The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre is heading into its next season with money in the bank.
Jameson Matthew Parker and Oliver Becker in Red. (David Cooper)
The theatre company has announced an operating surplus of $96,032 after a season that included large scale productions like Gone With the Wind
, A Few Good Men
, Ride the Cyclone
: A Musical
, and Red
, a play about artist Mark Rothko.
The MTC mainstage and Warehouse theatres attracted 16,544 subscribers in total, which includes a 10 per cent bump in subscriptions at the Warehouse.
All in, 115,268 people took in shows at the theatres, with the biggest draw of the season going to Gone With the Wind
. That show saw the highest casual attendance since My Fair Lady
was produced as part of the 2003-2004 season.
"No matter how you define success, whether artistic, financial, or in terms of audience appreciation, MTC has had a very successful year," said theatre board chair Kerry Dangerfield.
"This season exemplified MTC's vision as we saw our theatres full of artists and audiences sharing in the act of imagining."
The company also attracted audiences away from the two Exchange District stages as well. MTC's regional tour of Ed's Garage
played to 4,630 ticket holders. The Winnipeg Fringe Festival drew a record 100,621 paying customers to its 25th year while SondheimFest pulled in 9,087.
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