Important Season Announcement
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 at 11:00 am
Globe Theatre Cancels Remainder of its 2020|2021 Season
October 22, 2020
Globe Theatre has been presenting professional theatre in Saskatchewan for over 55 years. Each season, we welcome over 70,000 audience members, artists and students through our doors, but now we are faced with the reality that the live theatre environment cannot exist like it did prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After careful thought and consideration, Globe Theatre is saddened to announce the cancellation of the remainder of our 2020|2021 season. With the challenges we face due to the pandemic, we cannot confidently deliver the revised lineup of shows while adhering to public health restrictions that would allow artists and audiences to gather safely.
In June, Globe Theatre announced the cancellation of the first half of our 2020|2021 Main Stage season with plans for a 3-play offering set to begin January 2021. Our team has been diligently exploring every option on how we can safely present those remaining three shows of the season. However, we are facing multiple obstacles including social distancing, limited allowable audience capacity, challenges with tight backstage and rehearsal spaces for artists, securing alternative cost effective venues with the loss of our space at the Prince Edward Building to accommodate the renovation, and other unknown complications of COVID-19 that could arise.
We have been closely monitoring the efforts of our colleagues across the country to present live performances that comply with accepted safety protocols, only to see them have to cancel due to the ever-changing precautions. Like many other theatres across the country, we are taking a pause on announcing programming too far into the future and will announce one event at a time as we cautiously move forward.
Statement from Artistic Director Jennifer Brewin: “One of the principle reasons I work in theatre is the community that is created around the creation and production of a play – a work of breathtaking collaboration. The ‘behind the scenes’ process to a flawless performance is the result of a thousand acts of negotiation and inspiration. Theatre workers excel at this kind of collaboration and so it is extremely challenging to be disconnected from our craft, our colleagues and our audience. All of us at Globe will work hard in the coming months to honour their dedication by programming unique performances in alternative locations.”
Statement from Executive Director Jaime Boldt: "As we pack up the Prince Edward Building for our major renovation, I reflect on the high hopes that we had of taking you "around town" starting in January 2021, with shows planned in various venues throughout the city. However, it would appear the virus cannot be ignored, and we need to take pause. We are doing our homework carefully out of respect and to protect our audiences and our artists. This means that we will be announcing pandemic friendly microprogramming one project at a time. What we do know is that our renovation project is moving along, and we will be fully moved out of 1801 Scarth Street by mid-November. Future programming will take place around town and we are excited to invite you on that adventure with us when we are able!"