Come From Away adds standing-room-only tickets

The 16 tickets per show will only be available in person at the Royal Alexandra Theatre on the day of the performance.

The cast of the Mirvish production of Come From Away at Winnipeg's Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. (Matthew Murphy/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre)

Consider it an extended standing ovation.

Beginning Tuesday, March 13, the homegrown hit musical Come From Away will offer standing-room-only tickets for those seeking last-minute entry to the high-demand show.

Sixteen tickets per performance will grant theatregoers a space to stand at the back of the ground-floor orchestra level. The tickets are priced at $25 apiece and will only be available in person at the Royal Alexandra Theatre box office on the day of performance, with a limit of two tickets per customer.

The newly minted production of the musical, with a Canadian cast, has experienced soaring demand. Though tickets are now on sale through October, many performances through March and April are already sold out. The addition of standing-room-only tickets for a long-run show in Toronto is nearly unprecedented.

“In Toronto, standing-room has never been used because we just don’t have the density of people who are only here for one or two days. Because by far the majority of our audience is local, if people can’t see a show in the short term they can book into the future,” said John Karastamatis, director of communications at Mirvish Productions, in an email.

Come From Away, he adds, is unique in “its creation of a demand from many people to see it as soon as possible.”

The only other time Mirvish added standing-room tickets was in December 2016: the last time Come From Away was in town, for a short pre-Broadway run.