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Shakespeare's Globe reports record income in 2013 – infographic

The Southbank venue also opened its new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse without any public subsidy

Shakespeare's Globe
Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare's Globe has released its annual review, revealing that turnover at the venue increased to £21million, while audience capacity for its Shakespeare productions hit 96%.

But the "outstanding achievement" of the year, says the report, was the opening of the 340-seat indoor Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, which was constructed with no public funding.

Over £7.3m of the £7.5m target has been reached for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, which was officially opened by Prince Philip in November. Its first production, The Duchess of Malfi starring Gemma Arterton, opened on 9 January 2014.

Over 600,000 theatregoers saw a Globe production in 2013, including tours. Later this year the company is launching a production of Hamlet that aims to visit every country in the world over the next two years.

The Globe's income was £19,789m, up from £17,834m in 2012, while expenditure was just under £18m (up from £17.3m the previous year).