Melbourne Theatre Company’s upcoming production of Jacky has been cancelled due to border closures preventing two cast members entering Victoria and the subsequent impact on the production’s ability to proceed.

Strict border closures between Victoria and New South Wales has left the cast members, who have been instrumental in the development of the work, no choice but to withdraw from the production.

These current COVID restrictions have rendered it impossible to make the necessary preparations to stage the production within its planned schedule, forcing MTC to cancel the season that was due to commence on 9 October through to 13 November.

To date this year, MTC has cancelled 80 performances as a result of COVID lockdowns and associated restrictions. With the cancellation of Jacky, it will bring the total to 120 cancelled performances in 2021.