Melbourne Theatre Company today announced the cancellation of its next six productions in a bid to ensure business continuity during this global health crisis.
Berlin, Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes, The Heartbreak Choir, Fun Home and True West will not go ahead in 2020 as scheduled. This follows the earlier cancellations of Torch the Place and Emerald City.
MTC’s Education Production SLAP. BANG. KISS. has also had its season and regional tour cancelled but will go ahead as a filmed performance for distribution to schools in order to meet students’ VCE study requirements.
MTC Artistic Director& CEO Brett Sheehy AO and MTC Executive Director & Co-CEO Virginia Lovett said, ‘This is a heartbreaking but essential decision to ensure MTC survives this unprecedented time in our history and to prioritise the health and welfare of our staff, artists, subscribers and donors.’
The 2020 season will resume in September with As You Like It, pending further developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and Government directives.
Berlin, Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes, The Heartbreak Choir, Fun Home and True West will all be rescheduled to appear in MTC’s 2021 Season.
Ticket holders to all cancelled productions have the options of returning their ticket as a tax-deductible donation to MTC, exchanging into one of the remaining 2020 productions, receiving credit towards the 2021 season, or can obtain a refund. Details about each of these options can be found on MTC’s website.
Dates for the productions rescheduled to 2021 will be announced later in the year.