Statement issued by The South African State Theatre: The South African State Theatre has decided to cancel ‘Sarafina’ Musical’s performances from Thursday to Sunday 23 April, following challenges that occurred on Wednesday, when cast members refused to perform for a scheduled show over unpaid salaries. Communication in respect of performances from Tuesday 25 April will be issued on or before Monday 24 April.
“We have been informed that the problems have arisen because of the delays in payment and reporting between Committed Artists and the national Department of Arts and Culture (DAC). We recognise that although this is not a South African State Theatre production, the fact that it is presented at the SAST has serious implications for the theatre’s reputation,” says SAST’s CEO, Dr Sibongiseni Mkhize.
“We will continuously monitor the ongoing discussions between DAC and Committed Artists, and we endeavour to always act responsibly to ensure the long-term sustainability of the theatre and to inculcate a positive relationship with all its stakeholders. We wish to sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused to the theatre-lovers, many of whom had booked tickets in advance hoping to watch this spectacular musical, which is celebrating 30 years this year,” says Dr Mkhize.
“We as the SAST management are disheartened by these unfortunate developments, which have marred what was proving to be a highly successful season. We wish to emphasize that the show has not been closed, but the SAST management has temporarily suspended performances until the funding issues between DAC and Committed Artists are resolved.”