The Barnyard Theatre - Willowbridge

Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre, 39 Carl Cronje Drive, Tygervalley, Cape Town


Born from humble beginnings in an old barn in near Plettenberg Bay, The Barnyard Theatre has gone on to become a household name in the entertainment arena of South Africa.With a Barnyard in every major city, it seems the franchise just continues to grow in popularity and stature each year.

Founders Sybel Coetzee and Louis Moller had always had a passion for the stage, having worked in the stage and television arena for many years. When they escaped the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg and moved their family to a dairy farm in the Cape, they found themselves yearning for the spotlights once more. In 1996, they held their first show in the rustic barn of the farm and the community responded with unbridled enthusiasm. With the whole family pitching in to take stock and sell tickets and their old friends from the show business lending their talents, the first Barnyard soon became a highlight for locals and visitors alike.

Soon more franchises opened under the guidance and friendship of the Mollers and the rustic charm and vibey atmosphere of the Barnyard continued to spread its’ way across the country. Today there are 8 Barnyard Theatres operating throughout South Africa. Louis joined forces with Duck Chowles, who began penning and producing the numerous and popular Barnyard productions.

The Barnyard Theatres have all retained the quaint rustic charm of the original theatre and have become places of celebration for all walks of life from weddings, anniversary’s and birthdays to charity fundraisers.