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. :-))