Looking for things to do in Cape Town? Alexander Upstairs is an intimate performance space completely separate from the bar area with a festival-style programming model featuring drama, comedy, cabaret, jazz, acoustic sessions, readings and more. We often schedule more than one performance per night so please check times carefully when booking.


Drag • Running Time: 60 mins
Lilly Slaptsilli
Fresh from a colonic, drag star Lilly Slaptsilli celebrates an extended run of her hit solo show Shenanigans. She's hauling her heels upstairs along with lipstick, trilogy, tiaras, parody and pantyhose from the top drawer. Whether you’re an avid fan of drag shows or have yet to experience one, the hostess of humour with a licence to lip-sync will pull a cast of characters from her closet to delight, thrill and entertain you. Shenanigans is a glamorous evening of provocative and playful performances by Lilly Slaptsilli.

Book for Shenanigans by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 2nd Jul 8pm R140 (R120 online) Fri 3rd Jul 8pm R140 (R120 online)

The Vintage Varietease Show

Burlesque • Running Time: 60 mins
Presented by: Black Orchid Burlesque S.A. Performances by: Diva Disastar - Artiste, Miss B.have - Artiste, Bon Bon - Artiste, Sapphire Flex - Starlette, Honeybun Shortcake - Bobette (Newbie)
Warning: "A Slightly Naughty Theatre Experience!", for mature audiences only!
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Offering you a glittering array of seasoned professionals, as well as upcoming starlettes, Black Orchid Burlesque invites you to travel back to a time filled with glamour, sophistication and old-world charm.

Featuring timeless one-of-a-kind performances that focuses on the subtlety of a woman’s seduction fused with brazen abandon. Using vintage inspired music for these whimsical performances, our five beautiful burlesquers bring the stage to life!

So, come wine and dine at the fabulously vintage inspired Alexander Bar before you submerge yourself into an air of nostalgia as we revisit the era of classic burlesque at The Vintage Varietease Show!

The Vintage Varietease Show features beautiful burlesque performances by:

Diva Disastar – “S.A.’s Original Dame of Burlesque!”
Miss B.have – “Miss B.have by name, Misbehaved by nature!”
Bon Bon – “Quiet by day, Sensational by night!”
Sapphire Flex – “The most flexible Pin-Up in town!”
Honeybun Shortcake – “The Sweetheart with a feisty bite!”

Book for The Vintage Varietease Show by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Sat 4th Jul 9pm R150 (R120 online): Hurry! Only 7 tickets left! Sat 4th Jul 11pm R150 (R120 online)

Play Things

Open-mic performance, writing, film & music • Running Time: 70 mins
Jared Musiker, The Proboscis Prophecies and more
Warning: Running time may vary drastically
Surprises. The unexpected. The unforeseen. If these words fill you with dread then Play Things is not for you. Play Things is a platform for the odd, the eclectic, the unpredictable. It's an open-mic night of multiple genres and styles... we have poetry and comedy, drama and dancing, film and shenanigans. What will you see this time?

I don't know.

Meanwhile downstairs it's  SINGLE MALT MONDAY - all single malts are R30 a tot!

Book for Play Things by clicking this button:
Mon 6th Jul 8pm R30 (R20 online)

The Game: Shannon's Tongue

Anti-theatre • Running Time: 70 mins
Milton Schorr, Adrian Collins & The Mystery Kid.
Described as ‘genius’, ‘relentless’, and ‘funny as hell, brave as a motherf****r’, The Game is back with the premiere of Shannon’s Tongue, a new installment in the cult series.

Join Frik, Shannon & The Mystery Kid as they face the most devastating test of their lives. 20 years ago Shannon's tongue was taken from him, now it's time to take it back.

The Game was first performed in Cape Town in June of 2009 before travelling to the Grahamstown Festival, where it received the worst review in the history of humankind. "A waste of time and money..', 'I felt embarrassed to be a part of the human race…' and ‘no game, no talent, no storyline’ are just a few snippets from that landmark text.

As with all ground-breaking theatre real opinion was divided. "It was like being on a f*****g roller coaster”, "shock and awe" and “I’ve never seen a group of people laugh this hard” were a few of the impressions gleaned.

That first review went on to form an integral part of the saga of The Game as it has continued to challenge audiences with its unique non-theatrical style.

After two successful runs of the original show, a sequel and a smash hit at the Alexander Bar with The Game: Redemption earlier this year, The Game is back with its newest instalment; Shannon’s Tongue.

