Coronavirus: Singapore International Festival of Arts and War Horse cancelled
SINGAPORE – The Singapore International Festival of Arts (Sifa) and the blockbuster National Theatre’s War Horse are the latest casualties of the coronavirus pandemic. The two biggest productions on Singapore’s upcoming cultural calendar have been cancelled.
The Arts House Limited (AHL), presenter of Sifa, which was to have been held from May 15 to 31, announced that the annual arts festival will go on hiatus in a press release on Monday (March 23).
The West End hit, War Horse, which was to have been staged at the Esplanade from April 24 to May 10, has also been cancelled. Patrons who have bought tickets will be contacted about refunds.
The cancellation will be a financial blow for the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT), which is jointly presenting the show with the Esplanade. SRT’s director Charlotte Nors, 53, said: “Having worked for seven years to bring National Theatre’s War Horse to Singapore, it is heart-breaking that it cannot proceed. But the Esplanade and SRT fully support the safety measures put in place and place everyone’s well-being as our number one priority.”
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