UPDATE: Halifax’s Neptune Theatre postpones re-opening

Under the Neptune Reunited banner, the new dates for the concerts and play readings are yet to be announced.

Neptune Reunited will be the first live performances for in-person audiences at Neptune since March 13, 2020, when it closed its doors due to the pandemic. Photo by Finn Hackshaw on Unsplash.
Neptune Reunited will be the first live performances for in-person audiences at Neptune since March 13, 2020, when it closed its doors due to the pandemic. Photo by Finn Hackshaw on Unsplash.

Just days after announcing it would re-open for in-person performances, Neptune Theatre has been forced to close once again due to the latest Nova Scotia restrictions announced today and in effect until March 26.

In an email statement, a Neptune Theatre spokesperson stated the timing of the restrictions was unfortunate as they were eager to open their doors and welcome audiences but acknowledged keeping the community safe was important

When we announced our Reunited series of concerts and play readings, the support from our patrons was overwhelming. It is the ongoing support from our patrons that helps us remain steadfast in our efforts to lift our curtains again,” reads the statement. “We are learning how to be adaptable in these unprecedented times and fortunately, we were able to postpone this series and will announce the new dates later this week.”

Details of the Reunited series were originally announced just last week. Details of that original announcement are below:

Neptune Theatre has announced a small series of live concerts and play readings are returning to its downtown Halifax venues.

“It’s time to warm up the theatre again.”

“We are thrilled to finally welcome people back and present a series of concerts and play readings that will certainly promise a delightful night of memories and laughter,” says Neptune Theatre’s artistic director Jeremy Webb in a media release. “It’s time to warm up the theatre again.”

Under the Neptune Reunited banner, the fundraiser to help reopen the theatre, the musical theatre concerts will feature a changing Nova Scotian talent roster. A curated selection of play readings will shine a spotlight on emerging playwrights and new works.

Running every Saturday from March 6 – April 3, the concert performances will be presented at Fountain Hall, with each performance limited to 100 people. The play readings will take place in the Scotiabank Stage, with each performance limited to 50 people.

On March 20, Neptune’s Theatre School will showcase the next generation of performers for World Youth Theatre Day, and that same evening will play host to an evening of jazz, rhythm and blues from the Corey Adams All-Star Band.

Neptune Reunited will be the first live performances for in-person audiences at Neptune since March 13, 2020, when it closed its doors due to the pandemic and subsequently moved online with Neptune at Home.

“It is our hope that this is just the beginning,” says Webb. “Our patrons have told us that they are eager to return when it’s safe to do so. With a robust set of guidelines from public health, we are ready to give our audiences a safe and comfortable environment to experience live entertainment again.”

As a fundraiser for Neptune Theatre, refunds will not be issued for purchased tickets. Instead, patrons can convert their tickets before the performance into a tax-deductible donation for the equivalent value.

Tickets are now on sale. Visit neptunetheatre.com for tickets and information.