Mirvish season begins in December for vaccinated audiences

The Harry Potter show, new Tom Stoppard play and return of Come From Away and Hamilton are part of 11-show lineup


After being closed for a year and a half because of the pandemic, all four Mirvish theatres will be reopening soon for live performances. And only fully vaccinated people will be allowed into the venues.

“It’s been a long time since our stages were filled with the work of artists and our auditoria were full of our beloved theatregoers,” said David Mirvish in a press release today.

Mirvish is presenting 10 shows in total. The seven-show mainstage season includes the previously announced one-show staging of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter And The Cursed Child (from June 2022), as well a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical Jesus Christ Superstar (December 2021) and the North American premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Olivier Award-winning play Leopoldstadt (January 2022).

Two other British shows are included, including the pre-Broadway musical & Juliet (July 2022) and the Canadian premiere of David Haig’s Pressure, set during D-Day and starring Downton Abbey’s Kevin Doyle (April 2022).

Two Canadian shows round out the mainstage season: a musical adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s novel Room (February 2022), and a remount of Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt’s perennial favourite 2 Pianos, 4 Hands (March 2022).

Room is also part of the three-show Off-Mirvish season, which includes an extension of current hit Blindness (currently on, and returning in September) and the much-anticipated staging of Jake Epstein’s Boy Falls From The Sky, which was a massive hit at Toronto Fringe 2019 (January 2022).

And finally, the hit musicals Come From Away (December 7, 2021) and Hamilton (February 2023) will be returning. Hamilton’s original run was cut short by the pandemic; since its previous venue, the Ed Mirvish Theatre, will be taken up by Harry Potter, it will be shown at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

Audiences who subscribe to both the mainstage season and Off-Mirvish season will get to choose a show from the entire lineups as a replacement – including one they’re already seeing or Come From Away or Hamilton.

In the press release, Mirvish acknowledges that the reopenings wouldn’t be possible “without the efforts of the medical and scientific communities, both locally and around the world. By creating powerful vaccines they are making it possible for the arts to return in a safe and respectful way.

“To make sure all of us remain safe while at the theatre, only fully vaccinated people – on stage, backstage and in the audience – will be allowed into our venues.”

Exceptions include children under 12 and those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or faith-based reasons; these people will need to provide a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of attending a show.

New subscriptions go on sale in late September. Right now, Mirvish is only accepting returning subscribers. Info here.

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