Social engagement and regional theatre: Patterns of theatre attendance

José María Grisolía, Ken Willis, Colin Wymer, Andrew Law

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This paper assesses the degree to which a typical regional theatre engages with society. It uses postcodes from theatre booking data and compares the socioecenomic profiles of these postcodes with postcodes from which no theatregoers are drawn. A re-working of recent theories of class provides a conceptual context, whilst discriminant analysis is used to identify the socioecenomic factors of postcodes associated with theatre and non-theatre attendance. Education factors were the principal determinants of attendance, with occupational categories being important, but lower socioecenomic groups were less likely to engage with theatre. However, social engagement and factors determining attendance varied by type of show: comedy, drama, family and Shakespearian productions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-244
Number of pages20
JournalCultural Trends
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Discriminant analysis
  • Societal engagement
  • Theatre
  • Type of play

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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