London's Theater Scene Thrived in 2011

London theaters had a strong year in 2011 despite the struggling British economy, the Associated Press is reporting.

Figures released on Tuesday show box office sales of $849 million in the last year, a 3.1 percent increase from 2010.

The number of individual visits was down slightly, to just under 14 million, but those who did attend paid more.

Industry group the Society of London Theatre, which compiled data from 52 venues, attributed the decline to some venues temporarily closing while new shows were set up. It said long-running shows like Les Miserables and new hits like One Man, Two Guvnors (which will be coming to Broadway in the spring) helped revenues rise for an eighth year.

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