Mirvish cancels Rock of Ages and Mamma Mia! shows during G20
Rock of Ages at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Photo: Rene Johnston
Mirvish Productions is cancelling its performances of the popular musicals Rock of Ages and Mamma Mia! during the week of the G20 summit.
The Royal Alexandra (Rock of Ages) and Princess of Wales (Mama
Mia) theatres on
There will be no performances June 21 to 27.
“Mirvish had every intention of carrying on performances during the week in question, assured by the various levels of authority that the G20 would not impact the theatres. More recently, as more information has been released about the G20 preparations and as some of this information appears to be inconclusive or contradictory, especially with regard to traffic on King Street West, Mirvish has decided it would be best and safest to suspend performances,” Mirvish said in an press release.
The decision means Mamma Mia’s final shows the city will be
cancelled. The touring production was supposed to end its
Ticket holders of the cancelled shows will be contacted and offered an exchange for other performances, the company said.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to make,” said producer David Mirvish. “The theatrical adage we have always lived by is ‘the show must go on.’ But in this instance – an unprecedented instance for us as we’ve always performed our shows – we have concluded that our audiences are best served by the shows not going on.”
First we lose Doc Halladay's return to the Dome. Then we lose bus shelters and bike rings across the downtown core. Now you're shutting down our theatres (the Factory Theatre announced it will be truncating its run of Featuring Loretta a few days ago)?
Tell me again, why didn't we hold the summit at the CNE grounds?
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