Fast Facts

2013 Total Operating Budget

$27.8 million

Our Revenue Sources

Earned revenue (ticket sales): 66%
Fundraising: 21%
Government grants: 8%
Other revenues: 5%

Attendance for the 2013 Season: 270,580

68% of our audience comes from Canada
31% from the United States
1% from overseas

Shaw Festival Company

About 600 employees at the height of the season, including 64 actors


1690 seats in four theatres:

856 in the Festival Theatre
327 in the Court House Theatre
313 in the Royal George Theatre
194 in the Studio Theatre

Ticket Prices

Ticket prices for students are $24 and Platinum seating on a summer weekend starts from $113. There are many ways of saving on ticket prices, from Super Sundays to preview tickets to $30 tickets for patrons under the age of 30. (See Ways to Save). In 2013, the average cost of a theatre ticket at The Shaw was $64.62.

Economic Impact

The Shaw Festival contributed $75.4 million locally and $106.6 million to Ontario’s economy in 2010. Shaw Festival visitors spent over $42.8 million on regional accommodations, dining, winery visits and other tourism-related experiences.