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As we recently announced, in compliance with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s Stay at Home and Mass Gatherings orders related to the COVID-19 outbreak, Great Lakes Theater has cancelled all performances (public and student matinees) of our 2019-20 season productions of Much Ado About Nothing (March 24 – April 11, 2020) and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (May 1 – 24, 2020) at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square. We have also cancelled all in-person elements of our annual Backstage Bash fundraiser event (April 18, 2020). While we are saddened not to be able to share our work with you in the theater, we consider health and safety our highest priority.

The cancellation of productions/events, as well as the suspension of our educational programming in our region’s schools, is resulting in a significant financial impact on our company. In order to sustain the theater through this global crisis, we are working diligently to a) manage basic operational costs with a skeletal staff, b) mitigate the considerable expenses that we have already incurred for our cancelled productions, and c) make responsible financial decisions that will ensure our ability to resume programming when it is deemed safe to do so.

We are committed to your satisfaction as a valued ticketholder for these productions/events. We thank you in advance for your patience as we navigate the complexities of this situation and strive to provide customer service of the highest quality – working in collaboration with our partners at Playhouse Square.

We are especially grateful to our generous patrons for donating their tickets back to Great Lakes Theater (or exchanging tickets) during this challenging time. We sincerely appreciate your vital support.

The following options are available to patrons who have previously purchased tickets to cancelled events:

We often look to Shakespeare for wisdom in difficult times and marvel at the timelessness of his plays. Never did we dream that in the 21st century we would face similar circumstances that closed theatres in the early 1600s. In looking back, we see our situation reflected: the periodic closure of theatres for health reason during Shakespeare’s lifetime was often catastrophic for theaters and theater artists; there was no money coming in to allow theatre companies to operate; and it was uncertain when it would be safe for theatres to open again. So we take some comfort in the fact that this has happened before, knowing theatres did re-open when it was safe to do so and audiences did return to the theatre.

As theatres around the world are forced to close we count on you, our loyal supporters, to stand by us as we deal with the eventualities that present themselves. Trust that we will do everything in our power to keep our artists, staff, and theatres safe and to give you an unforgettable season when the time is right to lift the curtain once more.


We are grateful for your understanding, loyalty, and continued support. We will get through this together.

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