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Fun Theatre Facts About London’s West End

It’s hard to believe that theatre tickets for Les Miserables have been sold for 25 years, but theatre lovers everywhere will this year celebrate a quarter of a century of the West End’s longest-running musical. To acknowledge this fact, here are some other little-known, fun theatre facts...

Box office successes...
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been a box office hit since its first performance in 1952. It steals the crown for the longest-running show and has set a world record with a staggering 25,000 performances. It's still going strong!

On the flop side...
While Les Miserables sees theatre tickets sell like proverbial hot cakes, one West End musical that didn’t fare too well was Carrie the Musical back in 1988. The show received a mountain of bad reviews and closed after just 16 previews and five performances.

From silver screen to stage...
Stage adaptations of top films are proving pretty successful in Theatreland. Shrek the Musical, featuring Amanda Holden and Richard Blackwood, is rumoured to be hitting the West End, as is Matilda the Musical and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The Musical. What’s more, the stage adaptation of Dirty Dancing opened in 2006 with advance ticket sales of £12 million!

Personal fortunes amassed...
Since Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s venture into the world of reality TV in shows like Over The Rainbow, the demand for theatre tickets has soared. Audience numbers have increased by well over one million since Lloyd Webber's new cast members began appearing on stage. Lee Mead took the lead in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, while Connie Fisher starred in The Sound of Music. Jodie Prenger filled the lead role in Oliver! and Danielle Hope most recently took the lead role in The Wizard of Oz. Theatreland has treated Lloyd Webber well and this year he was listed as the third-richest music millionaire in Britain. He beats Simon Cowell, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney with a personal fortune of £700 million.

Everyone likes a bit of controversy...
Theatre tickets for the highly controversial rock musical Hair were in huge demand when it arrived in the West End in 1968, and more recently shows such as Equus - in which Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe starred - and Jerry Springer the Musical attracted notoriety for nudity and profanity respectively.

Celebs are getting in on the act, quite literally...
West End appearances by well-known celebs attract theatre-goers in their thousands. Whoopi Goldberg is appearing in Sister Act alongside former Blue star Simon Webbe until the end of August, while teen heartthrob Nick Jonas has taken to the stage in Les Miserables alongside X Factor contender Lucy Jones.

Spooky goings-on...
Ghost hunters can head down to London’s West End to check out spooky goings on. It's a pretty superstitious place and rumours of ghostly happenings at a number of theatres are widespread. The famous 19th century clown Joe Grimaldi is said to stalk the corridors of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, while a gay ghost is thought to have made the Queen’s Theatre its home. There’s no business like show business, as they say!

 

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