MADC’s annual Shakespeare at San Anton cancelled due to Covid-19

This year’s production, The Merry Wives of Windsor directed by Polly March, has been postponed to summer 2021.

A Midsummer Night's Dream 2016 - photo by Christine Joan Muscat Azzopardi

Due to the ongoing situation caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, the MADC, producers of the annual outdoor summer Shakespeare at San Anton Gardens, has announced that the July 2020 performances of The Merry Wives of Windsor have been postponed.  

“Although the present situation has been relaxed over the past couple of weeks, social distancing is still being recommended and this does not help us in the context of a theatre set-up,” says Martin Azzopardi, Chairman of the MADC, “Also, as confirmed during the Prime Minister’s press conference this week, large group gatherings are still not permitted this summer.”

Director Polly March and the cast of The Merry Wives of Windsor had been set to start rehearsals this week. However, they have all committed to return for the production in July 2021. In the meantime, plans are already in place for the club to produce Hamlet directed by Michael Mangion in 2022.

The Tempest 2019 – photo by Francesca Briffa

“We are very sorry to have had come to this decision as we have performed Shakespeare outdoors annually since 1953, following the first performance in 1938. This break in 2020 will make history. We would like to assure our supporters that we will be back next year to carry on this much-loved annual theatre appointment with Shakespeare,” Azzopardi adds.

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