The Breytenbach Theatre is the primary venue for students from the University of Pretoria, Gauteng. It’s primary aim is to provide students with the practical experience they need in their respective fields of study, including vocal art, drama, music, dance, and musical theatre.
The theatre was previously a hospital for the Germans, and it is said to still be haunted by the ghosts of those who died here. In 1955, the National Theatre Organisation (NTO) acquired the building and turned it into a theatre, with the first production staged on 17 November 1958. In 1967, it was named the Breytenbach Theatre in honour of Dr PPB Bretenbach (Oom Breytie), who was the chairman of the NTO.
The theatre quickly became fondly known as “The Breytieâ€, and is known for having famous South African artists grace it stage, including the likes of Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo, Cobus Rossouw, and Franz Marx. The theatre can be hired for a number of functions and events.