Homegrown drama takes centre stage in Finland

According to the latest statistics collated annually by Theatre Info Finland (TINFO), Finnish plays feature heavily on theatre programmes across Finland. The commitment to homegrown drama is particularly strongly reflected in ticket sales, with Finnish plays proving a hit with audiences.

During the 2015–2016 season, Finnish plays and other performances accounted for a total of 1.4 million tickets sold, a notable result in a country of just 5.5 million people. Domestic works represented 54% of all ticket sales for state-subsidised drama theatres and, at 61%, an even greater proportion of sales for so-called independent theatres not included within the scope of the Finnish Act on the Financing of Educational and Cultural Provision.

While traditional Finnish drama enjoyed a strong position within the market, theatre programming also reflected a fascination with post-dramatic content, including other performing art forms and genres, such as puppet theatre, improvised theatre, stand-up comedy and community-based theatre. A range of new performances types, particularly prevalent in the independent theatre sector, were also recorded and mainly consisted of premieres of new Finnish productions.

Myydyt liput kotimaisiin 2000_2016
Ticket sales, Finnish and foreign performances, Seasons 2000/01 - 2015/2016

Source: Finnish Theatre Statistics 2016 by TINFO – Theatre Info Finland