This historic theatre is shutting its doors for good and theatre lovers are shattered by this move.
“After a year of Covid closure it is with great regret and sadness that I have to confirm that The Fugard Theatre will close permanently with immediate effect,” says Eric Abraham, the founder, producer, benefactor of The Fugard Theatre. This theatre has been home to plays such as Master Harold…and the boys, The Road to Mecca, King Kong, Shakespeare in Love to name but a few.
It’s almost a year that the country has been under lockdown and in the past couples of months, the arts and entertainment industry has been hardest hit as the country navigates between lockdown levels.
Looking at the events of the past year, it makes sense why The Fugard Theatre is left with no choice but to close down. Last year, four months into the lockdown, a decision was taken that it would be closed until there is effective treatment.
“The Fugard Theatre & Bioscope will remain closed until we can be confident that staff, performers and audiences will not be at risk as a result of the availability of a vaccine or effective treatment for the Covid-19 virus. We do not envisage this to be until some point late next year (2021) at the earliest. Regrettably the majority of our staff have had to be retrenched and a small care-taking team will remain in place to ensure that The Fugard is well maintained and in a state of readiness for the day when it is safe and financially viable to re-open. I would like to thank all staff for their extraordinary achievement over the last decade in making The Fugard one of Africa’s foremost theatres. I would like to thank patrons for coming and supporting The Fugard. Keep well all,” a post read on Facebook last year in July.
Article: Caxton publication, The Citizen