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Across the border, changes at Shaw and Stratford theater festivals

Two popular Canadian theater festivals are on hold for now.

The Shaw Festival has canceled all performances and public events until June 30 with plans to resume them July 1. One show, "Mahabharata," scheduled to open in August, has been canceled for 2020 with hopes to bring it back in the future.

The full value of previously purchased tickets is being held on account until the box office reopens and customers are contacted to reschedule or get refunds. Shaw hopes to re-open administration and box offices May 12. More details can be found online, or you can email questions to feedback@shawfest.com.

The Stratford Festival has announced it is putting the 2020 season on hold.

"We have come to the heartbreaking conclusion that our spectacular 2020 season cannot go on as planned, and so we have to put the entire season on hold while we wait for a signal from government that tells us it will be safe ā€“ for you, and for all of us ā€“ to gather in theaters again," Stratford told patrons on its website.

While Stratford stopped short of canceling the season, it told patrons: "In all likelihood, that means we will have to delay any programming until next year."

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