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Royal Ballet and Opera: Prices

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the affordability of seats for performances by the (a) Royal Ballet and (b) Royal Opera; and if he will make a statement. (201815)

My Department has not assessed the affordability of seats for performances by the Royal Ballet and Royal Opera.

The cost of seats is a matter for individual arts organisations to decide.

Arts Council England has also not assessed the affordability of seats for performances at either the Royal Ballet or the Royal Opera House. Arts Council England has recently produced guidance for arts organisations on how to maximise revenue while minimising the risk of price becoming a barrier that prevents people from attending or participating.

I am arranging for copies of ‘Call it a tenner. The role of pricing in the arts’ to be placed in the House Libraries.