– Mark Rubinstein, Society of London Theatre
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.
The West End recorded record ticket sales last year with overall attendances up by 4% from the previous year to 14,587,276. Sales rose 11% to £585,506,455.
The Society of London Theatre says sales were boosted by new musicals including The Book Of Mormon and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, 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.