G20 closes two musicals for a week
Listen up! If you have tickets to Mamma Mia! or Rock Of Ages during the G20 Festival Of Annoyance Summit, read this:
"Mirvish Productions will not perform its shows ROCK OF AGES (at the Royal Alexandra Theatre) and MAMMA MIA! (at the Princess of Wales Theatre) during the week of the G20 summit in Toronto.
The Royal Alexandra and Princess of Wales theatres are located on King Street West, at the edge of what is designated the “traffic zone” for the G20 summit. Over the last few months Mirvish Productions has met with organizers of the G20 security team and the Toronto Police to determine how the G20 preparations and activities would affect its performances during the week of the Summit.
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.
“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.
“All those holding tickets to the performances the week of June 21 to 27 will be contacted and offered an exchange to other performances.”