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Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Catalina Theatre is situated in a prime location by the Durban harbour. Having been built on the Catalina flying boats' Control Tower on Wilson's Wharf, it is the only theatre to boast spectacular views of Durban’s bay vistas.

At Catalina Theatre there is a seat in the house to suit every artistic taste and personality. This intimate 166-seater theatre has a stage versatile enough to accommodate a box set or a rock band or a single comedian.

Catalina Theatre has been proud to host an eclectic mix of productions and has also been at the forefront of presenting innovative theatre with its annual festivals like Not The Grahamstown Festival, the Durban Children’s Theatre Festival and the Deafinite! Theatre Festival. Catalina Theatre also hosts the Musho! Festival and the Durban Dance and Movement Festival.

Not only does the venue offer the traditional evening shows but it also caters for daytime shows which are suitable for Theatre in Education during the school term and theatre for young people during the holidays. 2014 saw the addition of the exciting late night theatre time slot which starts at 22h00. Late night theatre has seen some good productions and full houses and is gaining increasing popularity.

The theatre space itself has recently undergone renovations and had an installation of new DMX lights – it is a venue that continually seeks to improve itself to provide the best – in support of the artists and their art.

The theatre also has a good relationship with other businesses on the Wharf and as a result offers Show and Meal options with Spur and John Dory’s as well as harbour boat rides.

Catalina Theatre is part of Keep the Dream, a registered non-profit company. As a result Catalina seeks to develop the performing arts by giving opportunity for playwrights, actors, producers, directors, set builders, costume makers and technicians to practice their craft and enter the performing arts industry in Durban. Through Catalina Theatre’s initial support, many artists have been able to make a career from their craft.

“We are looking for new works and experienced professional productions to fill our wide variety of time slots: daytime school term, daytime holidays, prime time evening and late night,” says Catalina’s management. “There is a variety of collaboration options including venue hire, associations, and sponsorship for new works. We look forward to hearing your idea for a theatre production whether it is a script that you have, a fully-fledged show or simply an idea for a show that you would like to produce.”

Anyone wishing to stage a production at the Catalina Theatre, should forward a proposal to the Artistic Director, Rowin Munsamy on email or complete the online form on the Collaboration tab at