I have come down rather hard on Newell for his overall performance as Artistic Director of Court Theater. But from hearing reports of friends who attended (at my behest), talking with theater staff, and personal observation this last occasion, I gather that attendance has not been packed. The audience does not support classical theater, however much people may like to pretend that they do, or seriously desire to.
Had there been enthusiastic audience support, I expect the run might have been extended. It did not materialize.