229,000 people went to Opera House shows in past year

229,000 people went to Opera House shows in past year
Cork Opera House recorded a €312,761 profit last year.

ALMOST 230,000 people passed through the doors of Cork Opera House as the city venue hosted 277 performances in the last 12 months.

The figures were revealed at the Opera House’s AGM yesterday, with chair Tim Healy confirming that the venue achieved its financial goals for the sixth consecutive year. A profit of €312,761 was reported.

2017/18 was described as a landmark year for Cork Opera House at the meeting.

The theatre undertook the significant task of producing two significant summer shows, Prodijig: The Revolution and Annie: The Musical, as well as extending the run of its pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and introducing a new festival, Right Here Right Now, which celebrates local musicians.

In total, 229,000 people attended 277 performances, including several which took place as part of the internationally-acclaimed Sounds from a Safe Harbour music festival.

Cork Opera House also commenced the first phase of a significant project required to update the theatre, with work focusing on the back of house. Capital development work will continue over the coming years to complete a series of essential maintenance work.

Speaking at the AGM, Cork Opera House CEO Eibhlín Gleeson said: “Our 2017/18 financial result reaffirms Cork Opera House’s position at the centre of arts, culture and entertainment in Cork. We have become one of the most prolific producers of large-scale work in the country.”

The production of Annie attracted more than 30,000 people last summer, with a further 55,000 attending the pantomime later in the year.

Ms Gleeson continued: “These performances engage artists and creative people from our own region, presenting key opportunities for many local artists to work on the Opera House stage.”

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