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South African premiere of new William Kentridge work postponed to August 2020

The Head & the Load at Joburg Theatre supported by RMB and FNB and in partnership with the City of Johannesburg, with music composed and conceived by Philip Miller and Thuthuka Sibisi, will move to 6 – 14 August 2020.

William Kentridge portrait
William Kentridge PHOTO Stella Olivier

William Kentridge’s large-scale theatre work The Head & the Load, scheduled to be seen for the first time in Africa at Joburg Theatre in May, has been postponed until 6 – 14 August due to the escalating measures put in place to help combat the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.
     Executive producer Rachel Chanoff said, ‘In the light of President Ramaphosa’s declaration of a national state of disaster and after consulting William Kentridge, the performing company, our sponsors, supporters and key stakeholders including RMB and FNB, we feel it necessary due to the fast-moving nature of the current pandemic to postpone the May season of The Head & the Load until August. The health and well-being of the whole team and of our audiences must be our top priority. Anyone with an existing booking can transfer it to the future performance dates or claim a full refund via the Joburg Theatre box office before 4 May 2020.
     ‘Art is a beacon in turbulent times. Over the coming weeks, we’d like to encourage all supporters of the arts to follow The Head & the Load on social media, where we’ll be bringing you a wide range of behind the scenes content, a chance to meet the artists involved in bringing the production to life, plus updates and insights from the cast and creative team. During this challenging period when so many stages will be dark around the world, let’s come together to celebrate our creativity and community.’
     Joburg Theatre box office staff will be in touch with all patrons to discuss their preferred ticketing option, or they can be contacted on 011 877 6853/ 6815 or

The new performance schedule is:
Evening performances: Thursday 6 Aug (Opening Night), Friday 7, Saturday 8,  Sunday 9, Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12, Thursday 13, Friday 14 (Final Performance) at 20:00
Matinee performances: Saturday 8, Wednesday 12 and Friday 14 at 15:00
Prices: R600 / R400 / R250
New Bookings: / 0861 670 670
Social media:
Instagram @headandtheload
Twitter @headandtheload
#theheadandtheload #williamkentridge @JoburgTheatre 

In the meantime, read Creative Feel’s in-depth Q&A with William Kentridge about The Head & the Load here.

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