Wits Great Hall at night
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The Great Hall


The Great Hall, also managed by the Performing Arts Administration seats up to 1035, has a rich heritage that dates back to the world premiere of the SA musical, King Kong and beyond. In 1993 we hosted the St. Petersburg Ballet Company in the premises.

In 1979 the Great Hall was refurbished and given a new acoustic treatment, an inner stage and a wide forestage with an hydraulic orchestra lift.

For many decades the Johannesburg Musical Society has presented its splendid recitals, featuring the best artists from this country and all over the world in the Great Hall.

Stage from Auditorium


Venue Plan

The Wits Great Hall Technical Specifications


Seating Capacity: 1040/450 (When the auditorium is halved)
Wheelchair friendly, Under cover parking



Opening: 12m

Performance Area:
8m in front of stage of accoustic wall

Orchestra Pit:
4m x 10m

Dressing Rooms:


Control Desk:
2 way preset 24 way board

24 - 2Kw circuits



Type Number Wattage Globe Type Suggested Use/Position
T84 5 1000w T11/19 FOH slots
Harmony PC 1 1000w T11/19 Orchestra bar
JLS Fresnel 2 1000w T11/19 Stage
Parcans 10 1000w CP62/63 >Orchestra bar
Source Four 6 575w HPL575 FOH
Flood nocturnes 2 1000w P2/12 Stage
Patt 264 1 650w T13 Stage



Allen & Heath GL3
Yamaha MG

Amplifiers and Controllers:
5 x EV 7000A
3 x P/S Peak limiter
1 x Signal Processor
3 x Graphic Equalizer EQ-10
1 x Graphoc Equlizer - EQ 2710

FOH Speakers:
2 x EV Bass speakers
1 x EV HF 940
1 x EV HFT 420
1 x EV HFT 94
2 x EV B12/2a

Stage Speakers:
2 x EV Sx100
2 x EV FM-ER-1202

2 x CD players
1 x Tape deck
4 x AKG microphones
6 x Crown LM-300A



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