National Theatre of Scotland sells millionth ticket

image captionStephen Will became the millionth audience member when he booked to see Dunsinane at His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen

The National Theatre of Scotland has sold its one millionth ticket.

The company, which is funded by the Scottish government, launched in February 2006 with a production called HOME which was staged on a bus in Aberdeen.

It has no permanent building but has taken performances to London, the rest of the UK, Los Angeles and Beijing.

Stephen Will, a pupil at Alford Academy in Aberdeenshire, became the millionth audience member.

He booked to see the National Theatre of Scotland and Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Dunsinane, which is touring the UK and opened at His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen on Tuesday.

'World-class artists'

The 17-year-old was presented with a special ticket to mark the milestone sale at the box office by actor Siobhan Redmond, who is playing Gruach.

He is a member of Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) Youth Theatre and is part of a group booking to see the performance.

Since its launch, the National Theatre has been involved in 200 productions at 174 locations including airports, tower blocks, community halls and drill halls, ferries and forests.

Laurie Sansom, artistic director for the company, said: "We are delighted to celebrate our millionth member. Audiences are the life-blood of what we do as a company.

"I am currently enjoying the challenge of developing and producing a programme of new work for the Scottish stage, to excite and enthral our existing audience base whilst hoping to reach a new one.

"It is testament to the world-class artists we have the privilege of working with that our work has proved as popular, beyond Scottish borders, in the UK and internationally, as it has at home."

To mark the sale of the millionth ticket, one member of APA Youth Theatre will be selected at random to see the National Theatre of Scotland's production of Let The Right One In at the Royal Court Theatre in London in December.

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