Joburg City Theatres suspends performances and programmes
Joburg City Theatres have been directed to postpone all shows and activities until further notice, affecting Joburg Theatre, Soweto Theatre and Roodepoort Theatre.
Joburg City Theatres has been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19). In response to the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that gatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited, on Sunday 15 March 2020.
The theatre is now on Lockdown with the rest of the country as of immediate effect.
Amongst the productions and events affected for the year are the following:
Joburg Ballet’s Don Quixote – cancelled
The Color Purple – cancelled
Joburg International Comedy Festival (JICF) – postponed / new date to be confirmed
Arts and Culture Fest – postponed / new date to be confirmed
Be Our Guest – postponed / new date to be confirmed
The Head and the Load – postponed / new date to be confirmed
SEI/Seboko Roadshow – postponed / new date to be confirmed
Mzansi Reggae Red Carpet Concert – postponed / new date to be confirmed
Duma Ndlovu Academy (DNA) development programme – suspended until schools re-open
Applied Performing Arts Administration and Management programme – suspended until schools re-open
The People’s Theatre’s The Jungle Book – postponed / new date to be confirmed
Guerrilla Classics / Human Rights Day Picnic – cancelled
BYU Ballroom Dance – postponed / new date to be confirmed
Be Brave – postponed to 3 – 4 October
I Look to You with Kelly Khumalo – postponed/new date to be confirmed
Vuma Zion – postponed / new date to be confirmed
Litsomong Youth Development Programme – suspended until schools re-open
Music Tutorial Programme – suspended until schools re-open
Talent Africa – postponed / new date to be confirmed
Curt – postponed
The CEO of Joburg City Theatres, Ms Xoliswa Nduneni Ngema, says “The safety and health of our staff, performers and visitors is our number one priority. Should there be any changes to the current status, we will take account of any recommendations from the relevant authorities and implement all appropriate instructions accordingly.”
MMC for Community Development, Councillor Margaret Arnolds, adds “We understand that these cancellations and postponements come as a disappointment, but ultimately we all want the same thing – the health and safety of our communities.
While we are all very concerned, and rightfully so, we must avoid panic and take all precautions to combat this virus. ”
All affected patrons will be contacted by Joburg City Theatres’ ticketing office to arrange a full refund for seats booked. For any enquiries, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 011 877 6853 / 011 877 6917.
Details around new dates and rescheduling of the productions, as well as any changes to the current status, will be communicated through our website, social media and newsletters in due course.
*List of cancelled/postponed productions correct as of 18 March 2020