Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre
School of Arts; College of Humanities
UKZN Howard College Campus




Founded in 1981 by the late Professor Elizabeth Sneddon, the EST has the proud reputation of being the first theatre to service a drama department at an academic institution.  As part of UKZN's School of Arts within the College of Humanities, the theatre is also available for hire by outside companies, and therefore hosts a wide variety of independently produced events, ranging from corporate functions and launches to dance programs, childrens' shows, music reviews, rock concerts, comedy, satire and drama. In addition, the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre has a close association with the University's Centre for Creative Arts, playing host to internationally reputed events such as trh annual Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience.

A Comment from the Theatre Director

Bust of Prof. Sneddon

Nobody can say that nothing ever happens in Durban, for in one theatre alone there are over 17 productions of a varied nature taking place during the course of a year. Those that are privately funded by local entrepreneurs and producers are designed largely to entertain, as is necessary for financial feasibility. Festivals and events receiving sponsorship and funding from outside sources are structured not only to showcase and exchange ideas, artistry and talent but also to play a vital educational role.

We are thus proud to present another year of varied entertainment to our audiences, and the following gentle reminder from Federico Garcia Lorca (Spanish Playwright and poet) to those who may steer away from challenging and innovative productions:

A nation which does not help and does not encourage its theatre is, if not dead, dying; just as the theatre which does not feel the social pulse, the historical pulse, the drama of its people…has no right to call itself a theatre, but an amusement hall, or a place for doing that dreadful thing known as “killing time.”

There are many people who work very hard at keeping theatre and the arts alive in KZN, and we encourage and implore the public to support events at all theatres and venues. We would also like to extend an invitation for comments and suggestions regarding productions for the future at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

Jackie Cunniffe


Annual Theatre Maintenance Period

EST_website_logo17 Jan - 23 Feb 2024

There are currently no shows on at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre as staff members are on annual leave after a busy festive season.  Thereafter the theatre will enter a compulsory annual maintenance period.

Our first event of 2024 is a ThinkTheatre production of Othello and Hamlet for Grade 11 and 12 learners, commencing on 26 Feb and running until 20 March.  For booking enquiries in this regard, please contact Doreen Stanley as follows:
Cell: 084 556 0668
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Further information regarding our forthcoming events for 2024 will be published on this site in mid February.  Please join our newsletter to receive emailed details of each new event.