Abbey Theatre launches its 2014 Annual Report

The Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s national theatre is pleased to publish its 2014 Annual Report.

Speaking about 2014, Fiach MacConghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre said:

‘In one of our most productive years yet, we celebrated our 110th anniversary with an extensive artistic, literary, touring and education programme. 2014 was an extraordinary year in our journey at Ireland’s national theatre; we reached 160,000 people in Ireland and internationally; we staged five new Irish plays; we welcomed 14 visiting theatre and dance companies and three festivals to our stages; we toured to 49 venues in Ireland, the UK and Germany; we worked with over 200 actors, dancers and performers.’

Declan Cantwell, Director of Finance and Administration said:

‘We are pleased to end 2014 with a surplus of €1m. This was a major achievement and was the result of a successful year, artistically and at Box Office. One factor that led to this was Box Office success with plays such as The Risen People and Sive early on in 2014. This enabled us to programme more activity on the Peacock stage later in the year which in turn enabled us to earn enough income to finish 2014 on a surplus. Increasing activity on the Peacock stage has been a major focus of ours in 2014. We presented two new plays and 12 visiting companies on the Peacock stage.’

Key highlights of 2014 include:

• 124,000 people enjoyed performances at the Abbey Theatre
• 546 performances of 32 plays on our stages and on tour
• 5 pieces of new Irish writing were performed at the Abbey Theatre and around Ireland
• 202 actors, dancers and performers worked with us
• 12 theatre companies were welcomed to the Peacock stage
• 62 Noble Calls were performed by actors, artists, journalists, historians and musicians in response to The Risen People
• 16 Irish playwrights were under commission
• 20 leading playwrights and directors mentored 63 emerging playwrights in Belfast, Limerick and Dublin in our Pop-Up Playwriting Workshops
• 50 aspiring playwrights took part in our Write With Me playwriting salons as part of our Playwrights Hub in the Peacock
• 84 people saw extracts from works in progress by 18 writers at our Peacock Scratch Nights
• Over 200 unsolicited scripts were read and responded to
• 573 people attended The Theatre of Memory Symposium
• 2,937 people joined the conversation in our Abbey Talks
• 31,134 people saw the Abbey on tour in 22 counties in Ireland and in the UK and Germany
• 3,291 kilometres travelled by the cast and crew of Quietly on tour
• 1,775 children saw Me, Mollser in their schools and communities
• Over 700,000 people watched Miss Panti Bliss’ Noble Call online
• 12,538 people visited the Abbey from overseas
• 44,798 people kept in touch on Facebook and Twitter
• 650,000 visits to
• 587,397 items digitised as part of the largest theatre archive digitisation project ever undertaken, including 155,566 pages of play-scripts, set designs and programmes, and 2,716 audio and video recordings, photographs and posters already available for consultation at NUI Galway.

You can download the 2014 Annual Report here.

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