Stage Plays and Public Entertainments Act
- Commenced on 30 September 1943
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2000.]
- [Note: The version of the Act as at 31 December 2000 was revised and consolidated by the Law Reform Commission of Uganda. All subsequent amendments have been researched and applied by Laws.Africa for ULII.]
Part I — Interpretation
1. InterpretationIn this Act—
Part II — Licensing of theatres
2. Licensing of theatres and safety of persons attending them
3. Supervision to ensure safety
Part III — Permits for stage plays and public entertainments
4. Permit for performance of stage play
5. Submission of stage play and description of public entertainment for which permit is required
6. Consideration of applications for entertainment permits by the council
7. Refusal of permitsThe council may in its absolute discretion refuse to grant any entertainment permit or may grant the permit subject to any terms and conditions to be specified in the permit as the council may deem fit.
8. Free permitsThe council may direct that an entertainment permit be issued free in cases where the stage play or public entertainment is to be given for any charitable, educational or public purpose.
9. Exhibition of postersIt shall be unlawful for any person publicly to exhibit any poster or advertisement containing any illustration or scenic description of any stage play or public entertainment unless the poster or advertisement has been approved by the council.
Part IV — General
10. Duty of owner of theatre
11. Power of entry
12. Cruelty to animalsAny person who maltreats any animal taking part in any stage play or public entertainment commits an offence.
13. Appeal to Minister
14. No person to be excluded from public performance on ground of raceNo person shall be excluded from the public performance or presentation of any stage play or public entertainment on the ground of race.
15. Permits for private performances in licensed theatres
16. Council’s power to order surrender of script
17. RulesThe Minister may in his or her discretion make rules—
18. Minister may declare any entertainment to be publicThe Minister may by statutory instrument declare any entertainment, other than stage plays and cinematograph exhibitions, to which the public are admitted, to be a public entertainment for the purposes of this Act.
19. Offences and penaltiesEvery omission or neglect to comply with, and every act done or attempted to be done contrary to this Act, or of any rules or order made under this Act, or in breach of the conditions and restrictions, subject to or upon which any licence or permit has been issued under this Act or any rules made under this Act, shall be deemed to be an offence against this Act; and for every such offence the offender shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding two thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment.
History of this document
30 September 1943