Fringe Fest 2018: Tarragon Theatre evacuated after bomb threat

The scare prompted organizers to cancel the Saturday afternoon performance of The Cardboard Countess


The Fringe Festival’s schedule was briefly interrupted on Saturday afternoon after a bomb threat was reported at the Tarragon Theatre.

Police evacuated around 100 people as a precaution after receiving a report that a suspicious package was found. The theatre, which is located at Howland and Bridgman, houses three stages that are hosting shows for the 30th annual indie theatre, comedy and dance festival.

A spokesperson for Toronto Police Services told NOW that officers arrived on the scene, did a thorough search of the site and no package was found.

The scare prompted Fringe organizers to stop The Bird Killer midway through its 12 pm performance in the venue’s Mainspace, and cancel the 1:45 pm performance of The Cardboard Countess. The 12:15 pm performance of Crave in the Tarragon’s Extraspace was cancelled, and the 2 pm performance of Generally Hospital was rescheduled to 2:15 pm.

“We are saddened to announce that there has been a bomb threat made against the Tarragon Theatre this morning,” the festival said in a statement. “To ensure the safety of our patrons, artists, and staff, the building has been evacuated and some shows have been canceled. All ticket buyers affected will be contacted.”

This is the second major theatre festival to receive a bomb threat in recent weeks. On May 28, Stratford police evacuated The Avon Theatre and Festival Theatre on the opening night of Shakespeare’s The Tempest at the Stratford Festival after police received reports of a threat. 

With files from Debbie Fein-Goldbach

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