COMMENT on Shaw Festival Statistics for 2011 season.

by Lynn on November 3, 2011

in The Passionate Playgoer

The Shaw Festival has just finished its 50th season with some impressive numbers.

Overall attendance was 274, 800, an increase of 13,000 (5%) over last year.

Attendance of plays by George Bernard Shaw was 65,000 this year increased from 52,500 last year. An increase of 12,500 (23.8%). That’s quite impressive when you consider Shaw is not taught at all in schools anymore, and his plays are rarely done even in England (his adoptive country) or Ireland, where he was born.

The biggest selling production in the history of the Shaw Festival was My Fair Lady, which I described as My Fair Lady for the 21st century.

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