I recently went and watched 2 shows at the Kalk Bay Theatre.
The Kalk Bay Theatre is housed in an old church. The theatre is on the ground floor and the restaurant and kitchen above. It’s a cute little building. The theatre is not very big, with maybe 60 or so seats, around a small stage. The restaurant probably caters for the same amount of people. The vibe is very casual, very Kalk Bay, there is no doubt that you’re behind the Lentil Curtain. As one would expect from an old building, it has character. The wooden floors, non-descript wooden furniture and open plan kitchen make it feel quite homely. The posters of various plays adorning the walls serve as a reminder of the entertainment to follow. Quite a cosy vibe and friendly too, not only the staff but also the patrons. The casual, homely vibe almost lulls one into thinking that everyone there is part of a big group rather than individual patrons.
The wine list is limited, with most wines being in the range of R100 (Red). I didn’t look at the whites, bet I imagine the selection is similar to the selection of reds, one of each cultivar. I chose a nice wine on both visits, which was fortunate as they turned out to be the highlight of the meal.
Show tickets are about R100, but you can choose the dinner & show option. The 3 course meal & show is about R200 and the pasta & show option is about R140. The first night I went I tried the 3 course meal and the second time I tried the pasta. I thought the food was very average on both occasions and both of my dining partners agreed with me. I didn’t even eat half of my food on both occasions because I just wasn’t enjoying it. I would not recommend eating there, if you want to have dinner in Kalk Bay before the show then eat at one of the many nice restaurants in Kalk Bay like Cafe des Arts or Harbour House.
After the main course everyone goes downstairs for the show and it was nice to be able to take our wine with us to sip during the show. Coffee and dessert is served after the show which is also nice because you can chat about the show and the cast (in our case it was one person because it was a one man show) come around and greet everyone which gives you an opportunity to ask them questions etc. The coffee was pretty good, they leave a plunger jug on your table and you help yourself. Dessert was strawberries and a chocolate sauce in which to dip them.
To summarise, Kalk Bay Theatre is a cosy and casual intimite theatre. If you’re a fan of intimate theatre, it would be a good venue to watch a play. I don’t suggest you eat there though.
Kalk Bay Theatre
52 Main Rd, Kalk Bay
Bookings : 073 220 5430