Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of Cyrano will not return to the stage in 2021 as a result of Victoria’s sixth lockdown extending.

Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of Cyrano will not return to the stage in 2021 as a result of Victoria’s sixth lockdown extending.

Three hours before its opening night performance, a sixth lockdown was announced for the state of Victoria.

Cyrano had three preview performances, performing to 100 audience members – 18% of the venue capacity – as mandated by government restrictions, before Victoria’s lockdown forced the show offstage and subsequently the cancellation of the season.

Requests to government for broadcast exemptions to film the production for MTC Digital Theatre were unsuccessful. Consequently the production will not be available digitally.

The cancellation of Cyrano follows the cancellation of Jacky, an MTC production that was due to premiere in October but could not proceed due to COVID border closures preventing members of the cast entering Victoria.

Cyrano was due to play 2 August to 8 September at Southbank Theatre.

MTC’s 2021 season has been continually impacted by recurring lockdowns and border closures. They have led to the cancellation of 140 MTC performances this year, equating to hundreds of thousands of cancelled tickets and millions of dollars in lost revenue. 

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