If you have lived in Cape Town for the last five plus years, I am sure that you would have noticed the disappearance of the beloved dinner theater in Sea Point called Richards. I, for one, was bitterly disappointed when I drove past to see the building being taken down. So it was a pleasant surprise when I stumbled across the Rockwell Dinner Theater, only to find out that it is the old Richards show. So, wrapped in warm nostalgia, we headed to the Rockwell on a cold Saturday night to take part in the Kaapse Stories dinner show.
The Theater is situated at the entrance of the glamorous Rockwell hotel and the theater itself is a cozy, intimate space. The venue has been tastefully decorated to reminisce the old District Six, and a huge mural pays homage to the fallen neighbourhood. The Cape history and culture is brought to life in the colourful flags, posters and street signs. The room is laid out so that you can either bring a large party or have a date night with a difference.
We sat right in front and just knew that we would be brought into the show, so prepared ourselves to be taken up on to the little stage. The show tells a story of a family from District Six and their journey during the days of the vibrant neighbourhood and how their lives changed as they watched their homes being bulldozed to the ground. The characters are lively and relatable and the show kicks off with an animated tribute to the Kaapse Klopse and their minstrel parade.
The show incorporates some of South Africa’s most familiar and well loved songs, and occasionally breaks into energetic Cape inspired songs made especially for the show. You will also be treated to some familiar favourites that played out of the radio across the world for decades. We were blown away by the voices and the show definitely holds some of Cape Town’s hidden talents! Without giving anything away, you can look forward to a breathtaking performance toward the end of the show that rendered us absolutely speechless.
There is quite a lot of audience participation, and you will find yourself somewhat exhausted by the end of the evening.
The menu has been chosen to nod to the Cape Heritage. The main course is a buffet of South Africa’s well loved dishes. From vegetarian Biryani, to potato bake, Korma chicken and prawn curry. You can sample the traditional lamb potjie which simply melts in your mouth, fresh green beans, line fish and even samp and tender steak, you will certainly not leave the theater hungry. We packed our plates as we simply had to try everything and made our way through the heaped plates as the show restarted. Both the starter and dessert also incorporate South African flavours with samosas, koeksisters and melktert and we loved the tastes of our beautiful country.
The ticket price includes the four course meal as well as a glass of bubbles, or freshly squeezed orange juice should you not be drinking that night. Your other drinks are for your tab and they have a well selected wine list and extensive drink options. You can also choose to bring your own wine and will only pay for corkage.
The overall experience is certainly perfect if you are looking for an entertaining night out. Should you either be celebrating a birthday or just want to get some friends together for a great musical night out, it is a great experience to share with friends and lovers of Cape Town history. Tickets can be booked and cost R500 for adults and R250 for thee kiddies.