Triumphant year for North East theatre

Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Triumphant year for Theatre Royal

Newcastle Theatre Royal and Newcastle City Hall attracted almost half a million customers last year, according to figures released in Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust’s latest Annual Report.

The Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust injected £5.2m into the region’s economy over the financial year and supported 121 equivalent full time jobs.

In the first year since the team behind Newcastle Theatre Royal took over the management of Newcastle City Hall, the charity welcomed 493,000 customers through its doors despite receiving no revenue funding and surpassing expectations in a tough economic climate.

Between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017 the Grade 1 listed Theatre presented 399 performances to 378,000 people. The attendance for the year was at 81.6% capacity, representing an increase of 1.6% on the same period last year and 20% above the national average. 

In addition to a turnover of £16m (up £3.6 million on the previous year), the trust also saw an increase in sales with £13.8m worth of tickets sold compared to £9.7m in 15/16. 

Chief executive Philip Bernays said: “The year 2016/17 - being the first year since we took on the management of the City Hall - presented the team with a number of significant challenges and we are delighted to be able to report a hugely successful year which has exceed expectations and is a clear indication of our collective strength.

“There are exciting times ahead – indeed we have committed significant funds towards substantial improvements at City Hall where early stage work is already well underway – and the team is looking to continue to build on the excellent work of the last twelve months to bring together the strengths of each into an even better whole.”

He continued: “We strive to excel in all areas and give our audiences the very best experience possible in what is an extremely competitive market and this is reflected in these outstanding figures, which are testament to the quality of the programme, of the buildings and, most importantly, to the efforts of each and every member of our dedicated team.”