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 12,884 performances
  2. The Phantom Of The Opera, 1986 – still running, over 12,552 performances
  3. Blood Brothers, 1988 (closed, 10,013 performances)  
  4. Cats, 1981 (closed, 8,949 performances)
  5. Mamma Mia!, 1999 - still running, over 7,409 performances
  6. Starlight Express, 1984 (closed, 7,406 performances)
  7. Disney’s The Lion King, 1999  – still running, over 7,175 performances  
  8. Chicago, 1997 revival (closed, 6,187 performances)
  9. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, 1989 (closed, 5,140 performances)
  10. We Will Rock You, 2002 – (closed, 4,659 performances)
  11. Billy Elliot The Musical, 2005 – (closed, 4,566 performances)
  12. Wicked, 2006 – still running, over 4,291 performances
  13. Miss Saigon, 1989 (original 1989 production / closed - 4,264 performances)
  14. Jersey Boys, 2008 – still running, over 3,657 performances
  15. Jesus Christ Superstar, 1972 (original 1972 production / closed, 3,357 performances)
  16. Thriller Live, 2009 – still running, over 3,304 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. Grease!, 1993 (1993 revival / closed – 2,529 performances)

Information supplied to Society of London Theatre, correct as of 5 December 2016.

  1. The Mousetrap,1952 – still running, over 26,703performances
  2. Les Misérables, 1985 – still running, over 12,884 performances
  3. The Phantom Of The Opera, 1986 – still running, over 12,552 performances
  4. The Woman In Black,1989 – still running, over 11,248 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 7,409 performances
  8. Starlight Express, 1984 – (closed, 7,406 performances)
  9. Disney’s The Lion King, 1999 – still running, over 7,175 performances
  10. No Sex Please, We’re British, 1971 – (closed,6,761 performances)
  11. The Crazy Gang, 1931* – (closed)
  12. Chicago, 1997 revival – (closed, 6,187 performances)
  13. Stomp, 2002 – still running, over 6043 performances
  14. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, 1989 – (closed, 5,140 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. Wicked, 2006 – still running, over 4,291performances
  19. Miss Saigon, 1989 – (original 1989 production / closed 4,264 performances)
  20. The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged), 1996 – (closed, 3,744 performances)

*There were various shows under The Crazy Gang banner, but not one continuous long-running show)

Information supplied to Society of London Theatre, correct as of 5 December 2016.

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