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New musicals help the West End enjoy a record year

The box office figures show overall attendances were up by 4% from the previous year to 14,587,276.

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Business booming in London's West End theatres

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.

Dame Helen Mirren Credit: Press Association

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.

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