The Baxter Theatre Centre has announced that it would cancel all performances at the theatre, with immediate effect, until the end of April 2020.
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday night declared a national state of disaster following the outbreak of the coronavirus in South Africa, temporarily prohibiting large gatherings of more than 100 people.
"The most important public health principle is the containment of the disease as far as possible, including avoiding social gatherings and minimising groups of people gathering in one space," said a statement released by marketing manager, Fahiem Stellenboom.
Productions during this period include David Kramer's Danger in the Dark, Tally-Ho Productions' The Last Five Years, the 55th Fleur du Cap Theatre awards, Ayana/Afrika Ablaze's I am Rain, Ndumiso Lindi's Boys Don't Cry, Celeste Ntuli's Money and Men, Best of Zabalaza 2020, all Morning Melodies, South African College of Music, Cape Town Concert Series and Masambe Theatre performances.
The Baxter will continue to follow directives from local and national government and the University of Cape Town leadership, and members of the public will be kept informed through its social media platforms and newsletter.
Patrons who have booked tickets for a show at any theatre or event are urged to donate the tickets rather than requesting for a refund.
"The livelihood of many performing arts professionals is at stake as the world tries to respond to and manage the coronavirus pandemic. The Baxter would like to encourage that this option be kindly considered," said the statement.
Patrons and members of the public who would prefer a refund should follow the self-refund option available on their Webtickets profile.
If payment was made via Pick n Pay or EFT, you will be prompted to enter your banking details and will receive a confirmation email.
Refunds will be processed and paid within five working days. For any further enquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org.