Record year for West End theatres as ticket sales boom

14:58 29 January 2014

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Shaftesbury Avenue at the heart of London's Theatreland (Picture: Nick Ansell/PA)

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Major musicals such as The Book of Mormon and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory contributed to a record year for ticket sales in the West End in 2013, according to new figures.

Overall attendances were up by four per cent from the previous year to 14,587,276, while sales rose 11 per cent to £585,506,455, the data from the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) shows.

SOLT, which represents 52 major theatres in central London, said sales were boosted by several big new musicals and plays such as The Audience, starring Helen Mirren as the Queen.

More than half a million people have been to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which stars Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka.

SOLT president Mark Rubinstein said: “I am delighted that we can announce a record year for London theatre attendances as well as a tenth year running of year-on-year growth in ticket income.

“These figures pay testament to the quality, vibrancy and enduring popularity of the London stage, which, despite a difficult economic climate, continues to pull in the crowds thanks to the world-class entertainment on offer and inclusive pricing structures.

“With the combined box office advance sales also reaching new heights in December, we are looking forward to another year of success stories for our theatres in 2014.”

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