West End Box Office Up 4%

New figures from the Society of London Theatre have shown the West End enjoyed record ticket sales last year thanks to the launch of several major new musicals and plays.

Overall attendances were up by 4% from the previous year to 14,587,276, while sales rose 11% to £585,506,455.

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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