Londons West End Celebrates Box Office Records
05 Jan 2011
Great news for London’s West End. Amidst an ongoing recession, the theatre productions The Lion King and Wicked have ended 2010 with reports of box office records.
With earning in excess of £34 million in the last year, the Disney production, The Lion King at The Lyceum has sold more tickets in one year than any West End production in history.
Over 820,000 theatergoers have watched the stage adaptation of Disney’s 1994 hit blockbuster of the same name. The Lion King stage production was overseen by director and designer, Julie Taymor and opened in 1997 on Broadway before arriving in the West End in 1999.
Wicked, the fascinating story how green-skinned Elphaba Thropp and the beautiful Galinda Upland became the Witches of Oz has also closed the last year with a record story. The award-winning musical took "the highest single-week gross in London theatre history" by reaching the £1 million milestone in the last week of 2010 and a turnout of 20,000.
In total, the Olivier Award winning production played to 800,000 fans and grossed over £30 million in 2010, £3 million up on the previous year.
Wicked tickets and Lion King tickets for the West End productions are available through GET ME IN!, Ticketmaster’s online ticketmarket.