Melbourne Theatre Company has announced the cancellation of its remaining 2020 Season.

Eleven of the 12 productions in MTC’s 2020 Season have now been cancelled or forced to close this year as a result of the ongoing COVID crisis and increased restrictions in Victoria.

The final two shows in the season – Girls & Boys and Sunshine Super Girl – were due to open in October and November, respectively.

In September, and after much rescheduling, MTC was due to rehearse and live stream to schools its Education Production, SLAP. BANG. KISS. This has also been cancelled.

MTC Artistic Director & CEO Brett Sheehy AO said, ‘This announcement is the dreaded conclusion to an incomprehensible year for MTC. While perhaps not a surprising outcome given the severity of the situation in Melbourne, these decisions don’t get any easier and it is no less upsetting news to share.

‘It is hard to describe the enormity of now having cancelled or shut down all but the first show in our 2020 season, and the effect it has had on our staff and artists, and of course our audiences and supporters. The very reason we exist is to bring people together through live theatre, so to have our stages bare for almost the entire year is crushing for all.’

MTC is the state theatre company of Victoria and – in a normal year – would employ over 500 artists and industry professionals, stage over 520 performances, tour regional Victoria and have over 230,000 attendances including up to 10,000 students. The Company is currently operating on skeleton staff with its permanent and part-time workforce.