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London's theatres in 'golden period', says study

Published on Aug 1, 2014 5:54 AM
The cast performs during a photocall for a new production of "Miss Saigon" at the Prince Edward Theatre in London on May 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - London's theatre scene is experiencing a "golden period", better attended than Premier League football and taking more at the box office than cinema in the capital, a report said on Thursday.

"We believe this makes London the biggest theatre city in the world," said a report by the Society of London Theatre and the National Theatre.

More than 22 million people attended theatre performances in the city during the 2012-2013 season, an increase of 5.5 per cent from a year earlier, the survey found.

That beats the nearly 14 million who attended Premier League matches last year.

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