The collapsed operator of Peterborough’s Broadway Theatre has been hit with fresh claims that it owes tens of thousands of pounds to producers and former contractors.
The theatre’s management, Performance Art Ventures, announced last week that it had gone bust amid allegations by producers that they had not received more than £10,000 in box office income they claim they are owed.
Earlier this week it was also revealed that the theatre owes £68,000 to the local council in business rates.
Now, two contractors and two shows that toured to the Broadway have come forward to say they are also owed money – in excess of £25,000 in total.
All future events advertised on the theatre’s website have now been cancelled. It is understood that while online bookers have been refunded, customers who booked directly through the theatre’s box office are unlikely to see any money returned.
The Stage spoke to one former contractor, who requested to remain anonymous and is claiming to be owed more than £10,000 in unpaid wages.
He said: “We all so wanted this new era for the Broadway Theatre to work, and that meant we committed to the cause when common sense was telling us we were on a hiding to nothing.
“That belief meant I worked for nothing, with promises of eventual payment, hoping everything would turn around.”
He added that the stress of the situation and the financial pressures he came under had begun to impact his health.
Another former contractor, who wished to remain anonymous, claims to be owed £14,664 for work completed to get the venue open as well as £419 for work completed after the venue’s opening.
He called on anyone else owed money to join the list of creditors to ensure that the company was not dissolved without the due insolvency process being followed.
“It is vital to ensure the insolvency is handled properly and the only people who are going to make sure that happens are those of us who are owed money,” he said.
The Stage also spoke to the producer of Skin Deep the Musical, which claims to be owed £1,123 in box office takings for a one-off performance, and the director of Circus Hassani, which claims to be owed £1,671 for two shows in May and June.
Skin Deep producer Richard Lambert, from LAMBCO Productions, described the venue as “technically incompetent”. He said the Skin Deep team was left “pretty much unsupervised” in the theatre after the technician due to tech its show pulled out at 1am the night before, leaving the show’s team to rig the set and lighting themselves and move heavy pieces of equipment.
Director of Circus Hassani, Noel Wainman, claimed he had received little communication about the outstanding money from the theatre’s chief executive and director of PAV Mark Ringer, and was only notified of the company’s collapse on Facebook.
Ringer did not respond to a request for comment.