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 2019

  • Attendances of 15,315,773 (down 1.4% from 2018)
  • Gross revenue of £798,994,920 (up 4.3% from 2018)
  • Average ticket price paid £52.17 (up 5.8% from 2018)
  • VAT generated for the Treasury of £133,165,820
  • 80.7% of available seats filled (up from 77.5% in 2018)
  • 18,364 performances (down 1.8% from 2018)

View a press release with full details here.

 Longest-running shows in West End History

  1. Les Miserables (running since 1985) – over 14,156 performances
  2. The Phantom of the Opera (running since 1986) – over 13,877 performances
  3. Blood Brothers (1988 production, now closed) – 10,013 performances
  4. Cats (1981 production, now closed) – 8949 performances
  5. Mamma Mia! (running since 1999) – over 8750 performances
  6. Disney’s The Lion King (running since 1999) – over 8506 performances
  7. Starlight Express (1984 production, now closed) – 7406 performances
  8. Chicago (1997 revival, now closed) – 6187 performances
  9. Wicked (running since 2006) – over 5635 performances
  10. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (1989 production, now closed) – 5140 performances
  11. We Will Rock You (2002 production, now closed) – 4659 performances
  12. Thriller Live (running since 2009) – over 4613 performances
  13. Billy Elliot The Musical (2005 production, now closed) – 4566 performances
  14. Miss Saigon (1989 production, now closed) – 4264 performances
  15. Jersey Boys (2008 production, now closed) – 3787 performances
  16. Matilda The Musical (running since 2011) – over 3478 performances
  17. Jesus Christ Superstar (1972 production, now closed) – 3357 performances
  18. Me and My Girl (1985 revival, now closed) – 3303 performances
  19. The Book Of Mormon (running since 2013) – over 2900 performances
  20. Evita (1978 production, now closed) – 2900 performances

Information supplied to Society of London Theatre, correct as of 7 February 2020.

  1. The Mousetrap (running since 1952) – over 28,152 performances
  2. Les Miserables (running since 1985) – over 14,156 performances
  3. The Phantom of the Opera (running since 1986) – over 13,877 performances
  4. The Woman in Black (running since 1989) – over 12,573 performances
  5. Blood Brothers (1988 production, now closed) – 10,013 performances
  6. Cats (1981 production, now closed) – 8949 performances
  7. Mamma Mia! (running since 1999) – over 8750 performances
  8. Disney’s The Lion King (running since 1999) – over 8506 performances
  9. Starlight Express (1984 production, now closed) – 7406 performances
  10. No Sex Please, We’re British (1971 production, now closed) – 6761 performances
  11. Stomp (2002 production, now closed) – 6512 performances
  12. Chicago (1997 revival, now closed) – 6187 performances
  13. Wicked (running since 2006) – over 5635 performances
  14. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (1989 production, now closed) – 5140 performances
  15. We Will Rock You (2002 production, now closed) – 4659 performances
  16. Thriller Live (running since 2009) – over 4613 performances
  17. Billy Elliot The Musical (2005 production, now closed) – 4566 performances
  18. The Black and White Minstrel Show (1962 production, now closed) – 4344 performances
  19. Miss Saigon (1989 production, now closed) – 4264 performances
  20. Jersey Boys (2008 production, now closed) – 3787 performances

Information supplied to Society of London Theatre, correct as of 7 February 2020. 

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