The Lion King & Wicked claim West End records
Disney’s The Lion King claims to have grossed over £34 million (an increase of £2 million on the previous year) - the highest annual box office of any show in West End history. It is also the top-selling West End production of the year, seen by over 820,000 people in 2010. In addition, the final week of the year (27 December 2010 to 2 January 2011) also saw the highest weekly attendance and box office gross in the show’s history – with 18,959 people seeing the show across 9 performances. The show celebrated its 11th anniversary in London in October 2010 and is currently the 9th longest-running musical in West End history. Over 9 million people have now seen it at the Lyceum Theatre.
Wicked claimed a new West End Box Office milestone last week (w/c 27 December 2010) grossing £1,002,885, the highest single-week gross in London theatre history. Over 20,000 theatregoers attended the 9 performances. In 2010, the show continued to sustain year-on-year growth at the Box Office, grossing in excess of £30 million (up over £3 million on 2009). Over 800,000 people attended performances across the year. Now in its 5th year, Wicked has played almost 1800 performances, been seen by over 3 million theatregoers and taken in excess of £121 million at the UK Box Office since its West End premiere at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in 2006.