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Message from our Director

Wednesday 18 March – 3pm

A message from our Director:

We are mindful of the growing impact of COVID-19 and we feel that the safest path for our patrons, artists, staff and crew is to close the Canberra Theatre Centre from today until 19 April and to cancel or postpone all performances during this period.

Where possible, affected performances will be rescheduled to later in the year. If you hold tickets to performances during this period, we will contact you by email to inform you of new performance dates or to issue a refund. We ask for your patience during this time.

It is not in our DNA to turn away our beloved audiences and the performers they love. It pains me and the hard-working team at the Canberra Theatre Centre to do so as we face such an interruption, for the first time in the Centre’s history. This pandemic will have a far-reaching, long-term effect on the ACT and Australian live performance industries, and we intend to support artists and presenters to the best of our ability during this challenging time. I implore you to join us in supporting the industry across this time, and especially once we are able to open our doors again.

Performances outside of the closure period remain on sale, and you should feel confident purchasing tickets and supporting artists with our assurance that if there are cancellations you will receive a refund.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Canberra Theatre Centre with open arms.  Until then, I send my very best wishes during this most unsettling time.

Kind Regards,

Alex Budd

Director, Canberra Theatre Centre

Performances affected by the temporary closure of Canberra Theatre Centre are listed below. These will no longer proceed, we will be in touch with ticket buyers regarding refunds and rescheduling:

Rescheduled Performances

  • Canberra Comedy Festival Gala – Saturday 5 December @ 8pm
  • Canberra Comedy Festival Gala: Encore – Saturday 5 December @ 5pm
  • Spirit of the Dance – Thursday 8 October @ 7.30pm
  • Arj Barker: We Need to Talk Encore – Friday 9 October @ 8pm
  • Puppetry of the Penis – Saturday 10 October @ 8pm
  • Return to Escape from Woomera 15-16 October
  • Teeny Tiny Stevies – Saturday 17 October @ 10.30am
  • Marty Sheargold – Saturday 31 October @ 7.15pm
  • Hooked on Classics – Saturday 31 October @ 7.30pm
  • Circa’s Peepshow – 4-6 November

Cancelled Performances

  • Jeff Green
  • Class Clowns
  • Shitfaced Shakespeare
  • Stephen K Amos
  • Emma Holland
  • Unedjamacated
  • Koori Comedy Showcase
  • Chris Ryan
  • The Stevenson Experience
  • Frankie McNair
  • Fiona O’Loughlin
  • Shen Yun
  • Choir of Man
  • Rolling Thunder Vietnam
  • Lennon Through A Glass Onion
  • Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Adam Kay
  • The Parting Glass
  • The Wiggles
  • An Evening with Lady Glenconner
  • The Naked Magicians
  • Sir Ranulph Fiennes
  • A Broadcast Coup
  • Tubular Bells for Two

Postponed Performances

  • The Chaser
  • Joel Creasey
  • Dave Hughes
  • Frank Woodley
  • Cal Wilson
  • Giggle & Hoot
  • The Gipsy Kings
  • Bluey’s Big Play

FAQS

Q. How long will you be closed?
We are closed to the public until 19 April.

Q. Which shows will go ahead?
No performances will be held until during the closure. We are in close communication with all presenters and will be finalising cancellations and postponements as soon as possible. As soon as we have updates, we will contact ticket buyers. The affected performances are:

Rescheduled Performances

  • Canberra Comedy Festival Gala – Saturday 5 December @ 8pm
  • Canberra Comedy Festival Gala: Encore – Saturday 5 December @ 5pm
  • Spirit of the Dance – Thursday 8 October @ 7.30pm
  • Arj Barker: We Need to Talk Encore – Friday 9 October @ 8pm
  • Puppetry of the Penis – Saturday 10 October @ 8pm
  • Return to Escape from Woomera 15-16 October
  • Teeny Tiny Stevies – Saturday 17 October @ 10.30am
  • Marty Sheargold – Saturday 31 October @ 7.15pm
  • Hooked on Classics – Saturday 31 October @ 7.30pm
  • Circa’s Peepshow – 4-6 November

Cancelled Performances

  • Jeff Green
  • Class Clowns
  • Shitfaced Shakespeare
  • Stephen K Amos
  • Emma Holland
  • Unedjamacated
  • Koori Comedy Showcase
  • Chris Ryan
  • The Stevenson Experience
  • Frankie McNair
  • Fiona O’Loughlin
  • Shen Yun
  • Choir of Man
  • Rolling Thunder Vietnam
  • Lennon Through A Glass Onion
  • Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Adam Kay
  • The Parting Glass
  • The Wiggles
  • An Evening with Lady Glenconner
  • The Naked Magicians
  • Sir Ranulph Fiennes
  • Sam Amidon: The Anthology of American Folk Music

Postponed Performances

  • The Chaser
  • Joel Creasey
  • Dave Hughes
  • Frank Woodley
  • Cal Wilson
  • Giggle & Hoot
  • The Gipsy Kings
  • Bluey’s Big Play

Q. Is the box office open during this time?
Our in-person box office will be closed during this period. Tickets will still be available online and while our call centre will be open (check call centre opening hours here), we are currently dealing with a high volume of enquiries which may result in long wait times. We recommend contacting canberraticketing@act.gov.au with any enquiries.

Q. How can I contact Canberra Ticketing?
We are currently dealing with a high volume of enquiries, which may result in long wait times over the phone. We recommend contacting canberraticketing@act.gov.au with any enquiries.

Q. How quickly will I hear if my show is cancelled or postponed?
We are in close communication with all presenters and will be finalising cancellations and postponements as soon as possible. As soon as we have updates, we will contact ticket buyers.

Q. I have tickets for an event after the closure. Will it go ahead?
We are carefully following advice from the Commonwealth and ACT governments, as well as from our industry body the Live Performance Authority, and if there are changes to events after the current closure we will alert ticket buyers as quickly as possible.

 

NEED TO KNOW

Canberra Ticketing and Canberra Theatre Centre are the authorised ticket sellers for this event

Please be aware that the Canberra Theatre Centre has no obligation to honour tickets purchased via unauthorised re-sellers. If you attend the event with a ticket purchased via an unauthorised re-seller such as Ticketmaster Resale, Viagogo, Ticketbis, eBay, Gumtree, Tickets Australia or otherwise, you may be refused entry to the event.

Please read about our stance on scalping here.

COVID-19 Update: Wednesday 18 March 3pm

Canberra Theatre Centre will be closed to the public until 19 April in response to Coronavirus/COVID-19.  Ticketholders will be contacted by email regarding new performance dates or to issue a refund. We ask for your patience during this time. Read a statement from our Director.

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