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Fringe Festival Shatters Attendance Records

July 28, 2014 12:52 PM | Entertainment

Zap Circus

Zap Circus performs during the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival in Old Market Square on July 24, 2014. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Theatregoers smashed attendance records for another year at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival.

Plays attracted 104,859 people between July 16-27 — up from 101,488 last year.

“It’s tremendously exciting for us to experience another record-breaking year at the Fringe,” said executive director Chuck McEwen. “The caliber of the performers and their productions were exceptional, and it’s their artistic talent that continues to help in growing the festival year after year.”

The festival broke daily attendance records six out of its 12 days, with 195 sellouts and $761,522 in box office revenue. A total of 175 companies put on performances in 30 venues across the Exchange District and downtown Winnipeg.

Next year’s Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival is July 15-26, 2015.