Breaking news: Critical Stages goes into liquidation

The Board of Critical Stages Touring has placed the company into liquidation, with the company ceasing to trade and staff no longer employed.
End of the road for Critical Stages Touring. Image shows an end of road sign.

National touring body Critical Stages Touring announced late Friday that its Board had made ‘the difficult decision to place the company into liquidation’.

The news was announced on social media at 3pm AEST.

Critical Stages staff, including CEO Robbi James, Programming Producer Scarlet McGlynn, and Senior Producer Melanie Carolan, are no longer employed by the company.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts