U.K.'s Royal Shakespeare Company Announces Record Results for 2012-13 Season
By Mark Shenton
The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced record results for its 2012-13 season that comprised 1,459 performances of 25 productions, and was seen by some 1.5 million people worldwide.
The RSC’s annual turnover grew to more than £62 million. Box-office receipts increased by 75 percent to £31.6 million, revenue fundraising grew by 28 percent to £4.1 million, and trading income went up by 9 percent to £4.8 million. At the same time, public investment from Arts Council England fell by a further £0.8 million to £16.6 million. The Company now generates 73 percent of its own income.
The company also worked with and trained 420 actors and welcomed 500,000 day visitors to its Stratford-upon-Avon home, with a wealth of events and exhibitions; 403,000 young people and teachers participated in the RSC’s Learning and Performance Network.
In a press statement, RSC artistic director Gregory Doran commented, "It’s our job to bring the best possible experience of Shakespeare and live theatre to the widest possible audience and inspire a lifelong love of his work. The Annual Review highlights just some of the work we have shared with more than 1.5m people worldwide.
"As we celebrate a strong year, it’s a good moment to look forward into the future. Shakespeare has given me a passport through life and it is my ambition that a new generation has the same opportunity, to experience the richness of his plays. Starting with Richard II, we’ve set a course over the next six years to stage all 36 plays in the First Folio, making every play an event.
"I also want to take Shakespeare off his pedestal and put him back in the context of his contemporaries. We are returning the Swan Theatre to the work of those Jacobethan writers, and we hope to reopen our studio theatre, The Other Place, as a creative hub for new work and experimentation, led by my Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman.
"The breadth of work we’ve undertaken in this past year shows we continue to be radical, to try new things and to ask the hardest questions of ourselves and our work. The response we’ve had to productions as diverse as King John and Matilda shows how willingly audiences respond to that ambition and l look forward to more experimentation."
For a copy of the annual report, visit www.rsc.org.uk/annual-report.
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