The Box Office Data Report 2004 states that there were 12,016,233 visits to the theatre. That marks a 3.7 percent rise from 2003, although 2002’s 12,064,100 is the only year to have beaten 2004. According to a summary on the SOLT website, attendances peaked in early June. And, there’s also cheering news for those who accuse London theatre of all-but-ignoring new plays — in fact, 41.4 percent of plays in featured theatres were for new writing. The year featured such acclaimed new works as Michael Frayn’s Democracy and the Almeida’s Festen.
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