The Slovak National Theatre (SND) indicated on May 6 that obsolete technical equipment is one of its long-standing problems, with managers blaming the situation on the 21 years taken to complete its new Sk4.5-billion (€139.53-million) building near the Danube that opened in April 2007, the TASR newswire wrote.
Presenting the SND annual report for 2007 on May 6, Peter Sugar, who heads up the art-decoration workshops, said that work is being focused on repairing equipment that dates back to the 1980s. According to him, this was either inadequately stored or left unused for a long period. The same is true of a revolving ballet stage installed in 1993, which will definitely take more than a year to repair.
The SND also reported a 13.5-percent annual jump in the number of tickets sold in 2007. The theatre offered 17 premieres, hosted 26 shows of other troupes at home and put on 31 of its own performances abroad. SND's bottom line for 2007 showed a loss of around Sk9 million (€280,000), with revenues totalling Sk547.33 million (€13.33 million) and expenditures of Sk556.32 million. TASR
b>Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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7. May 2008 at 9:30