The Portuguese Government has decided to buy the collection owned by theatre company Teatro da Cornucópia, which is undergoing a dissolution process, the Portuguese press reports.

Portugal’s Minister of Culture Luís Castro Mendes was quoted making the announcement in an interview with newspaper Diário de Notícias and radio broadcaster TSF. The collection would be integrated in the National Museum of Theatre and Dance, located in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, he said.

Last December, Teatro da Cornucópia — directed by Luís Miguel Cintra and Cristina Reis — announced it would be closing down, after 43 years of work. Mr Cintra said the company would close because there was no money for it to continue to be Cornucópia. He explained then the group had decided it could no longer go on with trying to do the same work — with the same quality — with half the resources it had.