UK theatre box office takings highest on record in 2016

UK theatres took £1.12 billion at the box office in 2016, an overall increase of £30 million on 2015.

UK Theatre and Society of London Theatre have revealed their members' box office figures which amount to £471.7 million for regional theatre and £644.7 million for the West End.

19.1 million tickets were sold across 42,866 productions, though audience attendance decreased slightly (0.57%) the increase in ticket prices – more than 4% on 2015 – saw overall takings rise.

Fiona Allan, president of UK Theatre, said: "These figures demonstrate the remarkable resilience of the theatre industry across the UK. Although we’ve been operating in a challenging financial climate, people clearly value the outstanding work produced on our stages.

“We can be proud that the UK remains a world leader in performing arts and is home to the most innovative drama, dance and opera companies.”

 

Original story from The Stage. Image of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Globe Theatre (2016) by Steve Tanner.

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