Show cancellations hit Cabaret Festival opening weekend

COVID and a flight cancellation have disrupted the opening weekend of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, with one major show now off the schedule.

Festival organizers announced a short time ago that all performances by How to Kill Your Husband (and Other Helpful Household Tips) was canceled following a positive COVID-19 case.

The grand opening show, presented by State Opera South Australia, was set to take place at the Dunstan Playhouse from tonight through Sunday.

It would be the first performance of the State Opera at the Cabaret Festival and the opera directorial debut of the theater director Nescha Jelk was respected.

In a statement, Adelaide Cabaret Festival executive producer Alex Sinclair thanked the audience for their understanding and support.

“We are so disappointed that we can’t move forward with How do you kill your husband? this weekend because of COVID,” she said.

“Over the next three weekends, we hope customers will enjoy seeing the many fantastic shows and participating in the festivities.”

Tonight’s performance of Davina and the bums has also been canceled due to a flight cancellation from the United States.

However, the performances scheduled on Saturday and Sunday at 8.15 pm in De Beroemde Spiegeltent will continue as usual.

“While we are disappointed that tomorrow night’s show cannot take place, we are looking forward to a great start to the festival and welcome Davina & The Vagabonds to Adelaide Cabaret Festival from Saturday where they are sure to amaze the audience,” said Sinclair.

“We apologize for any inconvenience caused and look forward to seeing cabaret fans and new audiences join the festivities at our favorite winter festival.”

The Cabaret Festival said it would notify all affected cardholders, and refunds would be processed automatically.

The opening of the Cabaret Festival this weekend heralds 12 days of performances under the artistic direction of iconic Australian singer, songwriter, record producer and actress Tina Arena.

The festival opens tonight and lasts until June 25.

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