Mirvish Productions will lengthen the closing of all 4 of its Toronto theatres until a minimum of June 30.
“It is imperative that we all play our part in containing the spread of COVID-19,” the theatre firm mentioned in a information launch Friday. “The priority of Mirvish Productions is the health and safety of audiences, artists and staff.”
The announcement follows a directive from Toronto public well being officers earlier this week that town be locked down for 12 extra weeks, which traces up with Mirvish’s June 30 date.
The theatres — together with the Ed Mirvish and CAA theatres on Yonge St., and the Royal Alexandra and Princess of Wales on King St. W. — will reopen solely when well being officers declare it secure for individuals to assemble in public areas once more, David Mirvish mentioned within the launch.
The announcement impacts those that obtained hard-won tickets to musical sensation “Hamilton,” which opened on the Ed Mirvish Theatre in February and was scheduled to play until May 17.
Mirvish suspended performances March 14 and is now cancelling all remaining dates for the hip-hop musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Also affected are performances of Canadian sensation “Come From Away,” which was in its third 12 months on the Royal Alexandra Theatre.
Mirvish says “Come From Away” will resume when it’s secure to take action, and that it’s in discussions with the producers for “Hamilton” for a return engagement “as soon as it is safe to do so and as soon as it can be arranged by them.”
At the CAA Theatre, “The Simon & Garfunkel Story” is anticipated to return within the fall.
And a touring manufacturing of “Les Misérables,” which was to play the Princess of Wales Theatre June 16 to Aug. 23, will even hopefully return at a future date, Mirvish mentioned.
Anyone with tickets to the affected performances will robotically be given a credit score for the complete worth of the tickets plus service fees. Mirvish says that is essentially the most safe and environment friendly method to cope with the cancellations, with greater than 250,000 tickets cancelled to 11 totally different reveals because the shutdown in March.
The firm additionally notes that credit are “a show of support for the people who work in the performing arts in general and at Mirvish Productions in particular: the artists onstage, the creative teams and artisans that create each show, the backstage staff, the front-of house staff, the box office and ticket agents, the administrative workers, and all those whose livelihoods depend on a busy and thriving cultural sector.”
“Keep safe and stay strong as we all make our way through this challenging time,” Mirvish mentioned.