A rep season featuring six actors in plays by writers such as Laura Wade has been pulled, with producers blaming loss of investment at short notice.
Studio Rep was being produced by the New Actors Company and was due to be staged at the New Wimbledon Theatre, in the studio space, starting on August 27 and running until the end of the year.
Actors including David Burt, Dave Fishley and Imogen Smith were due to be in the company, which was due to perform the plays.
However, a statement from the New Actors Company said the season had been cancelled due to “a last-minute withdrawal of confirmed investment”.
Director Robert Laycock and producer Daniel Souter said: “Our talented company of six actors had worked tirelessly in the rehearsal room on the first play, which was in great shape and ready for our first preview. But, without all the committed investment in the bank, we felt we were unable to proceed. We are devastated.”
New Wimbledon theatre director Nick Parr said ticket sales had been strong, and “all the investment seemed secure”.
“We work in a precarious business and this sad cancellation shows that even with over a year of planning, things can go wrong in the final stages through no fault of the theatre or the producers,” he added.