Canadians warned of fake 'Hamilton' tickets scam with 700% mark-up

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - JANUARY 27: Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of "Hamilton" say goodbye to the audience at the end of the performance during the closing night of "Hamilton" at Centro de Bellas Artes on January 27, 2019 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Gladys Vega/Getty Images)

Canadians hoping to catch the fan-favourite theatre production of Hamilton in Toronto are being warned to proceed with caution, with ticket reseller trying to push tickets with a 700 per cent mark-up.

“Within minutes of announcing details of when tickets will go on sale for the Toronto engagement of HAMILTON, online re-selling sites were busy promoting that they had tickets to the show and offering them for sale at highly inflated prices,” Mirvish Productions said in a statement.

The Canadian company is warning people about toronto-theatre.com, which is based in the U.K. and operates in cities across North America. This re-selling site claims to have a “100% guarantee” on their ticket, but discloses that they may be priced above or below face value.

The public sale of tickets to Hamilton at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish theatre next year, running from Feb. 11 to May 17, begins on Oct. 28 at 9:00 a.m. ET. Currently, only Mirvish subscribers, who get seasonal tickets, have been given seats to the show and access to buy four additional tickets.

“For HAMILTON at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto they offer tickets in the last row of the orchestra for $1,145 USD each, plus service fees of upwards of $120 USD per ticket,” Mirvish productions said. “Yet the face value of tickets will only be $50 to $250 CAD.”

“While it's tempting to get tickets by any means, there are many sites and re-sellers who are selling overpriced, and in some cases, fraudulent tickets,” the company statement reads.

Mirvish Productions recommends that people interested in tickets to Hamilton, and other Mirvish shows in Toronto, purchase seats online through mirvish.com only, or in-person at the theatre’s box office.

The company says that most tickets will not exceed $250, plus handling fees of $9.75, at the on-sale date but there will be a select number of premium tickets at $499.

“If you see tickets for many hundreds or thousands of dollars, you are probably buying from a third-party ticket broker/re-seller,” Mirvish Productions warns. “If you see tickets in USD, they are not legitimate because all tickets for the Toronto production of HAMILTON are in CAD.”