National Theatre attendance in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2016

This statistic presents the number of paid attendances at performances by the National Theatre in the United Kingdom (UK) from the financial year 2010/11 to financial year 2015/16. Attendance figures at National Theatre performances more than doubled between 2011/12 and 2014/15. However in the following year 2015/16 attendance dropped to around 2.3 million.

The Royal National Theatre is one of the UK’s leading performing arts organizations, producing plays and performances for both British and international audiences. The National Theatre itself is made up of three theater venues in London: the Olivier theatre, the Lytellton theatre and the Dorfman theatre. Although a large proportion of attendance is recorded at these venues, the majority of paid attendances in 2015/16 came from shows performed in the West End and on international tours. In addition, the theater records and broadcasts performances internationally, increasing its global audience reach.

The National Theatre is one of the most subsidized theatre organizations by Arts Council England, the public funding body for the arts in England. However box office revenues, fundraising, trading and other types of income generated by the company far outweigh the level of public funding the theatre receives.

Paid attendance at the National Theatre in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010/11 to 2015/16*

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Release date

September 2016


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010/11 to 2015/16

Supplementary notes

* Includes attendance at all National Theatre venues and touring shows.

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