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Large increase in number of people visiting Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury last year

There was a 9% increase in the number of people attending shows at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017, latest figures show.

This follows a previous increase of 10% in 2014/15 and 6% in 2015/16.

In total, 185,264 people visited the theatre in the year 2016/17, with 60,019 (32%) of those visiting from outside Shropshire.

Across both Theatre Severn and the Old Market Hall Cinema – which are both owned and managed by Shropshire Council – attendance at ticketed events was 249,834 during 2016/17.

During the year Theatre Severn was also named Best Theatre/Arts Venue in Shropshire in the Shropshire What’s On Readers Awards – voted by What’s On readers.

David Jack, Theatre Severn manager, said:

“The latest annual attendance figures are very pleasing, and these visits are of course in addition to the hundreds of people who come to Theatre Severn each week for various dance, theatre and fitness classes, and to utilise the facilities we offer for meetings and conferences. We extend our continued thanks to everyone who visits and supports both the theatre and the Old Market Hall, and play such a key part in the ongoing success of these two venues.”
Theatre Severn also recently created its first-ever in house production of Macbeth, earning rave reviews during its eight-performance sell-out run 25-29 April 2017. Approximately 50% of the audience were students, children and schools.

Alongside the production, educational workshops were delivered for local schools, attended by over 100 school pupils in total.