THE opening night of The Pirates of Penzance at the Savoy Theatre in Port Elizabeth was disrupted yesterday when a thief stole a cast member's handbag just before the start of the show.
The show eventually started at 8.15pm – 45 minutes late. Show director Rose Cowpar said the bag was stolen while the cast were warming up and theatre patrons were still getting settled.
"The start of the show was delayed as the cast also had to be interviewed by the police."
Police spokesman Captain Stanley Jarvis said the thief made off with cash, a cellphone, iPad, an ID book and the handbag.The total value of the goods stolen was about R13000. – Thulani Gqirana