The longest season ever for the Stratford Festival is proving to be record setting.
The 2018 season brought in record revenues for the festival. Total revenue for the season was up 8% over 2017, with a total of $65.8 million. Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino and Executive Director Anita Gaffney said there was a $1.9 million surplus.
The season also saw a 10 percent increase in attendance to 502,605.
“During our tenure, Antoni and I have focused on establishing awareness of the Festival in new markets, generating interest in and demand for our work and encouraging loyalty amongst our valued patrons," Gaffney said in a release. "This work has resulted in some of the best results we’ve had in years. There’s lots to celebrate.”
The 2018 season saw the strongest sales across all of their productions in ten years. Final numbers show $33 million in ticket sales, which is the third highest in the festival's history. The extension of The Rocky Horror Show made the 2018 season the longest ever.
The Stratford Direct Bus, which offers round-trip transportation from Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo, had its highest number of tickets sold as well. The service began in 2013.
The season also saw more than $80 million raised for the new Tom Pattesron Theatre Centre, scheduled to open next year.