Tuesday 17 September 2019

Box office revenues soar at owner of Druid Theatre

Rory Nolan as Pozzo, Garrett Lombard as Luck, Marty Rea as Estragon and Aaron Monaghan as Estragon in Druids production of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett directed by Garry Hynes
Rory Nolan as Pozzo, Garrett Lombard as Luck, Marty Rea as Estragon and Aaron Monaghan as Estragon in Druids production of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett directed by Garry Hynes

Gordon Deegan

Sell-out nights for Druid Theatre's productions of John B Keane's 'Sive' and Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot' last year contributed to box office income soaring by 38pc, to €1.3m.

New accounts filed by the Galway-based Druid Performing Arts Company show that the surge in box office takings helped the theatre company's overall revenues increase by 21pc, from €2.2m to €2.78m.

The directors stated that Druid's box office was ahead of expectations, with a 31pc increase in audience figures, rising from 68,208 to 89,104, who attended 183 performances across 16 venues.

A 26pc increase in costs to €2.76m - due in part to numbers employed increasing by 42pc to 97 - contributed to the theatre's surplus declining 85pc to €13,971.

The theatre company's revenues were helped by Druid focusing on building up financial support from business and corporate supporters, and this contributed to donations increasing sharply from €119,678 to €215,842.

The accounts also reveal that Druid last year received €1.084m in Government grants, including €928,287 from the Arts Council.

Post year-end, the Druid board approved a contract extension for the theatre's creative force, artistic director Garry Hynes to age 70.

The report also discloses that Druid paid €252,000 to acquire the 35-year leasehold interest in the restaurant property Cactus Jacks at Druid Lane, Galway in order to further strengthen Druid's presence on Druid Lane.

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