LPA Ticket Attendance and Revenue Survey 2013

Photo: Waiting for Godot - Sydney Theatre Company, Lisa Tomasetti

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The Comedy category drew attendance of 44,377 and generated $1.64 million in revenue. This category is ranked fourth in terms of industry revenue, due to a high average ticket price ($39.22) and few unpaid tickets (5.8% of total attendance).

This category staged 121 performances, which generated average revenue of $13,556 per performance due to high attendance rates of 367 per performance, making it one of the top performing categories.

Regional and metropolitan venues generated the vast majority of revenue and attendance for this category. Notable venues include Empire Theatre (Toowoomba), Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Theatre Royal (Hobart), Frankston Arts Centre and Geelong Performing Arts Centre.

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Comedy - Revenue and Attendance (2009–2013)

Revenue ($) Growth (%) Total Attendance* Growth (%) Average Ticket Price ($)** Growth (%)
2009 $39,570,117 661,445 $44.07
2010 $39,048,164 -1.3% 792,713 19.8% $51.53 16.9%
2011 $51,999,602 33.2% 1,011,342 27.6% $55.07 6.9%
2012 $48,694,665 -6.4% 981,035 -3.0% $53.55 -2.8%
2013 $41,473,321 -14.8% 912,609 -7.0% $48.82 -8.8%

*Based on both paid and unpaid tickets

** Average Ticket Prices are calculated based only on paid tickets

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Comedy - Revenue by State/Territory (2013)

State/Territory Revenue ($) Proportion Industry Share Change From 2012 Attendance Proportion Industry Share Change From 2012
NSW $11,044,446 26.6% -5.8% 199,257 21.8% -5.3%
VIC $18,777,732 45.3% 8.0% 517,491 56.7% 7.4%
QLD $3,377,522 8.1% -0.9% 54,814 6.0% 0.2%
WA $5,764,505 13.9% 2.8% 92,142 10.1% -0.6%
SA $931,673 2.2% -2.2% 16,536 1.8% -0.6%
ACT $1,092,092 2.6% -1.8% 22,280 2.4% -0.7%
TAS/NT $485,352 1.1% -0.1% 10,089 1.1% -0.4%

Photo: The Gala - Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Jim Lee