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Royal Shakespeare Company reveals record income

RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon
Image caption Box office receipts increased by about 75%

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) says its income rose by a quarter in the past year, its highest figure ever.

Its income rose to £62.6m in 2012-13 compared to £50.1m a year earlier, while box office receipts increased by about 75% from £18.1m to £31.6m.

An RSC spokeswoman said its production of Matilda The Musical, which continues to play to full houses in London, had a "significant impact" on figures.

There were 1,459 performances of 25 productions in 2012-13.

Fundraising, which includes money from individuals, companies and charitable foundations, grew by 28% to £4.1m.

The company said it now generated 73% of its own income, including through box office cash, trading income from other sources - such as restaurant money - and fundraising.

The RSC said the other 27% mainly came from Arts Council England.

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