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Royal & Derngate enjoys £4.4m a year ticket sales

Royal & Derngate, Northampton.
Behind the scenes of panto Sleeping Beauty at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton. .

Royal & Derngate, Northampton. Behind the scenes of panto Sleeping Beauty at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton. .

The Royal & Derngate theatre in Northampton sold £4.4 million of tickets and entertained more than 236,000 people in the past year, an annual report has shown.

The town’s theatre earned 73 per cent of its £7.6 million revenue through tickets sales for 767 performances, as well as profits from the bar, cafe and other fund-raising activities.

Chris Heaton-Harris, chairman of the theatre’s board of trustees, said: “Our artistic profile has arguably never been higher with last Summer’s Made in Northampton productions being chosen to feature as part of the Cultural Olympiad. This was a testament not only to the vision of the outgoing artistic director, Laurie Sansom, but to the hard work of the whole team at Royal & Derngate.”

The theatre sold 38,172 tickets for its Made in Northampton productions.

Since Mr Sansom left to become the artistic director at the National Theatre of Scotland, James Dacre has been appointed artistic director at Royal & Derngate.

The Royal & Derngate has calculated that it had a total economic impact on the local economy of £20 million.

This figure includes customers spending £2.5 million in Northampton restaurants and paying for taxi fares.

The number of first-time visitors to the theatre last year was 17,622.

 

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