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West End theatres attendances up

Knutsford Guardian: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and other new shows have helped to boost attendance at London's theatres Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and other new shows have helped to boost attendance at London's theatres

The West End enjoyed record ticket sales last year thanks to the launch of several major new musicals and plays, according to figures released by the Society of London Theatre (SOLT).

The box office figures show o verall attendances were up by 4 per cent from the previous year to 14,587,276, while sales rose 11 per cent to £585,506,455.

SOLT said 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 s tars 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."

The society represents 52 major theatres in c entral London.

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