Haupt's Theatre

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Also known as Haupt's Warehouse or Haupt's Store in some sources.

This was a makeshift venue set up in a wine warehouse belonging to the wine merchant P.J. Haupt in Hope Street, Cape Town, and was advertised for use as a theatre from 1845 till 1850.

In 1849 James Lycett fixed up the upper story of Haupt’s wine store on 21 Hope Street, Cape Town. The interior had apparently been modelled on the Roeland Street Theatre and was divided lengthwise with a wooden partition into a promenade on the one side and an auditorium on the other. There was also a gallery at the street end. Lycett’s company performed The Bottle (based on Cruikshanks’s cartoon) in this theatre. A number of unadvertised plays was also produced at Haupt's Theatre. (This theatre should not be confused with the Liefhebbery Tooneel or Hope Street Theatre used by the .)


Bosman, 1928; Laidler, 1926 [TH, JH]

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