Facts and figures

Facts and Figures

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Box Office Data Report

Our annual publication The Box Office Data Report provides detailed information on attendances and audience trends for the previous year, including seasonal variations.

 

Key findings of The Box Office Data Report 2016

  • Overall attendance of 14,328,121
  • Gross sales increased to £644,719,639 (up 1.7%)
  • £107,453,273 of VAT receipts were generated for the Treasury

 Longest-running shows in West End History

  1. Les Misérables, 1985 – still running, over 13,341 performances
  2. The Phantom Of The Opera, 1986 – still running, over 13,008 performances
  3. Blood Brothers, 1988 (closed, 10,013 performances)
  4. Cats, 1981 (closed, 8,949 performances)
  5. Mamma Mia!, 1999 - still running, over 7,871 performances
  6. Disney’s The Lion King, 1999 – still running, over 7,634 performances
  7. Starlight Express, 1984 (closed, 7,406 performances)
  8. Chicago, 1997 revival (closed, 6,187 performances)
  9. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, 1989(closed, 5,140 performances)
  10. Wicked, 2006 – still running, over 4,746 performances
  11. We Will Rock You, 2002 – (closed, 4,659 performances)
  12. Billy Elliot The Musical, 2005 – (closed, 4,566 performances)
  13. Miss Saigon, 1989 (original 1989 production / closed - 4,264 performances)
  14. Jersey Boys, 2008 (closed, 3,787 performances)
  15. Thriller Live, 2009 – still running, over 3,745 performances
  16. Jesus Christ Superstar, 1972 (original 1972 production / closed, 3,357 performances)
  17. Me And My Girl, 1985 (1985 revival / closed – 3,303 performances)
  18. Evita, 1978 (original 1978 production / closed – 2,900 performances)
  19. Oliver!, 1960 (original 1960 production / closed – 2,618 performances)
  20. Matilda The Musical, 2011 – still running, over 2,601 performances

Information supplied to Society of London Theatre, correct as of 8 January 2018.

  1. The Mousetrap,1952 – still running, over 27,174 performances
  2. Les Misérables, 1985 – still running, over 13,341 performances
  3. The Phantom Of The Opera, 1986 – still running, over 13,008 performances
  4. The Woman In Black,1989 – still running, over 11,704 performances
  5. Blood Brothers, 1988 – (closed, 10,013 performances)
  6. Cats, 1981 – (Original 1981 production / closed 8,949 performances)
  7. Mamma Mia!, 1999 - still running, over 7,871 performances
  8. Disney’s The Lion King, 1999 – still running, over 7,634 performances
  9. Starlight Express, 1984 – (closed, 7,406 performances)
  10. No Sex Please, We’re British, 1971 – (closed,6,761 performances)
  11. Stomp, 2002 – (closed, 6,512 performances)
  12. Chicago, 1997 revival – (closed, 6,187 performances)
  13. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, 1989 – (closed, 5,140 performances)
  14. Wicked, 2006 – still running, over 4,746 performances
  15. We Will Rock You, 2002– (closed, 4,659 performances)
  16. Billy Elliot The Musical, 2005 – (closed, 4,566 performances)
  17. The Black & White Minstrel Show, 1962 – (closed 4,344 performances)
  18. Miss Saigon, 1989 – (original 1989 production / closed 4,264 performances)
  19. Jersey Boys, 2008 (closed, 3,787 performances)
  20. Thriller Live, 2009 – still running, over 3,745 performances

Information supplied to Society of London Theatre, correct as of 8 January 2018.

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