Joburg City Theatres Suspends Performances And Programmes

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.

Amongst the productions and events affected are the following:

Joburg Theatre:

  • 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

Roodepoort Theatre:

  • Talent Africa – postponed / new date to be confirmed
  • Curt – postponed

Soweto Theatre:

  • 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
  • Ingubo – Soweto Traditional Winter Fashion Show – postponed / new date to be confirmed
  • Ndofaya Arts and Culture Clap & Tap – postponed / new date to be confirmed

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. For any enquiries, please e-mail info@joburgtheatre.com 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.

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