confused with the Tivoli Empire Theatre, Johannesburg

The venue

Opened by De Jong/Hyman/Logan in Cape Town in 18**. **Renamed the Tivoli Music Hall in 1903 and run by Harry Stodel.??** ** Later owned by African Consolidated Theatres and converted to a cinema, though also still serving as a theatre on a few occasions as well, e.g. being used by by amateurs, such as the Cape Town Repertory Theatre Society and the Garrick Club in the late 1920s and early 1930s. (e.g. Bird in Hand, Rope, What Every Woman Knows, etc.) ***

The Tivoli Company

D.C. Boonzaier (1923, see Bosman, 1980, p.418)) also mentions a Tivoli Company in 1904, presumably a reference to the resident company of this theatre at the time.


D.C. Boonzaier. 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1923. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.418

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: p.

William Groom. 1899-1900. Drama in Cape Town. Cape Illustrated Magazine, 10(4): 478-481, 517-520, 547-552, 580-584, 640-643, 670-672, 706-708.

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