RSC 2013 annual review

We are holding our AGM today and publishing this year's annual review. It's been a record year for us. So we're taking the time to look back and celebrate. Here are some of the highlights.


  • 1,459 performances of 25 productions
  • 1.5 million people worldwide experienced the our work
  • 420 actors worked and trained with the RSC during the year
  • 403,000 young people and teachers participated in the our Learning and Performance Network
  • 73% of income self-generated
  • Total income increased by 30% to £62.6 million, achieved through a growth in box office of 75%, in fundraising of 28% and in trading income of 9%
  • Major gift to the RSC's endowment fund from Mark Pigott KBE

As we open our production of Richard II and embark on a six year journey to perform every one of Shakespeare's 36 plays, we are reporting a strong performance for the last financial year (2012/13) in our Annual Review.

You can see the review on our annual review page of the website – and look out for the animation which tells the story of our year in a more visual way.

In the year ahead we plan to build on this progress. Greg Doran, our Artistic Director says: “If Shakespeare is a passport through life, then the arts are essential to the health of the nation. From classroom to auditorium, up and down the UK, I see the value of theatre everywhere.

"It is important that we make the case for culture and shout loudly about the impact it has on individuals, communities and regions.”

Find out more in the Our work pages of this website.

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