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RSC box office dips 3% in 2016/17

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda the Musical on Broadway. Photo: Joan Marcus

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s box office income last year was £34 million, down £1.1 million from 2015/16.

In 2016/17, 2.7 million tickets were sold globally by the company, compared with 2.8 million the previous year, the Stratford-based company’s annual review [1] has revealed.

Money generated through fundraising increased by £2.1 million in 2016/17 to £5.1 million, and money raised through royalties more than doubled to £8.5 million.

The RSC received £15.4 million from Arts Council England in both years as part of its National Portfolio Organisation funding.

Issued during the RSC’s annual general meeting, the report revealed that the company’s total income for the past year was £69.1 million, the same as 2015/16. Total expenditure was £65.1 million, with 63% of that figure spent on productions.

The review also revealed that the company produced 31 productions and co-productions, including 16 Shakespeare plays and six new plays, which played in Stratford-upon-Avon, London and on tour across the UK and around the world.