The Little Theatre serves as an interdisciplinary unit run in association with the Drama Department. It provides theatre spaces and facilities for theatre research for departments within the University as well as production opportunities for theatre, film and television companies and community groups.
As a production house, the Little Theatre coordinates a dynamic programme of classical, contemporary and experimental student productions throughout the academic year. In keeping with the focus of the senior student work, many of these productions are new South African works, directed by students, staff and visiting professional directors. The Little Theatre has also, at times, worked in partnership with the SA Museum, the SA National Gallery and many of the professional theatres and clubs in the city. Apart from student work, the theatres are hired out to professional companies and amateur dramatic societies. International theatre companies are also invited to perform on the campus.
Productions are mounted in either the Little Theatre, a proscenium arch theatre seating 240 people, the Arena Theatre, an experimental space with a seating capacity of 70 to 100 people, or in any one of a range of indoor or outdoor informal venues on campus. The Little Theatre has at its disposal a scenery workshop, costume wardrobe and furniture and properties stores. In addition to staging productions, the Little Theatre serves as an informal resource for past students and members of the public needing theatre information. Assistance is provided whenever possible.
The Drama Department is situated in Cape Town in the group of buildings around the Hiddingh Hall, between Orange Street and the upper end of the Avenue, in the Gardens. This complex is known as the Hiddingh Campus and forms the nucleus of the original historical campus of the South African College, later the University of Cape Town. The Egyptian Building dates from 1839 and is the oldest building in South Africa built for tertiary education. It is a national monument.