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Gaiety Theatre
Oudtshoorn, Western Cape

Johannes Egbertus VIXSEBOXSE: Architect
JAMES and BEBB: Contractor

Client:Oudtshoorn Theatre Co. Ltd.

In September 1912 the Oudtshoorn Theatre Company Limited advertised in the local and other newspapers asking tenders for the erection of a theatre in High Street. The design for the theatre was by Mr. J.E. VIXSEBOXSE. This building was Vixseboxse's last big assignment before he left Oudtshoorn in 1914 due to the collapse of the Ostrich feather market.

The building was designed in the late 'Edwardian' Art Nouveau Style with two Neo Cape Dutch gables. The contractors for the erection of the theatre were JAMES AND BEBB from Maitland. The following is an extract from the Oudtshoorn Courant of 12th July 1913: "It will be great and glorious news to the pleasure loving community of Oudtshoorn that the splendid Gaiety Theatre which has just been completed in High Street opposite the Imperial Hotel will be opened on 1st August 1913." The Theatre was rebuilt in 1937 after it was destroyed by fire.

(Ferreira 1983:39)

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.