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Box Office Data Report

Our annual publication The Box Office Data Report provides detailed information on attendances and audience trends for the previous year, including seasonal variations.

Please note, a Box Office Data Report was not published in 2020 or 2021 due to the pandemic.

Key findings of The Box Office Data Report 2022
  • Attendances of 16,420,068 (up 7.21% from 2019)
  • Gross revenue of £892,896,521 (up 11.6% from 2019) – real (adjusted for inflation since 2019) revenue of £790,022,668 (down 1.1% from 2019)
  • Average ticket price paid £52.17 (£2.21 increase on 2019) – real (adjusted for inflation since 2019) price of £48.11 (down on 2019)
  • Total capacity 20,463,603 (up 7.9% from 2019) – please note that more venues were open with fewer dark weeks in 2022 compared to 2019
  • 19,224 performances (up 4.7% from 2019)

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Longest-running shows in West End History

The top 20 longest-running musicals in West End history
  1. Les Miserables (running since 1985) – over 15,000 performances
  2. The Phantom of the Opera (running since 1986) – over 14,717 performances
  3. Blood Brothers (1988 production, now closed) – 10,013 performances
  4. Mamma Mia! (running since 1999) – over 9667 performances
  5. Cats (1981 production, now closed) – 8949 performances
  6. Disney’s The Lion King (running since 1999) – over 8897 performances
  7. Starlight Express (1984 production, now closed) – 7406 performances
  8. Wicked (running since 2006) – over 6513 performances
  9. Chicago (1997 revival, now closed) – 6187 performances
  10. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (1989 production, now closed) – 5140 performances
  11. We Will Rock You (2002 production, now closed) – 4659 performances
  12. Thriller Live (running since 2009, now closed) – over 4613 performances
  13. Billy Elliot The Musical (2005 production, now closed) – 4566 performances
  14. Matilda The Musical (running since 2011) – over 4354 performances
  15. Miss Saigon (1989 production, now closed) – 4264 performances
  16. Jersey Boys (2008 production, now closed) – 3787 performances
  17. Jesus Christ Superstar (1972 production, now closed) – 3357 performances
  18. Me and My Girl (1985 revival, now closed) – 3303 performances
  19. The Book Of Mormon (running since 2013) – over 3202 performances
  20. Evita (1978 production, now closed) – 2900 performances

Information supplied to Society of London Theatre in September 2023

The top 20 longest-running productions in West End history
  1. The Mousetrap (running since 1952) – over 28,735 performances
  2. Les Miserables (running since 1985) – over 15,000 performances
  3. The Phantom of the Opera (running since 1986) – over 14,717 performances
  4. The Woman in Black (running since 1989, now closed) – over 12,958 performances
  5. Blood Brothers (1988 production, now closed) – 10,013 performances
  6. Mamma Mia! (running since 1999) – over 9667 performances
  7. Cats (1981 production, now closed) – 8949 performances
  8. Disney’s The Lion King (running since 1999) – over 8897 performances
  9. Starlight Express (1984 production, now closed) – 7406 performances
  10. No Sex Please, We’re British (1971 production, now closed) – 6761 performances
  11. Wicked (running since 2006) – over 6513 performances
  12. Stomp (2002 production, now closed) – 6512 performances
  13. Chicago (1997 revival, now closed) – 6187 performances
  14. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (1989 production, now closed) – 5140 performances
  15. We Will Rock You (2002 production, now closed) – 4659 performances
  16. Thriller Live (running since 2009, now closed) – over 4613 performances
  17. Billy Elliot The Musical (2005 production, now closed) – 4566 performances
  18. Matilda The Musical (running since 2011) – over 4354 performances
  19. The Black and White Minstrel Show (1962 production, now closed) – 4344 performances
  20. Miss Saigon (1989 production, now closed) – 4264 performances

Information supplied to Society of London Theatre in September 2023

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