Queensland Theatre is celebrating a record-breaking 2017, with the company smashing a string of records for ticket sales and subscribers in Artistic Director Sam Strong’s first season at the helm. “I’m so proud of 2017 – my first year as Artistic Director and our first as Queensland Theatre,” said Strong, who took over the Artistic Directorship of Queensland Theatrein November 2015. “I want to thank our audiences for a record breaking year. Together, we’ve created our highest selling show ever in Brisbane, our highest selling year ever in the history of the company, and the highest number of subscribers in 20 years.”

Sam Strong, Queensland Theatre Queensland Theatre Artistic Director Sam Strong. 

Under Strong – who has an impressive track record, having overseen a 60% increase in audience numbers and doubled subscriptions over his two years as AD at Griffin Theatre – Queensland Theatre has significantly expanded its reach.

“No other theatre company in the country has had our geographic footprint,” he said. “In 2017, you could see Queensland Theatre shows in 2000 seat theatres in Sydney and Melbourne, in a festival in London, or in an outdoor venue on Thursday Island, in the Torres Strait. We played to audiences...