Cork’s Everyman Palace Theatre had 100,000 attendees last year at a record 91 productions.

Turnover at the MacCurtain Street venue has increased by 30% in the past two years and box office takings have risen by 23%.

The theatre’s executive director, Sean Kelly, said the excellent results are a reflection of the special bond between The Everyman and audiences and artists.

“We believe that we are a unique organisation that consistently showcases work of the highest quality, while generating over 90% of our income from selling tickets to the public.

“While our determination to remain the premiere theatre venue in the region will never flag, we also now present work in a more diverse range of genres,” Mr Kelly said.

In a nod to the Everyman’s illustrious history as a cinema, the Cork Film Festival will return to its spititual home from November 11 to 20.

Meanwhile, the theatre yesterday announced details of its Christmas pantomime, Red Riding Hood, which opens on December 10.

The pantomime is a co-production between the Everyman and CADA and is produced and directed by Catherine Mahon Buckley.

Before then, the Everyman is looking forward to the visit of comedians such as Des Bishop and Jason Byrne, while Ballet Ireland will present The Nutcracker, and there is a vast array, from live music acts to drama, to enjoy over the coming months.

In January, the theatre will host the world premiere of the first play by acclaimed novelist, Kevin Barry.

Barry’s Autumn Royal will open at the Everyman on January 30, and, in March, the venue will also premiere a new play by Declan Hassett, which will celebrate Jack Lynch.

It is entitled Jack: Champion – Leader – Legend.


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