Book for The Game: Shannon's Tongue by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Tue 7th Jul 7pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 8th Jul 7pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 9th Jul 7pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 10th Jul 7pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 11th Jul 7pm R90 (R80 online)

Life, with Oli Booth

Stand Up • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Greg Karvelas and Nik Rabinowitz | Written & performed by Oliver Booth
Life, with Oli Booth is a first hand account of young white South African comedian Oliver Booth trying to navigate the world around him. The show takes the audience on a roller-coaster of observations and opinions on subjects as mundane and exciting as quitting smoking, being a standup, motorcyclists and dogs at the park... Because what the world really needs more of is a white man's opinion. This heartfelt look into one of Cape Town's up-and-coming comedian's brains is guaranteed to make you laugh, cry or at worst chuckle vaguely under your breath, besides all the other shows are at the Grahamstown festival so this really is your only theatre option.

Book for Life, with Oli Booth by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 9th Jul 9pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 10th Jul 9pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 11th Jul 9pm R90 (R80 online)

Mother City Sketch

Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
The Mother City Sketch show returns to the Alexander bar for another hilarious show made up of a variety of short comedy sketches or scenes performed by comedy improv group The Long Shots and featuring special guest. After the previous run of sold out shows earlier this year , its time to bring back some of the crowd favourites and well as all new, never before seen sketches. Each Sketch is between 5 and 8 Minutes longs and based on everyday moments,finding the humour in them and often stretching the reality of the scenario toward the ridiculous.

Sketch comedy as a style allows performers to deal with a myriad of different topics and subjects in a light hearted and comedic way. Good old fashioned laughter mixed in with some intriguing characters and recognizable scenarios. Mother City Sketch aims to showcase scenes which deal with issues both current and age old, as well as subjects and characters that we see and experience around South Africa. Mother city Sketch shows are written by the performers themselves. Topics and scenarios are used which are relevant and current in South Africa and the world we live in. However it is not satire. These ideas are workshopped by the performers, allowing them to develop their characters and the scenarios these characters find themselves in as to give each sketch a fully formed life of its own.

Book for Mother City Sketch by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 16th Jul 9pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 17th Jul 9pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 18th Jul 9pm R90 (R80 online)

Proboscis Prophecies

Contemporary World / Jazz • Running Time: 75 mins
Proboscis is Liane Halton (guitar), Jay Latter (drums), Kyle Dijkstra (bass), Andrea Fisher-Jeffes (trombone/euphonium) & Shaun Acker (saxophone)
Warning: 15 minute interval
The artistic coupling of the acoustic brass band The Phax Trio and the rhythmic trio Seed breathes life into this collaborative ensemble; presenting their original contemporary world, jazz and brass instrumental music.   The musical and instrumental genetics of Phax and Seed are perfectly suited. Seed is a rhythmic band (drums, bass and guitar) and Phax is a horn section (euphonium/trombone and saxophone). Establishing a solid quintet. The music of Seed is inspired by Avishai Cohen and Anushka Shankar and Phax is inspired by Goran Bregović, Paris Combo and Giora Feidman.   Proboscis will be performing an anthology of arrangements by both bands. Seed brings “Song for my Mother; Resonance; Elephant and Calf; Ants; Proboscis and Phax brings Phax Suite i,ii,iii; Italian Scallion; Persian Tanz; Windigo. All music references the geography and biology of our world and our human ties to it.  Though “Proboscis” refers to Butterflies, this band is more akin to moths and their short life-cycle. After months of rehearsal and gestation the band will only perform for one special week in July before disbanding.

Book for Proboscis Prophecies by clicking this button:
Fri 17th Jul 7pm R100 (R90 online)

Dani and the Lion

Cabaret • Running Time: 65 mins
Performance, music & lyrics by Daneel van der Walt | Performance & musical arrangement by Roelof Colyn | Direction & design by Jason Potgieter | Presented by the Instant Arts Collective
Ever thought what it might be like if everyone had their own personal band following them around from birth, playing the soundtrack to their life? Some might have a 3-piece garage set, some a full orchestra, others a mariachi quartet. Dani (Daneel van der Walt) has Leo (Roelof Colyn). Leo is a depressed lion who plays the keys and occasionally offers a "do-whup" or an "oooh-wah" if he's sober enough to sing. Together, Dani and the Lion present a 65 minute cabaret-styled journey into the mind of a rather charming and somewhat quirky chick, featuring all new work by Daneel herself and a couple of covers that will get you laughing, clapping, sighing and maybe even bebopping too.

