The Dinner Theatre Cirque Spectacular

The History of Zingara

Originally founded in 2001 by Richard Griffin, Madame Zingara was a capricious 80-seater restaurant nestled in the heart of Cape Town’s city centre. It was well known for its outlandish glitter-dusted service and Richard’s whimsical culinary creations.

When disaster truck in 2006 and the entire restaurant was burnt to the ground, Richard joined forces with the Klessen family in Belgium and brought the very first Spiegel tent to African shores.

There are only a handful of the legendry Mirror Tents left in the world today, and Spiegelpaleis has been a family-run business for almost a century. Constructed of wood, mirrors, canvas and leaded glass with ornate velvet and brocade detail, each has its own unique personality and style. Our beloved Victoria was manufactured in the 1920’s and can accommodate up to 1000 people standing, 600 in theatre-style and 420 seated for dinner.

Like every old theatre, her spirit travels with her, woven into the ballooning velvet canopies, circular stage and stained cut-glass windows. Her intimate booths, ornate bar and beveled mirror columns hold a million secrets, while her glorious Art Nouveau chandelier hangs above and trapeze swings dangle overhead, recreating a magical Fin de Siecle atmosphere in this gem from the past.