High drama and high profits at the Abbey Theatre


There was a dramatic near 40% increase in profits at the Abbey Theatre last year, rising to just under €1m.

That’s the best performance since 2007. The outcome was boosted by a 25% increase in box office receipts to €2.4m and on the back of very successful performances of John B Keane’s 'Sive,' and of 'Our Few and Evil Days' starring Tom Vaughan of Love/Hate fame.

Overall box office and touring receipts combined with reduced grant support of €6.6m, brought the theatre’s revenues to €10m during the period.

The report comments that the strong 2014 results will "allow the Abbey to address, to some extent, the impact of a reduction in core revenue grant funding from the Arts Council of €6.47m in 2014 to €6.2m in 2015."


The Irish Times reports that the theatre’s 2016 centenary programme received €500,000 directly from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht after it failed to secure funding from the Arts Council.

The Abbey sought funding from the Arts Council for its 1916 'Waking the Nation' programme and submitted it as part of an open call for new projects.

Its submission was not one of the nine chosen by the Arts Council panel.

It then directly approached the Department and engaged in "verbal discussions" over a period of months which resulted in the theatre receiving €500,000.

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