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Disney show breaks Theatre Royal Plymouth box office record

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

By MARTIN FREEMAN @MFreemanHerald

  • The Lion King

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THE Lion King is the biggest-selling show in the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s history, the venue’s bosses have revealed.

The Disney musical spectacular has broken box office records with 66,295 tickets sold.

The 1,300-seater Lyric auditorium has been running at a shade under 100 per cent full.

That makes the savannah saga – which finishes on Saturday, March 15 – the most successful show since the Theatre Royal Plymouth (TRP) opened 32 years ago.

And it means the Plymouth economy has been boosted, according to the TRP’s chief executive, Adrian Vinken.

The city venue is known for regularly pulling in visitors from throughout the South West, but The Lion King has extended the range across the British Isles.

People travelled from as far as Yorkshire, Durham, Scotland and Ireland to see the show.

The economic benefits had been felt far beyond the theatre walls, said Mr Vinken.

“This results in a massive knock-on effect to the city’s economy with many of these visitors eating in the city’s restaurants, visiting the shops and staying in city hotels,” he said.

“A show like The Lion King is a huge driver for the retail sector in general and a wide range of city businesses.”

It has also been a huge driver for ice-cream sales in the theatre – the TRP has sold nearly 25,000 during the run.

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  • moonlight2014  |  March 14 2014, 5:47PM

    Amazing, thoroughly enjoyed it :)

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  • williamshydro  |  March 14 2014, 11:50AM

    Saw it in Houston and again in Melbourne, Go see it it is a fabulous experience.

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