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Stratford (Ont) 1991 Post-Mortem
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 320. Friday, 6 Dec 1991.
 
 
From: 		Ken Steele <
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Subject: 	1991 Stratford Festival Post-Mortem
Date: 		Fri, 6 Dec 91 18:12:14 EST
 
 
Dear Fellow SHAKSPEReans;
 
The latest press releases from the Stratford (Ontario) Festival may be
of interest to those of you who attended, have followed the discussion
here, or simply have a place in your hearts for Stratford Ont.
 
Box Office revenue for the 1991 season totalled $15,456,537, from a
total of 479,273 admissions to 561 performances (down 5% from 1990).
That 5% drop in attendance meant a $1,351,271 loss on operations this season,
and despite a 1990 surplus, the Festival is left with a $541,930 deficit
-- the first since 1984.
 
Fans of *Timon* will be impressed by the following figures, which show
percentages of revenue capacity attained:
 
*Hamlet* (67 performances)    				55.4%
*Much Ado About Nothing* (58 performances)    		51.7%
*Twelfth Night* (58 performances)   			41.1%
*Timon of Athens* (39 performances)    			75.7%
*Knight of the Burning Pestle* (17 performances)    	65.0%
 
The average this season was 55.2%.  *Twelfth Night* came in just a hair
above the worst performer, *Our Town*, which attained 40.7% (evidently
word got around about *12N*, although *Our Town* wasn't that bad...).
*Timon*, though, was the MOST popular production, a full 10% ahead of
*Les Belles Soeurs*, the second-place production at 65.7%.
 
I think I've already mentioned that Shakespeare will monopolize the
Festival stage for the 1991 Season (Stratford's 40th Anniversary).
I'll be there...
 
						Ken Steele
						University of Toronto
						
 

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