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The Theatre category experienced declines in revenue and attendance in 2014, in contrast to the strong gains achieved in 2013. Gross revenue fell from $119.65 million to $99.71 million, or by 16.7%. Total attendances decreased by 18.3%, while the average ticket price increased slightly from $72.88 to $73.83.
As with previous years, performances through the AMPAG companies generated a large share of ticket sales and revenue. In 2014, the AMPAG companies staged fewer theatre performances compared to 2013, which helps to explain the fall in revenue and attendance. Major companies within AMPAG include Sydney Theatre Company and Melbourne Theatre Company. Major performances by these companies included Macbeth, Cyrano de Bergerac and Noises Off by Sydney Theatre Company and The Speechmaker, Pennsylvania Avenue and Private Lives by Melbourne Theatre Company.
Commercial theatre tours also experienced declines in 2014 with fewer performances than in 2013. Major commercial performances included national tours of Mrs Browns Boys, The Last Confession and Wogboys. A Murder is Announced also continued its national tour, which was performed over two calendar years. All of these major performances were staged in Western Australia in 2014, which helps to explain the strong growth in that state of 61% in revenue and 35% in attendance.