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Etienne Rousseau Theatre

Our Story

More than 45 years after Sasol donated the Etienne Rousseau Theatre to the community of Sasolburg to commemorate its 25th year in existence, Sasol is doing extensive renovations at the theatre to restore this award winning building to the fully operational cultural centre that brought the best local and international performing artists to Sasolburg for many years.

Designed as a multi-purpose theatre, the venue has staged distinguished and varied national and international productions of drama, opera, ballet and various styles of music over the years. Some of the world-renowned artists who have appeared on the stage of the Etienne Rousseau Theatre over the years include the international legends flamenco guitarist Paco Pena, classical pianist Jorge Bolet, jazz and pop pianist Horst Jankowski, "The Man With the Golden Flute” James Galway and classical pianist Mark Zeltser.

A large foyer provides space for interaction with fellow patrons and small functions. The area can also be used for art exhibitions or even puppet shows.

The auditorium seats 456, arranged in such a way that there are no isles in the theatre. Three rows are serviced by
entrance on both sides to ensure adequate access to seats.

The stage has an area of 14,5m by 12m to accommodate fairly large productions such as ballet and opera, while the two wings provide ample space for performers and stage sets.

The orchestra pit can house 40 musicians and has storage space for a grand piano.

Use the link below to view technical information about the theater.

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Etienne Rousseau Theatre (ERT) Sasolburg 1947. South Africa

The ERT bookings for 2023 are now open.

The time is now to schedule the ERT for your 2023 production, show, school concert, church and dance presentation, eisteddfod, performing arts orientated competitions, end-of-the-year-function, etc. The ERT remains a sought-after venue for video recordings/ productions, as well as a studio for photo shoots and the projection of movies. We also consider applications for approved conferences and graduation functions, etcetera. We also have a Steinway Concert grand and a Yamaha upright piano available.

The ERT can accommodate an audience of 456 (under normal circumstances) and is equipped with the state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems installed in a highly sophisticated acoustic milieu – also ideal for acoustic music, dramas, and other non-electro acoustic presentations.

The ERT is situated in the town of Sasolburg – 85 km south of Johannesburg, 137 km from Pretoria and 98 km from the OR Tambo International Airport.

The ERT hosts 40-60 shows during an average year.

All productions are supported by a professional team of dedicated art orientated personnel.


Please send an email to the following address – with your preferred dates and a short description regarding the purpose of the booking.

◦Kindly submit your applications for 2023 by Monday, 31 October 2022 and you will be notified of confirmation the by the end of November 2022.

◦A general guideline of our costs will be emailed to you at your request. The ERT has varying financial options available.

◦If you want to call and discuss any aspect of your planned production, please contact us at: or phone: +27 61 065 0022 or via WhatsApp +27 632175147.

Dedicated to those nourished by the Arts. August 2020. South Africa.

The Etienne Rousseau Theatre in 51 seconds

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