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Box Office Revenues At Dublin's Abbey Theatre Decreased Last Year

Published on Aug 23 2021 1:30 PM in General Industry tagged: Trending Posts / Abbey Theatre

Box Office Revenues At Dublin's Abbey Theatre Decreased Last Year

Box office revenues at Dublin's Abbey Theatre decreased by 82% to €445,248 last year.

As reported by The Irish Times, according to the theatre's 2020 annual review, it box office income in 2020 amounted to €445,248, which reportedly followed a figure of €2.5 million in 2019.

The number of people who physically attended performances at the theatre last year was reportedly 23,230, which reportedly followed a figure of 116,494 in 2019.

3,358 people reportedly saw the theatre's productions on tour last year. Over 36,000 people reportedly attending such productions in 2019

"A Year Like No Other"

The Irish Times quotes Graham McLaren and Neil Murray as saying in their final report as joint directors that 2020 "was a year like no other in the storied history of the Abbey Theatre. The pandemic forced the longest closure since the theatre's formation in 1904."

McLaren and Murray reportedly said that, following the theatre's closure on March 12, "our original programme for the year succumbed, but we remained true to our core function of connecting Irish artists and audiences", and, "We created an 'extraordinary programme for an extraordinary year', embracing this time period as a digital revolution for theatre. We experimented and innovated with online productions, gaining an audience of close to 700,000 viewers."

New Artistic Director And Executive Director

McLaren and Murray have reportedly finished a five-year term as joint directors and have reportedly been succeeded by Caitríona McLaughlin and Mark O'Brien, who reportedly began working as the theatre's artistic director and executive director, respectively, earlier this summer.

2021 And Financial Supports

A spokesperson for the theatre reportedly said that it is not possible to say what the theatre's projected box office revenues will be in 2021 "as it will depend critically on government rules related to COVID."

The spokesperson reportedly said that the theatre is continuing to avail of the government's employee wage subsidy scheme and that it has received €7.5 million in Arts Council funding this year.

The spokesperson reportedly also said, "We are appreciative of the continued support from the Arts Council, which includes an increase in relation to COVID supports."

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