Major Toronto Theatres Are Already Cancelling Shows Until 2021
On the day Ontario unveiled its reopening plan.
While Ontario is starting to talk about reopening, its theatres are going the other way. Mirvish Productions has decided to postpone its Toronto theatre subscriptions until January 2021. That means the season at major venues like the Ed Mirvish Theatre, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and the Princess of Wales Theatre won't get underway until next year.
According to a statement, Mirvish Productions will begin new subscriptions in January 2021 for its Toronto theatres.
“Theatre is a collaborative art form and one that cannot exist without an audience. For the health and safety of all the artists, crew and staff working in our theatres, and for that of our audience, I think it is best to begin our new season — which traditionally has always started in September — in January of the new year," said David Mirvish via the statement.
“I have every confidence in our leaders and in the hardworking, selfless people who are at the vanguard of finding medical and scientific solutions. I truly believe they will succeed in getting our world back to health. I hope that this happens sooner than later," he added.
Amid all the uncertainty in the city at the moment, Mirvish did express that if public health officials say that theatres are safe to reopen before January, they will resume their Come From Away performance at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.
The production is taking extra precautions to ensure its staff and audiences are safe.
Per The Canadian Press via City News, Mirvish’s planned January slate includes the Canadian premiere of the Phantom of the Opera sequel Love Never Dies and the North American premiere of the musical comedy & Juliet.
Although the city of Toronto is looking into the, Mayor John Tory shared that it could take several months.
But it's not just Toronto's productions being affected.
Elsewhere in Ontario, the prestigious Stratford Festival has put its entire 2020 season on hold due to the virus, according to the Toronto Star.
Suspending the season could have a harsh impact on the town's economy, says the Star, since tourism brings a huge amount of money during the summer months.
These updates come after Doug Ford and Ontario staff unveiled their framework for getting the province reopened again.
Cities like Kingston have already startedas the city has not received a hard impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For now, though, it seems those Ontarians who fancy a night out at the theatre will have to wait until next year to see some of their favourite shows.