Funded theatre organizations: income breakdown in England 2017/18

This statistic presents a breakdown of income generated by theatre organizations receiving regular funding from Arts Council England in the financial year 2017/18. Theatres in England earned the majority of their income through their own artistic, educational and supplementary activities, which represented around 66 percent of their overall income. Less than a quarter came from Arts Council England subsidies.

Distribution of income generated by subsidized theatres in England in financial year 2017/18, by type*

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Release date

October 2018


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

April 2017 to March 2018

Number of respondents

160 respondents

Special properties

Theaters receiving regular funding from ACE

Supplementary notes

* Based on all theater organizations receiving regular funding from Arts Council England (ACE) as a National Portfolio Organization. Arts Council England is the national development agency providing government and lottery funding for the arts in England.

To view the data within the source material, go to Table 1 and select 'Theatre' under 'Discipline'.

Definitions according to the source are as follows:
Earned income: All income generated by the organizations own artistic, educational and supplementary activity, including trading income and bank interest.
Arts Council England subsidy: Includes both government and lottery funding.
Contributed income: Includes sponsorships from business organizations, income from corporate membership schemes, trusts or foundations and the general public (where no benefit is received in return).
Local authority subsidy: All subsidies received from local authorities including revenue and project funding (not capital projects).
Other public subsidy: All other public sources including grants from universities, research bodies and other arts funding bodies, development corporation funding and revenue direct from central and/or European governments (not capital projects).

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