Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Live! has become the latest in a string of commercial theatre productions to announce that it has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales.
The show’s producer the Radio Theatre Company confirmed today that the remaining dates in its October and November tour have been pulled.
This follows similar announcements by the producer of the touring production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which cancelled its six-week run just days after opening. Meanwhile, Hackney Empire musical Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory was also pulled after running into “cash flow” problems last month.
A statement issued by the producer of Hitchhiker’s Guide, said: “The Radio Theatre Company deeply regret to announce the immediate cancellation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show 2013 Tour. Tonight’s performance at The Hawth, Crawley and tomorrow’s at the Watford Colosseum will not take place, nor will any of the remaining scheduled shows in October and November. Ticket holders are being contacted and should contact venues for refunds.
“Although a well-loved show, Hitchhiker’s Live has been subject to the same extreme economic pressures as many productions touring the UK this autumn. Ticket sales across the board have been lower than average and we have not escaped this trend. A difficult financial environment for such a large and technical show means that covering operating costs has become impossible. As a result in the last 24 hours we have had no option but make the extremely hard and painful decision to stop the tour.
“We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and share the extreme disappointment and frustration felt by many who were looking forward to seeing the show. we sincerely hope that it can be brought back in the future.”