Impact of the coronavirus pandemic on theatre sales in the UK 2020

Ticket sales at UK theatres fell by 93 percent due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. During the period from February 1 to March 16, 2020, as the virus began to spread throughout Europe, ticket sales decreased by 14 percent year-on-year, resulting in a drop in revenue of 19 percent. Theatres across the UK closed from March 16, 2020, following the government's advise for people to avoid gathering in public buildings.

Percentage change in theatre sales before and after closure due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2020

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Sources

Release date

April 2020

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

February 1 to April 22, 2020

Number of respondents

196 respondents

Special properties

Theatre venues*

Supplementary notes

* The source added the following information regarding the methodology: "Purple Seven takes a daily feed from 196 venues from every nation and region around the UK. The sample includes West End and regional venues and both commercial and funded organisations. The size of venues range from small studio theatres to major presenting houses of over 1,000 seats."

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