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Key facts and figures

Key facts and figures

At the National, we make world-class theatre that is entertaining, challenging and inspiring. And we make it for everyone.

  1. We were 91% full at our South Bank home in 2017-18, and over 30% of our tickets cost £20 or less.
  2. We're on the road - in 2017-18 there were 10 shows on tour  in 36 towns and cities across the UK. All this added up to 115 weeks-worth of performances, squeezed into one year.
  3. 60% of state secondary schools have signed up to use On Demand in Schools, our free production streaming service.
  4. NT Live broadcasts productions to 2,500 screens in 60 countries, including over 700 screens across the UK from Penzance to the Shetland Islands.
  5. In 2017-18 we reached just under 200,000 participations across the whole Learning programme.
  6. Worldwide, there were 8 million engagements with us in 2017-18 through live theatre and events, NT Live broadcasts, television and radio broadcasts, learning and participation activity, and interactions with in-depth digital content.
  7. Around 4,000 people worked at the National Theatre in 2017-18 - from actors, to ushers, to scenic artists. In fact, we are technically one of the largest factories in central London, with hundreds of skilled craftspeople, practitioners and artists working together to produce world-class theatre.
  8. Our New Work Department has around 200 projects in development, and receives around 1,500 open-submission scripts every year.
  9. The NT receives a regular grant from Arts Council England of £16.7m each year. Grants allow us to tour our work around the country, run our learning and participation programmes, to protect our lowest ticket prices, and to invest in the development of new work and world-leading artists.
  10. Public funding for the arts makes up just 0.05% of Government spending and delivers a return of £5 in taxes for every £1 invested. This modest investment in the Arts is one of the reasons why the Creative Industries are the fastest growing part of the UK economy.

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