As restrictions on large gatherings across the country begin to take effect in the wake of the spread of COVID-19, Boston-area regional theatres are canceling performances. The city's theatre scene is not alone, with arts companies in New York City—including all Broadway productions—Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and more making similar efforts as the situation evolves.
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- Huntington Theatre Company will cancel all public performances and events at both the Huntington Avenue Theatre and the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts until further notice. Affected productions include the company's upcoming world premiere of Our Daughters, Like Pillars, scheduled for March 20–April 19.
- SpeakEasy Stage Company's production of The Children, which began February 28 and was slated to run through March 28 in the Roberts Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion, has therefore canceled its remaining performances as well.
- The American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has postponed its productions of Macbeth In Stride (slated to begin April 23) and 1776 (scheduled to start May 17), moving both to its 2020–2021 season. The latter is still expected to embark on a multi-city tour before opening on Broadway in spring 2021. The A.R.T. has also canceled and postponed several events it was to host at Oberon over the next few weeks, including Dreamgirls, Penny Arcade, and Beloved King. For the full list, click here.
- Boston Symphony Orchestra has canceled all performances at Symphony Hall, as well as its performances at the Linde Center at Tanglewood, through March 28.
- Broadway in Boston has postponed the upcoming touring engagements of Jersey Boys (scheduled for March 18–22) and The Band's Visit (March 24–April 5) following Governor Charlie Baker's ban on gatherings of more than 250 people.
(UPDATED MARCH 24, 9:30 AM ET)