About HHDS

We are one of the oldest amateur dramatic societies in the Western Cape and are proud of our reputation for producing quality shows of all genres. On 20 September 2016, we were registered as a Non-Profit Organisation. The Registration Number is 177 – 561 NPO

The Playhouse

The theatre situated on the corner of Lourensford and Swalle Streets, Somerset West was built by the members of the Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society themselves. The land it was built on belonged to the municipality. Many years later the Society succeeded to buy the land from the municipality for a very meagre amount and it now belongs to the members completely.

The theatre was designed by Architect Harry Hargreaves and was built in stages, as money became available. The first stage consisted of a small foyer with the necessary facilities i.e. kitchen and toilets. The foyer led into the auditorium, consisting of 198 comfortable theatre seats and to the left, the control box and the right, the wings and stage area. Further back, the dressing room with toilets that doubled up as the Green Room. (Backstage crew and actors domain). The growing amount of costumes were also housed there.

The second stage was the mammoth addition of a new foyer, workshop and extension of the wardrobe with an office for the Wardrobe Mistress. Most important for patrons was the addition of a new foyer. The foyer consists of a beautifully sprung floor the exact size of the stage as well as an area with full catering facilities from which our teas coffee and hot chocolate are sold as well as areas where sweets and other light refreshments are sold. Approximately 18 years ago a fully Licensed Theatre Bar was added. It also has the necessary toilet facilities. Quite recently a new and very beautiful entrance and booking office was added, as well as a comfortable toilet for disabled patrons. All public facilities are completely wheelchair friendly.

The Green Room

The Green Room has a beautiful sprung floor and we rent it out when available. The mornings and afternoons are presently rented out for Exercise, Dance and Drama classes.  The evenings and weekends for Private functions such as Birthday/Anniversary parties, smallish industrial promotions, conferences and more.


For block bookings, please contact secretary@theplayhouse.org.za

Contact Details

Darryl Spijkers 072 384 1953

Hon. Secretary:
Ann Coetzee

Hon. Treasurer:
Tim Beavon

Facilities Manager:
Bobby Bennett