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Hampstead Theatre enjoys golden year as box office takings surpass £2million

PUBLISHED: 08:10 01 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:48 01 November 2013

The theatre scored a major hit with The Judas Kiss starring Rupert Everett. Picture: Manuel Harlan

The theatre scored a major hit with The Judas Kiss starring Rupert Everett. Picture: Manuel Harlan

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Box office takings nearly doubled as Hampstead Theatre enjoyed a stellar 12 months, its latest annual report has revealed.

The renowned theatre, in Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, saw box office income shoot from £1.1million in 2011/2012 to nearly £2.2million in 2012/2013, underpinned by a 35 per cent boost in ticket sales.

Some 106,214 tickets were sold for 552 performances, with average attendance up to 98 per cent in the main auditorium.

Artistic director Edward Hall and executive producer Greg Ripley-Duggan write in the report: “The year represents an extraordinary landmark in the 54-year history of Hampstead Theatre.”

Hit productions included The Judas Kiss, which starred Rupert Everett and made a successful transfer to the West End, and Chariots of Fire, which also became a West End hit.

The theatre has bounced back from a series of setbacks, including a £20,000 hike in business rates and the loss of a Camden Council grant worth £74,000 at the beginning of the financial year.

It has also seen cuts in Arts Council funding in recent years, although the theatre still received £869,567 from the body during 2012/2013.

Artistic director Mr Hall took the helm in 2010 and has driven a sustained rise in popularity.


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