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First comprehensive analysis shows the significance and variety of London theatre

• London has 241 professional theatres with a seating capacity of more than 110,000

• In 2012/13, more than 22 million people attended London theatre performances

• In 2012/13, London theatre took £618.5m at the box office, more than was taken by London cinemas

• Theatres range in size from the 30-seat Lord Stanley Pub to the 3,600-seat Hammersmith Apollo

• At any one time, London’s theatres engage more than 3,000 performers. In addition to this, there are more than 6,500 full-time non-performing staff employed by London theatres, with a further 5,000+ part-time staff and 5,000+ freelance staff

• In 2012/13, the average theatre ticket price paid in London was £27.76. This was down on 2011/12.

The London Theatre Report, the first quantitative analysis of the capital’s multi-faceted theatre ecology, indicates that London is the most significant theatre capital in the world, with a huge variety of types and sizes of theatre across London’s boroughs.

The report has been commissioned by the National Theatre and the Society of London Theatre ‘SOLT’ and is authored by Alistair Smith.

You can find a copy here of the report.