Joburg Premiere Of ‘The Head & The Load’ Postponed


In light of the national shutdown to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus, Joburg Theatre have announced that the South African premiere of William Kentridge’s ‘The Head & The Load’ will be postponed until August 2020. Read on for further details. 

On Wednesday, 26 February 2020, Joburg Theatre, in association with The Centre For the Less Good Idea, excitedly announced that William Kentridge’s critically acclaimed theatre spectacular, The Head & the Load, would finally make its South African debut. The show was scheduled to take place in May 2020 at Joburg Theatre for a limited season. By the time President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the stringent measures to be taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, tickets were almost sold out. However, seeing as gatherings of over 100 are to be prohibited for an uncertain period of time, the decision was made to postpone the show.

Art As A Beacon Of Light During Trying times

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.”

She continued by saying: “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.”

Head and the load

What To Do If You Already Booked Tickets?

Anyone with an existing booking for The Head & the Load may transfer it to the future performance dates or claim a full refund via the Joburg Theatre box office before 4 May 2020. 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 | info@joburgtheatre.com.

If you have not yet made a booking and would like to do so, please visit Webtickets.

Prices: R600 / R400 / R250

When Is It?

The new dates for the show are as follows:

Thursday, 6 August 2020 at 20:00 (Opening Night)

Friday, 7 August 2020 at 20:00

Saturday, 8 August 2020 at 15:00 (Matinee) and 20:00

Sunday, 9 August 2020 at 20:00

Tuesday, 11 August 2020 at 20:00 (Sold out)

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 at 15:00 (Matinee) and 20:00

Thursday, 13 August 2020 at 20:00

Friday, 14 August 2020 at 20:00 (Final performance)

For More Information

Click here for more information about The Head & the Load.

Don’t forget to follow the show on social media for updates on the show and behind the scenes content:

Facebook.com/The Head & the Load

Instagram & Twitter @headandtheload

#theheadandtheload #williamkentridge @JoburgTheatre

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