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The Circus and Physical Theatre category experienced strong growth across the board between 2014 and 2015, in contrast to the sharp decline experienced in 2014. Gross revenue increased by 116% from $46.09 million to $99.56 million while total attendance increased by 72.6%. The average ticket price also increased by 23.5% from $88.60 to $109.41.
The significant increases for Circus and Physical Theatre can be attributed to the return of major performances by Cirque du Soleil for the first time since 2013 for most states. Cirque du Soleil toured TOTEM in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth and QUIDAM in Canberra and Wollongong.
All states experienced significant growth, with the exception of a decrease in revenue (46%) and attendance (45%) in New South Wales. This can be attributed to Cirque du Soleil’s season of TOTEM opening in Sydney in October 2014 and closing in January 2015.
The Circus and Physical Theatre category was introduced in the 2009 Survey, prior to which such events were included in the Theatre or Children’s/Family categories.