High drama preceded the opening night of the global-hit musical Sarafina! at the Joburg Theatre on Friday when acclaimed playwright, director and producer Dr Mbongeni Ngema was served with a removal notice by theatre management.
Allegations of sexual harassment were levelled against Ngema, and his assistant manager Sam Madikane, by members of the Sarafina! cast, leading to such a notice being served on the pair.
In a statement released late on Friday night, Joburg Theatre confirmed it had noted the complaints and that an internal investigation was currently under way.
"The abovementioned allegations have been brought to the attention of management at Joburg Theatre. As a theatre, the interest of safety for all that use the venue is a priority and as such, an internal investigation is under way," the statement read.
The theatre had also made available counsellors for cast members for the duration of the production's season.