MONTREAL — Cirque du Soleil filed for creditor protection in Canada on Monday while it develops a plan to restart its business amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The creator of many of the most popular shows in Las Vegas on Monday blamed the “immense disruption and forced show closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Montreal-based circus arts show company temporarily suspended its productions around the world in March because of the new coronavirus outbreak.
Cirque du Soleil also announced the termination of about 3,480 employees previously furloughed in March.
The company said that its resident shows in Las Vegas and Orlando are expected to resume before the rest of the other shows and that the artists and show staff of the resident shows division were not affected.
Cirque du Soleil shows in Austin, Texas, Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Montreal, Boston, Tel Aviv, Denver and other cities were canceled.