Covid-19 continues to have a dire impact on the arts and entertainment industry, with the Fugard Threatre in Cape Town being the latest casuality. This historic theatre is shutting its doors for good and theatre lover 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. pic.twitter.com/hwtE4Mmbbn
— The Fugard Theatre (@TheFugard) July 16, 2020