Published on September 10th, 2019 | by admin
THE PRODUCTION COMPANY WILL CLOSE ITS AMAZING DOORS IN 2020
JEANNE PRATT AC, FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE PRODUCTION COMPANY TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT AFTER 21 YEARS AND 65 MUSICALS, HER COMPANY WILL PRESENT ITS FINAL MUSICAL IN MAY 2020
Jeanne Pratt said “I started the company in 1999 to stimulate the industry, create opportunities for local talent and
produce quality entertainment at affordable prices. It has succeeded beyond my wildest dreams and as we plan our
final curtain call, we’re doing so with pride, pleasure and wonderfully happy memories.
We’ve so much to be grateful for – our loyal audiences, generous sponsors and patrons.” The Pratt Foundation has
donated more than $12 million to musicals in Melbourne and although the May 2020 show will be The Production
Company’s final season, Mrs Pratt said she wanted to find further ways to support the industry and encourage Australian
composers and writers. “The Pratt Prize for Musical Theatre, which we awarded during the company’s first decade,
introduced some promising new Australian works and talents. I look forward to unearthing more,” Mrs Pratt said.
The Production Company’s announcement coincides with master-planning for a complete refurbishment of Arts Centre
Melbourne’s Theatres Building venues, including the beloved State Theatre – home of The Production Company for
21 years. This upgrade which is the most significant redevelopment of Arts Centre Melbourne since its opening and is
a central component of the Victoria Government’s vision to transform the Melbourne Arts Precinct, impacts on the
State Theatre’s future availability.
Claire Spencer, CEO of Arts Centre Melbourne said today “What a marvellous legacy Jeanne, Rachel and Ken leave
for audiences and many, many performers after 21 years of glorious entertainment on our stages. Along with thousands
of others, I’ve laughed, cried, danced and stood with an adoring State Theatre crowd applauding the remarkable parade
of performers and creatives. I’m so delighted to be partnering with The Production Company team to present their
final show next May”.