The seventh du Maurier World Stage Festival made approximately $620,000, with more than 30,000 people attending the 15 international mainstage shows. Overall attendance was around 80 percent of capacity.
According to Don Shipley, festival programmer, the figures exceeded expectations.
Over the past 12 years World Stage, has presented 97 mainstage productions by 86 companies from 31 nations, and in 1998, every production was a premiere, ranging from Toronto and North American, to world premieres.
This year's budget for an event stretching over 18 days (April 16 to May 3) at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre, -- including 17 premieres, workshops, masterclasses, award presentations, tributes and onstage interviews -- was C$1.6 million.
But in October, a new law banning Canadian cigarette companies from advertising their products prominently at most sports and arts events, comes into effect, and that means Harbourfront is minus the million dollar commitment du Maurier now makes to World Stage. With several high profile sports events also out looking, despite the festival's growing reputation a new sponsor may be difficult to find. By Mira Friedlander