Public Health Response to COVID-19

The Health & Safety of our Audiences is Paramount


The City of Boston has established an Artist Relief Fund and is encouraging individual artists living in Boston who have been adversely impacted by coronavirus to apply.

Inviting you to join us again on Cape Ann will be dependent on the health of our community and nation.

UPDATE: As of May 12th

For the safety of our valued patrons, artists, and staff, we have decided to postpone our 2020 Season and shift all productions to 2021. When we began planning our response to COVID-19 in the beginning of March, we knew this was a potential outcome; but we were also confident in our ability to remain flexible if there was to be the possibility of presenting on stage. This is not an easy decision to make, but safety is paramount.


If you had a subscription or individual tickets, you should have heard from our box office manager, Billy Burgoyne. To make an exchange, donation, or refund, you can reach him at boxoffice@gloucesterstage.com – Onsite office hours are limited, so voicemail response time has increased.


In keeping with our mission to produce world-class theater on Cape Ann and finding ways to continue to support artists, we are developing several new digital opportunities this summer:

  • Taking full advantage of our NeverDark Series (more aptly named than ever) to film staged readings of new plays for future consideration;
  • Highlighting local storytellers through virtual events like Fish Tales later this month; and
  • Bringing archived content from our stage, back to life on your home TV.


Gloucester Stage will miss out on over $620,000 in revenue this year, but thanks to a successful 40th Season and donors like you, we are in a safe place to weather this storm. The board and staff are committed to making sure there will be a successful 2021 Season, and for that, as well as staging virtual programming and completing our bathroom renovations, we need your continued support.


Please consider a contribution of any size to Gloucester Stage’s COVID19 Response Fund and thank you for helping anyway you can during this unprecedented time.

UPDATE: As of April 10th

When we announced our 2020 Season last month, we put plans in place if we needed to cancel our first show(s). As we continue to monitor the health of our community, we have decided to move the production of Tiny Beautiful Things to June 2021. Subscribers who have purchased a 5-ticket package have been contacted about options, and there is more information on this page below.

Though this is sad news, we are delighted to announce that Tiny Beautiful Things will be produced by the same all-star creative team, led by director Rebecca Bradshaw. Click here to learn more about the production.

While we won’t be gathering to celebrate the opening of our first production as planned, we are committed to paying our staff and keeping artists employed. So far Gloucester Stage will miss out on over $115,000 in revenue this year. We’ve put cost cutting measures in place and are taking advantage of the CARES Act, but this year won’t be the same without your support.

Please consider a contribution of any size to Gloucester Stage’s COVID19 Response Fund and thank you for helping anyway you can during this unprecedented time. 

UPDATE: As of March 24th

As of today, Governor Baker has ordered that all “non-essential” businesses cease in-person operations until April 7. Businesses are encouraged to continue operations “remotely”.

In accordance with the Governor’s emergency order Gloucester Stage’s onsite-office will be closed for the next two weeks, but our Box Office and Staff are continuing to work remotely from home. Our whole team is available by email, and phone calls will be answered by voicemail messages and responded to shortly.

Reserved Ticket Subscribers will be receiving a call from our Box Office Manager Billy Burgoyne this week to schedule their season of dates and preferred seats.


Typically free exchanges and refunds are reserved only for subscribers of Gloucester Stage, but this year has proved that the health of our audience is more important than an empty seat or lost revenue. If a patron is feeling ill or has had direct contact with someone who is ill, exchanges will be offered for free and refunds will be provided if necessary.

We will want every patron, post-social-distancing, to feel confident that those around them did not feel bound to attend and put the health of others at risk.


From a purely secular perspective, Gloucester Stage, along with our sister theaters in the Greater Boston Region, are committed to flattening the curve and encouraging social-distancing. Looking ahead to how long it may take until gatherings are both permitted and a healthy way to participate in the arts, we are not certain when we will be able to present on stage again.

In the event of a production being cancelled, ticket holders will be notified at least 1 month prior to the opening date. This promise is also for the artists helping to produce the world-class theater on our stage. We are committed to making a call early to provide clear planning for our stakeholders on stage and in the seats. We would also hope to be able to present that valued story for our audiences the following season in whole.

Ticket holders will be offered the ability to exchange their tickets to a production later in the season, exchange their tickets to the same production in the following season 2021, exchange for a gift card or a donation to the Annual Fund, and if necessary, a refund.


ALL 2020 Mainstage Productions
Moved to 2021 Season – dates updated online

Fish Tales: REDO | May 15
Available to Stream Online May 22

Harborlight Montessori Presents DRAGON’S LAIR
Cancelled & Refunded

Beauty on the Wing Film Preview
Cancelled & Refunded

BOSOMA Spring Dance Showcase | Now: May 22 – 24

Mugford Street Players Presents A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
Moved to Spring 2021

Henri Smith New Orleans Review Concert | June 27

Cape Ann Farmers Market Fundraiser

Information about exchanges, donations and refunds can be found in the center section of this page.