The Illinois Shakespeare Festival has been canceled due COVID-19 concerns.

The annual festival was scheduled to held from June 4 through Aug. 8. Now the season has be postponed until summer 2021.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival brings in actors and crew members from all over the country, according to an ISF Friends Newsletter sent out Wednesday.

Rehearsals were to start May 12, with the full company arriving May 19. However, due to concerns of the virus and people from various places coming together the productions have been put on hold.

According to producer John Stark, over 500 season tickets and over 100 single tickets have already been purchased for this year's festival.

Those who purchased tickets can donate the cost toward the festival, apply them to next year's tickets or get refunds. Those interested in learning more can call the box office at 309-438-2535.

A statement on ISF's website reads, "The heart of theatre is bringing people together to tell stories. We wish you the best of health during this time and look forward to gathering again."

Currently, federal social distancing guidelines will stay in effect until April 30.

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