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One of the biggest theatre companies in the UK have announced record breaking financial figures for 2014/15.
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) sold over 1.8 million tickets in the year, bringing in £34.3 million in Box Office tickets alone.
The total yearly income of £63.9 million was announced in their Annual Review.
RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran said: “Shakespeare reminds us so eloquently what it is to be human and gives us a 360 degree view of life.
“Our successes in 2014/15 in reaching new audiences show his continuing appeal and the power of live theatre to inspire and challenge us.
“As we prepare for 2016 and the biggest Shakespeare anniversary ever, we want to reach the widest possible audience, with thrilling, contemporary work – made in Shakespeare’s home town and shared across the world.”
The RSC put on 2048 performances for 28 productions, and saw the box office revenue rise 5%.
The education programme reached over 500,000 children and young people, and over 70,000 school tickets were sold as well.
Mr Doran continued: “We have had a great year, not only with Shakespeare, but new plays like our acclaimed productions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies and Tom Morton Smith’s dazzling Oppenheimer, and classics from Shakespeare’s contemporaries, with our ‘Roaring Girls’ strand celebrating great roles for women.
“As we look forward to 2016, I am grateful to all our sponsors, donors and friends, for all their support in bringing our work to audiences everywhere.”
Of the yearly income, £15.8 million was provided by Arts Council England.
The Royal Shakespeare Company has posted record breaking figures for 2014/15 in their Annual Review. For more information, click here.