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Record numbers flock to West End

Grease is one of the most popular West End musicalsLondon’s theatres enjoyed their most successful year on record in 2007 raking in almost £470 million at the box office, according to the annual report of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT).

The report said there were around 13.6 million visitors, a ten per cent increase compared to 2006.

Two-thirds of tickets sold were for musicals, with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Grease doing particularly well.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Charles Spencer said: "With a rich tradition that goes back to Shakespeare and so many outstanding actors, directors and designers, theatre is one of the few things [Britain] does incomparably better than anyone else and London is undoubtedly the theatre capital of the world."

According to SOLT, this upturn was also boosted by a number of big musicals that opened at the end of 2006, like Wicked, Spamalot and The Sound of Music.

These were joined in 2007 by Broadway smash Hairspray, while Macbeth with Patrick Stewart and King Lear starring Sir Ian McKellen were also sold-out successes.

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