Perth Theatre Company has cancelled the remainder of its 2015 season including major drawcard Of Mice and Men that was to star Jai Courtenay and Gary Sweet after being unable to secure adequate corporate funding to make the plays financially viable.
The board was forced to cancel the shows when it became apparrant that they would not reach the sponsorship targets set. PTC chairman Saliba Sassine indicated that Of Mice and Men alone required $500, 000 to produce meaning that the company would certainly risk going into deficit if the production were to go ahead as planned.
Dr Sassine noted that in the last few months companies large and small seemed less willing to donate to the arts in Western Australia. With the cancellation of Of Mice and Men and the smaller play Yourseven the company has a chance of breaking even and providing full financial security for its full time staff members.
A review of sponsorship for 2016 is currently underway and ticket holders for both cancelled shows will receive full refunds.