The Adelaide Festival Centre will close to the public and suspend all performances until April 30 following the declaration of a public health emergency in South Australia.
The decision affects around 10 scheduled performances including the cancellation of the State Theatre Company of SA’s upcoming season of The Gospel According to Paul and the touring production School of Rock the Musical.
“Above all, we are concerned for the safety of patrons, artists, staff and volunteers – and their families,” said centre CEO and artistic director Douglas Gautier.
“We deeply regret any inconvenience caused to our patrons and any distress to performers and the teams of people who work so hard to create and produce our shows.
“Our thoughts are with those in the arts and creative industries who will be most affected by this challenging situation.”
The Art Gallery of South Australia has also decided to suspend its public programs and members’ events “as a precautionary measure”.
“AGSA remains open to the public – we recognise the important role that art can play in times of uncertainty,” it said in a statement.