Globe Breaks Records with 93% Capacity for 2004Date: 8 October 2004
The National Theatre’s 91% capacity record for the 2003/2004 financial year has been beaten by one of its South Bank neighbours, Shakespeare’s Globe (See News, 7 Sep 2004).
According to figures released by the theatre yesterday, ticket sales for the Globe’s recently finished 2004 “Season of Star-Crossed Lovers” reached a remarkable 93% of capacity - the highest audience figures in the theatre’s nine-year history (See News, 11 Nov 2003).
Despite a lukewarm critical reception, Romeo and Juliet proved the season’s most popular hit with audiences with 131,000 tickets sold, followed by the all-female production of Much Ado About Nothing at 112,000 and Measure for Measure at 81,000. In total, nearly 325,000 people saw a play at the Globe during the five-month season from 7 May to 26 September 2004.
The open air theatre’s 2005 summer season – the last under Mark Rylance, who revealed last month that he will be stepping down in December 2005, after ten years as artistic director (See News, 11 Nov 2003) - will be announced in November.
- by Terri Paddock
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