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The John Rupert Theatre is situated in the town of Graaf-Reinet in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

The date the actual building was built is unknown, but the Coloured Community of Graaf-Reinet know it as the Great London Church, which was consecrated by Dr. John Phillip of the London Mission Society in 1847. Dr. Anton Rupert acquired it in 1969 and after restoring the building he donated it to the Town Council. It first served the community as an Art Gallery before being turned into a little theatre in 1980 by the Graaff-Reinet Round Table.

It is the only theatre in the Camdeboo region and named after John Rupert, Dr. Anton Rupert’s father. The Theatre is the core of the towns’ cultural life and is run by a committee of volunteers who screen films twice a month. It also hosts regular plays, musical performances as well as comedy and dance productions.

Things to do and see

  • Original pulpit
  • Films
  • Comedy, Musicals & dance Shows
  • Conference & venue hire facilities


Admission fees are charged depending on the performance. Please contact the Theatre directly to confirm pricing.

Screening dates are the first Wednesday and the third Saturday of each month.


Rainfall occurs mainly in the autumn months, with March seeing the highest levels. Winter nights can drop below freezing.

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 11˚C and 30˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 2˚C and 16˚C.


There are flights into Port Elizabeth International Airport, from all major cities in South Africa, on a daily basis. Car hire facilities are available and the airport is approximately 264 km from Graaf-Reinet. 

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