One of two theatres in Hope Street in the 1840s-1850s, this was a makeshift venue set up by the wine merchant P.J. Haupt in his wine warehouse at 21 Hope Street, Cape Town, and was advertised for use as a theatre from 1845 till 1850. . (The other venue was the Liefhebbery Tooneel).
In 1849 James Lycett fixed up and refurbished the upper story of the wine store, with the interior apparently modelled on the Roeland Street Theatre and 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.
Bosman, 1928; Laidler, 1926 [TH, JH]
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