A record breaking year for the West End

Results for 2009, released today by the Society of London Theatre (SOLT), show that Theatreland has, despite the overall economic gloom, remained highly resilient, with record numbers of theatregoers in the capital.The figures – which are compiled from the 52 major theatres in central London, primarily commercial but also including grant-aided flagships such as the National, Royal Court, Almeida and Donmar Warehouse – show a total of 14,257,922 trips were made to see a London show in 2009. That’s up 5.5% from the 13,807,286 trips in 2008. Total ticket revenue in 2009 rose to £504,765,690, up 7.6% from the £480,563,674 taken at box offices in 2008.  Plays faed particularly well, up an incredible 26% on 2008, while opera, dance and entertainment shows were collectively up 7% – but musicals were down year-on-year by 2%.

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