A popular theatre in the South African city of Cape Town has announced that it has closed permanently a year after being shut because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are not persuaded that it will be Covid safe or financially viable to reopen as a theatre in the foreseeable future,” Eric Abraham, the founder of The Fugard Theatre, said in a statement on Tuesday.

The theatre was named after South African playwright Athol Fugard, who wrote soul-searing plays with roles for all South Africans over 50 years, 

Renowned South African actor, writer and director John Kani tweeted: “Another icon has falled to Covid-19.”

Other people on Twitter expressed their disappointed: