Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre has announced that it will be postponing two of its new shows to January 2022 as a result of increasing Covid-19 cases in the country.
The two shows, Life & Times of Michael K and Kiss of the Spider Woman, were both set to be staged in 2021.
In a newsletter to its patrons, Baxter Theatre’s CEO Lara Foot explains that increased restrictions on audience numbers as a result of the adjusted Level 2 lockdown regulations, as well as positive Covid-19 cases in their production team have led to the postponements.
‘We had no choice but to close the theatre for several days, and now, to cancel the entire run for both Life & Times of Michael K and Kiss of a Spider Woman. Unfortunately, there had been contact between crew members. Whilst I always stay positive about the Baxter Theatre, I have to concede that these times of COVID have had a crippling effect. Some people have suggested streaming, but this is not financially viable and to be frank, it is just not theatre.’Lara Foot
As such, Foot and the Baxter team have taken a decision to bring back both shows at the end of January 2022 when they hope to be able to play to at least 50% capacity. Those that have purchased tickets already for the shows, can ‘park’ their tickets for the return season and will also have preferential booking.
‘I can say without any doubt, that both shows are of the highest standard and we have given our all to make exceptional theatre,’ says Foot.
The Baxter Theatre also has an ongoing campaign which allows patrons and supporters of the arts to donate what they can in order to help the theatre and its staff through this period. The campaign is available at www.thebaxter.xyz/baxtercoffeeangels.