July 31st, 2011


London theatre takings buck recession trends

It's official. BC and his fans helped boost London theatre box office takings this year. Cut and pasted from the BBC Entertainment page:

West End takings bounce back thanks to plays

London's theatreland has recovered from a slump... figures have increased, due in particular to attendance of plays, which rose 13%... Plays featuring star performers such as Kevin Spacey's sell-out run in Richard III have been attributed to the boost in audience figures. Other star performances included Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch in Danny Boyle's Frankenstein and David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Much Ado About Nothing... Society of London Theatre (Solt) chief executive Julian Bird said he was "cautious, but optimistic" about prospects for the remainder of the year.

"There's a very healthy raft of shows being announced across the autumn and into the winter," he told The Stage trade paper... It shows that London theatre is giving people something they really want and it shows that people continue to want to spend money on a great night out."

Mr Bird added advance takings were also "substantially" up on both last year and 2009... Total box office revenues in 2010 bucked the recession, taking a record £512.3m, with attendances totalling 14,15m.

Entire article complete with pic from Frankenstein here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-14339926

I suggest BC gets back on the stage soon to help ensure another bumper set of results! I'll gladly play my part by paying to see him. :-))
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For the first time in 20 years of London theatre going I am going to see a production 3 days in a run (ie on 3 consecutive nights). And the production is ...

Photo credit: http://www.ntposters.org.uk/image/677612/emperor-and-galilean

I really LOVE this play. I didn't do this for Frankenstein and Benedict. I didn't do this for In a Forest, Dark and Deep and Matthew Fox. I am doing it for Emperor and Galilean and Andrew Scott because the play gives you so much food for thought that everytime you see it it generates yet more strands of thought and because Mr Scott is throwing his life and soul into the part. It gets more frenetic each time I see it. There are only 5 more performances left so if you haven't yet seen it, get your tickets in now!

I saw the most wonderful, beautiful and moving film tonight ... I will post about that tomorrow.

Today is for Emperor and Galilean.