CANCELLED Live Concerts in Cape Town

Dear Music Lovers

It is with great sadness that Cape Town is facing major closures of live music in the months ahead.

Notices came out today following the government announcement last night regarding Covid-19 and strict safety measures.

The Fugard Theatre, Theatre on the Bay and Baxter Theatre are all closed until further notice. Events at Artscape are also cancelled including the upcoming opera in concert of Fidelio. Cape Town Opera has also cancelled the Duet Gala with Pumeza Matshikiza this coming Sunday.

The Baxter is due to be closed until at least the end of April – which means all UCT School of Music concerts and Cape Town Concert Series will be cancelled for March and April. I attach their full notice below along with ticket refund information.

Further information can be found via Fine Music Radio, Whatsonincapetown and the ticket agencies Computicket, Webtickets and Quicket.

From the comfort of your home you can still connect to music:  There are a number of online music resources offering free streaming during this time of shutdown which has affected all corners of the globe.  These include The Met Opera: and the Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall:

Closer to home there is also classical and jazz 24 hours a day on Fine Music Radio – 101.3 as well as streaming via their website

Meanwhile, as the lock down is for groups of 100 or more and some smaller venues such as some jazz venues, Gate69, Erin Hall and the Rockwell Theatre remain open with strict precautions in place.  We will keep you posted on these performances.

Do let me know if you have any queries about upcoming events or are hosting any small concerts. Let’s hope they find a way to control the virus and allow for public gatherings again soon.

Kind regards

Please spare a thought for all the musicians out there…

All these concerts below are now CANCELLED or POSTPONED

Mar 17: UCT Symphony Orchestra @Baxter
Mar 18: Art and Piano @Youngblood
Mar 21: CT Concert Series @Baxter
Mar 22: Duet Gala @Kirstenbosch
Mar 27-29: Fidelio in Concert @Artscape
Mar 27-28: Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Mar 31: Piano Recital with Greta Nöthling @Baxter
April 4: St Matthew Passion @Ridgeworth
April 5: Vivaldi 4 Seasons @Christchurch Constantia
April 5: Enoch Garden @Wagner Society
April 10 & 12:  Messiah @City Hall
April 25: CT Concert Series @Baxter


The Baxter Theatre Centre has made the decision to cancel all performances at the theatre, with immediate effect, until the end of April 2020. This is in line with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of declaring South Africa a State of Disaster and the University of Cape Town’s executive decision to implement precautionary, proactive measures to minimise the risk of spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The most important public health principle is containment of the disease as far as possible, including avoiding social gatherings and minimising groups of people gathering in one space.

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, newsletter and in the press.

There has been a call on social media platforms that patrons who have booked tickets for a show at any theatre or event to please donate the tickets rather than requesting for a refund as this is precisely what can kill the arts. 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.

Patrons who would prefer a refund should follow the following online procedures: “There is a self-refund option available on your Webtickets profile. Simply login to your Webtickets profile, click on My Tickets and click on “Choose Action” and “Refund Tickets” next to your transaction. 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

The Fugard Theatre suspends shows and screenings with immediate effect

Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address on Sunday 15 March 2020, The Fugard Theatre will suspend operations with immediate effect, as of Monday 16 March 2020, until further notice due to the acceleration of the COVID-19 virus over the weekend. The health and well-being of our audiences, actors and The Fugard staff remain our foremost concern.

This will affect the following productions and screenings:
“Master Harold”… and the Boys

Never Too Naked

It’s Only A Play

What We Wish For

Concerning the Life of Babyboy Kleintjies
All Moffie screenings

The 2020 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season (until 1 June)

Details around new dates and rescheduling of our suspended productions will be communicated through our website, social media and database in due course. All patrons will be contacted by The Fugard Theatre box office to arrange a full refund for seats booked. For any enquiries, please email

Sometimes the show can’t go on: If you have tickets to a live performance or screening which has been cancelled due to COVID-19, please consider donating your ticket rather than requesting a refund. This is the kind of thing that can kill the arts. The livelihood of countless performing arts professionals are at stake.