The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which had planned to re-open its campus on May 22, will remain closed through August 9 due to the ongoing impact of COVID–19, according to its online statement.
The cancellation affects more than 1,000 performances, including the touring company of Hamilton.
The theater working with the producers of Hamilton decided to postpone its return originally scheduled from June 16 through September 20. “The production cannot currently be presented in accordance with the health and safety guidelines set forth by government officials and the CDC. As such, the producers of Hamilton are working with the Kennedy Center to reschedule the engagement,” the Kennedy Center reported.
As for when Hamilton might return: Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter told NBC News “We really don’t know yet. I have to say we have spent much of the last month really looking at all of 2021 but I don’t see where 14 weeks can fit into 2021 at this point. We’d love to be able to bring them back as soon as possible, even if it’s in a smaller chunk of time,” Rutter said.
All tickets to cancelled performances may be exchanged for a Kennedy Center gift certificate, or tax deductible donation, or refunded for the ticket price plus fees. To make arrangements, contact the Kennedy Center’s Advance Sales Box Office at 202-416-8540 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or submit a form online.
‘The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of the nation, is close to the center of the nation’s purpose,” Rutter says. “That purpose continues today with our staff working to create Kennedy Center at Home programming and other digital resources while actively exploring new ways in which the nation’s cultural center can continue to be a beacon as we look forward to reopening the Center in due time.”