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Estonian theatre statistics is made up of three sub-divisions: repertoire statistics, performance and attendance statistics and economic statistics.

Statistical data has been collected on the basis of a calendar year, not a theatre season as customary in theatre. The revenue and expenditure is reflected on an accrual basis.

CHAPTER I
REPERTOIRE statistics  covers theatre productions by type, genre and target group.
The comparison of types of productions shows which type of production is preferred in Estonian theatre: drama productions (plays), music or dance productions. For a more detailed picture, the types of productions have been divided by genre, and the general distribution has been taken as a basis (drama, comedy, tragicomedy, opera, operetta, musical).

Children’s productions can be found in the table “Number of productions by target group“, adding together productions for toddlers and for children. In addition to the creative side, target groups also play an important role in forming the theatres’ repertoire. The audience has been divided by target groups into toddlers (under 5), children (6-11), teenagers (12-16), youth (17-21) and adults.

With regard to dramatic literature or dramatizations of literature, authors’ countries of origin are provided, as well as comparisons of the productions by Estonian and foreign authors.

CHAPTER II
provides information on the number of performances and visitors by type of production and genre, theatres’ performances in stationary (permanent) venues and outside, theatre attendance and the average cost of a visit to the theatre.

In addition, the online visits have been outlined in a separate column and these have not been added to the number of theatre visits / aggregate numbers.

Performance activities of theatres, the number of visitors by theatre at permanent venues and outside has also been presented separately.

In case of some theatres, the actual number of visitors is bigger than that shown in the table. This is due to the fact that the first two chapters indicate only the number of visitors related to the theatres’ performances (main activity of theatres). But theatres often organise other events with a number of visitors and significant income. The respective data has been provided in Chapter III and outlined in the annual publication  “Teatrielu“ chronicle.

CHAPTER III
the expenditure and income of performing arts institutions is presented in six tables.
The first table reflects the share of subsidies from the public sector – national and local municipality support – in the income of theatres.
The second table presents the total distribution of income related to the economic activity of theatres and to the allocation of subsidies.
The third table provides a more detailed overview of the subsidies allocated to performing arts institutions; the share of state and local government support in the total income of theatres has been presented separately.

The fourth table provides an overview of the primary types of expenditure in theatres as total and the fifth table shows the distribution of expenditures separately (for expenditure related to performing activities). The sixth table outlines the HR costs out of total expenditure, as it is the largest expense for all theatres.  

The economic statistics tables for 2012-2017 are provided under the last link, because until 2017, income and expenditure directly and indirectly connected to performance activities were calculated separately in presenting economic data. 

All the income and expenditure has been calculated by accrual method. Persons liable to value added tax show the cost of goods and services without the value added tax. Persons not liable to value added tax show the cost of goods and services with the value added tax.
Expenditure and income statistics show remuneration costs inclusive of all taxes.