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Book for Dani and the Lion by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Mon 20th Jul 9pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 21st Jul 9pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 22nd Jul 9pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 23rd Jul 9pm R90 (R80 online) Fri 24th Jul 9pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 25th Jul 9pm R90 (R80 online) Mon 27th Jul 9pm R90 (R80 online) Tue 28th Jul 9pm R90 (R80 online) Wed 29th Jul 9pm R90 (R80 online) Thu 30th Jul 9pm R90 (R80 online) Sat 1st Aug 9pm R90 (R80 online)

Love & Prozac

Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by John Trengove | Performed by Sonia Esgueira | Created by Sonia & John
The naughty girls' (mis)guide to dating, bonking and other disasters!

The Titanic of the dating world is on the prowl in a dirty comedy about love. One actress, thirteen sidesplitting characters.

"A mirth fest by one of S.A’s sharpest, smartest, sassi­est, fun­ni­est actresses.” - Busi­ness Day.

“S.A should be proud of this gem. Astound­ing, hilarious…a must see!” The Star.

"9.5/10!" Monday Missile.

Sonia Esgueira returns to Alexander Bar's intimate theatre upstairs after standing ovations and raves from the audience for her December run. Love & Prozac got an average of 4.5 stars and feedback like:

"Too funny! A great performance by Sonia Esgueira. She kept us in stitches - such character in every expression! Awesome-sauce!" - Angie

"Loved it! Very funny, well written and a fantastic performance." - Ruth

"I absolutely loved the show. Sonia is so talented, she had us all laughing our heads off." - Michelle

Press & Reviews

Book for Love & Prozac by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Tue 21st Jul 7pm R100 (R90 online) Wed 22nd Jul 7pm R100 (R90 online) Thu 23rd Jul 7pm R100 (R90 online) Fri 24th Jul 7pm R100 (R90 online) Sat 25th Jul 7pm R100 (R90 online)

Josie Field

Acoustic Soul • Running Time: 60 mins
Her signature sound is a potent mix of lyricism and fire, heart-felt issues and tender constructions, rooted in folk but encompassing multiple genres. Like silk on gravel, Field has a unique textured blues infused voice and soulful vocal delivery style which sets her apart. Having dabbled in soul, blues and country in her third album and with strong elements of jazz coming through on her latest release, Josie is no ordinary folk musician, don’t be misled by the singer/songwriter tag. Earlier this year Josie Field’s latest release S’bongile was nominated for a South African Music Award. Her fourth offering is a completely indie acoustic album which includes some of her best work and embodies the magic of her stripped down acoustic show. Born from pure demand for a more acoustic representation of Josie’s sound, the album has delivered, S’bongile has a real organic feel. Stripped of a glossy full production, the warmth of Josie’s voice and lyrical style glides over tasteful guitars with hints of percussion. Lyrics have space to breath and it’s clear what an exceptionally talented songwriter Field is. Experience the intimate nature and soulful performance of one of South Africa’s most versatile and experienced singer songwriter.

Book for Josie Field by clicking this button:
Fri 28th Aug 8pm R90 (R80 online)
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Tomorrow (Wednesday)

OMG Quiz Night


OMG Quiz Night
Wed 8 8pm
Wed 15 8pm
Wed 22 8pm
Wed 29 8pm

Play Things
Open-mic performance, writing, film & music
Mon 6 8pm

The Game: Shannon's Tongue
Tue 7 7pm
Wed 8 7pm
Thu 9 7pm
Fri 10 7pm
Sat 11 7pm

Life, with Oli Booth
Stand Up
Thu 9 9pm
Fri 10 9pm
Sat 11 9pm

Mother City Sketch
Thu 16 9pm
Fri 17 9pm
Sat 18 9pm

Proboscis Prophecies
Contemporary World / Jazz
Fri 17 7pm

Dani and the Lion
Mon 20 9pm
Tue 21 9pm
Wed 22 9pm
Thu 23 9pm
Fri 24 9pm
Sat 25 9pm
Mon 27 9pm
Tue 28 9pm
Wed 29 9pm
Thu 30 9pm

Love & Prozac
Tue 21 7pm
Wed 22 7pm
Thu 23 7pm
Fri 24 7pm
Sat 25 7pm

This Thursday

2 Jul 8pm

This Friday

3 Jul 8pm

This Saturday

The Vintage Varietease Show
4 Jul 9pm 11pm


Dani and the Lion
Sat 1 9pm

Josie Field
Acoustic Soul
Fri 28 8pm

For enquiries please call 021.300.1652.
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