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Live music shows and events venues.

From its humble beginnings on a dairy farm in Plettenberg Bay to international hit shows,
The Barnyard Theatre is a home-grown legend in the making…
The Barnyard Theatre Experience – friendship, good food, wine and brilliant entertainment!

How many Barnyard Theatres are there?
Six Across South Africa: four in Gauteng, one in Cape Town and one in Durban.
The Barnyard Theatres have grown to include Emperors Palace Barnyard (East Rand, JHB), Rivonia Barnyard (Sunninghill, JHB), Silverstar Barnyard (West Rand, JHB), Suncoast Barnyard (Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World, Durban), Menlyn Barnyard (Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, Pretoria), as well as our exciting Tyger Valley Barnyard (Tyger Valley Centre, Bellville). The Barnyard Theatre provides an old-world, informal, yet sophisticated environment. Each venue is slightly different however the general layouts, look and feel of the theatre interior are all similar and resemble the original concept.
What is the Barnyard Theatre Experience?
Barnyard’s live music shows transcend boundaries; they are vibrant, uplifting, highly entertaining, and feature the greatest hits of our time. In addition, we regularly host well-known South African bands, comedians and performers.

Patrons are encouraged to arrive early, sit around heavy wooden tables to socialise and enjoy a meal before curtain-up, thus providing a one-stop evening’s entertainment for couples, families & friends. The Barnyard Theatre is an ideal venue for birthday parties and other celebrations offering extensive catering menus, but also allowing patrons to bring their own meals. Fully stocked bars, coffee and snack bars are conveniently situated throughout the venue. Barnyard’s unique concept; sociability, value-for-money and a one-stop evening out make our Theatres unrivalled. Sit back, relax and let us entertain you!

For the love of music.

How can The Barnyard Theatre be used as a venue for Corporate and Fundraising events?
The Barnyard Theatre has been the venue of choice for many well-known companies. Barnyard can be hired with or without a Barnyard show and offer multifunctional facilities with state-of-the-art equipment, secure parking and wheelchair access.

THINK Barnyard for: Presentations, Award Ceremonies, Product Launches, CD launches, Conferencing, Team Building, Training Sessions, Year End Parties, Client Entertainment, Dance Festivals, Matric Dances & Debs Balls, Graduations, School Concerts, & everything in-between.

The Barnyard Theatre also offers fundraising opportunities as part of our social responsibility to the community. We offer companies and NPOs a reduced ticket rate, enabling them to re-sell at a profit to raise funds for their cause.

Please contact your preferred Barnyard Theatre for more information and to request quotes.
Let us help you create an unforgettable event!

The Barnyard Theatre’s Story – Where did it all begin?
In 1996 the first Barnyard Theatre was opened by the Möller family on a dairy farm just outside Plettenberg Bay. Louis and Sybel had both been involved in the performing arts most of their lives, Louis as co-founder and producer of, amongst others, Carte Blanche, and Sybel Coetzee as a freelance actress and TV presenter.

In 1989 they took stock of their hectic lives with two young boys and decided that family comes first. As a result they decided to open a dairy farm close to Plettenberg Bay. After a few years of farming they longed for a way to combine their two loves – the footlights and the farm. Then 1996 saw the birth of The Barnyard Theatres. Why Barnyard? Louis had built a beautiful, rustic American-style wooden barn on the farm, which Sybel and Louis converted into a theatre with an old-world atmosphere, heavy wooden beams, a horseshoe gallery, big tables with welcoming lanterns and wood chips on the floor.

In 2003 Louis joined forces with well-known South African musician Duck Chowles and together they formed The Barnyard Theatre Production Company. Having produced, amongst others, the mega-hit Roll Over Beethoven, Louis instinctively knew Duck belonged in the Barnyard stable. Duck Chowles now directs and produces all Barnyard Theatre Productions.

The Barnyard Theatre concept is 22 years old this year.

How do The Barnyard Theatres source and grow local talent?
The Barnyard Theatre identifies talent and gives them the opportunity to earn a living doing what they love and do best. The Barnyard Theatre Production Company owns and produces all the shows and employs all musicians and performers. The company has produced over 110 shows in 16 years, including Under African Skies (Also known as Diamonds & Dust), that has performed at over 80 theatres in Belgium, Holland, France and Denmark where it received rave reviews and achieved excellent ticket sales. Barnyard shows have also been staged internationally in the Middle and Far East, including multiple sell-out shows at The First Group Theatre at the five-star Madinat Jumeirah resort in Dubai. Our productions have also been seen in one of the entertainment hubs of South Africa, the renowned Sun City.


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