Opening night of Stratford Festival cancelled, theatre evacuated after ‘bomb threat’

The opening night of the Stratford Festival was cancelled Monday after a bomb threat.

Spokesperson Ann Swerdfager told Global News that the event at the Festival Theatre in Stratford was evacuated after a “bomb threat” at approximately 6:45 p.m.

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No one was injured in the incident.

Stratford Police said they “received a call that explosives have been placed ‘at the Stratford Festival.’ Both the Festival Theatre and the Avon Theatre were evacuated as a precaution.

Officers were on scene searching for suspicious items or packages.

The threat was made at the opening night of The Tempest.

Pictures from the scene show well-dressed attendees outside being herded by police.

The festival, which is billed as North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company, has been putting on plays since 1953.

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