SHAWFEST 2012 drew paid attendance of 9,675, on par with the turnouts to previous Master Playwright Festivals dedicated to Michel Tremblay (2005) and Caryl Churchill (2010).
The 19-day celebration of George Bernard Shaw, which ended Sunday, did not crack the 10,000 ticket barrier for the third consecutive year but ended the box office decline that followed MillerFest, which sold 11,264 tickets. The three free lectures were attended by 233 patrons while 153 festival fans purchased ShawPasses.
Along with releasing the final figures for ShawFest, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre announced the subject of next year's festival is the great American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. The eight-time Tony Award-winner will be feted Jan. 16-Feb. 3, 2013, and his many fans can hope the lineup will include at least a couple of such master works as West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and Assassins.