ANNUAL REVIEW 2015/16
FESTIVAL AND KING’S THEATRES ANNUAL REVIEW 2015/16
We are pleased to present the Annual Review 2015/16 for the Festival and King’s Theatres. The review is available to read online here
In another outstanding year, we’ve seen an exceptionally strong programme presented on our stages. The success of the programme has enabled us to achieve a financial surplus for the fifth year in a row and establish reserves just over our targeted level of £350,000.
As an independent theatre organisation and a registered charity in Scotland, we reinvest our financial surplus in our theatres and the communities they serve. In addition to a successful programme, we’re delighted to report on some really exciting education and outreach work delivered by our ground-breaking Learning and Participation team.
In the last year, we have engaged over 25,000 people in our education and outreach activitiesand the recent creation of the post of Head of Creativity and Diversity underlines our commitment to introducing new audiences and improving access. We extended our programme of relaxed performances to include all of our Christmas shows, we continue to increase the number of signed and audio described performances offered throughout the year, and in September 2015 we launched the Forget Me Not project to enable the Festival and King’s Theatres to become dementia friendly communities.
Full details on the achievements of 2015/16 are included in the Annual Review released today. Statistics for the year include:
· Total footfall of 423,735 people through our theatres in the last financial year
· 32,525 new attenders to our theatres
· Record pantomime box office and seen by 91,732 people
· Fundraising income up by 40% on previous year
· Continued expansion of Learning & Participation activity with 25,890 people taking part in 252 events
· Increase in digital engagement, with 2,694,317 visitors to our website; 51% increase in Facebook ‘likes’ and 23% increase in Twitter followers
We hope you’ll enjoy reading about our experiences in this year’s review.