Come From Away has completely closed in Toronto.
Mirvish Productions made the announcement in a press release launched Monday, citing monetary difficulties which have come on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The assertion mentioned there have been 855 performances of the musical in Toronto, which is its hometown.
Its last present was on Dec. 22 on the Royal Alexandra Theatre after it had simply reopened following a 21-month closure because of the pandemic.
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On Dec. 23, it was introduced that 4 upcoming performances of the Gander, N.L.-set musical had been cancelled after a optimistic COVID take a look at among the many backstage crew.
Mirvish Productions mentioned on the time that the exhibits would resume on Dec. 28, however now say the present won’t be returning to Toronto in any respect.
“Throughout this brief break, it grew to become bluntly obvious that it will be unattainable to proceed when this extremely contagious variant has despatched case numbers hovering,” David Mirvish mentioned.
“In different components of the world, the federal government has stepped as much as assist the industrial theatre sector by providing a monetary security web for the sector to reopen and play in the course of the pandemic, thus defending the tens of hundreds of excellent jobs the sector creates. That’s the case within the U.S., the U.Okay. and Australia, the place productions of Come From Away proceed to play…
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“However in Canada there is no such thing as a such authorities assist. And with out such a security web, it’s unattainable for the manufacturing to take one more prolonged hiatus. The prices of reopening a second time are prohibitively excessive and dangerous.”
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Mirvish mentioned he is aware of the information is stunning however mentioned “we’re merely out of choices.”
Multiple million patrons noticed the present on the Royal Alexandra Theatre from February 2018 till its closure.
“This isn’t the way in which any of us needed this to finish,” Mirvish mentioned.
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“Come From Away deserves to have had many extra years on the Royal Alex. However the dangers, uncertainty and monetary state of affairs have left us with out one other life like end result.”
Ticket holders of cancelled performances will likely be contacted and supplied both account credit, present playing cards, or a refund.
The cancellation is simply the most recent in a wave of closures in Toronto’s theatre district. Final week, Mirvish Productions introduced it was pulling from its schedule the North American premiere of the Tom Stoppard play “Leopoldstadt,” which had been set for early 2022 on the Princess of Wales Theatre.
It adopted Ontario’s transfer to restrict viewers capability at giant indoor venues — together with stay theatres and live performance halls — to assist sluggish the unfold of the extremely transmissible Omicron variant.
In asserting the scrapped plans for “Leopoldstadt,” Mirvish had mentioned the capability restrictions and a non-essential journey advisory from the federal authorities had difficult logistics.
— with recordsdata from The Canadian Press
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