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Habimah and Israel Opera Quarrel over Use of Theatre

A long-smouldering feud between the Habimah Theatre and the National Opera Company of Israel over the use of the Habimab’s the are by the opera group burst into the open here last night when the opera group broke into the theatre to present Grieg’s “Song of Norway” as originally scheduled.

Early this year, after frequent clashes between the two groups over conflicting work schedules in the same hall, the dispute was mediated by Justice Minister Pinhas Rosen and the opera group agreed to vacate the premises within six months. The six-month period expired two weeks ago, but the opera had not been able to find suitable space. Despite appeals from the Minister of Interior and the Mayor of Tel Aviv, the Habimah refused to extend the agreement and padlocked the hall. Last night’s action was the opera company’s reply.

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