The smash-hit success of the play War Horse has helped the National Theatre, South Bank, reach its highest attendance record for seven years.
War Horse at The National
The theatre published its annual report for 2008/09, which showed that its box office reached 93% capacity, with 817,000 paid attendees, the highest total attendance in the last seven years. The theatre staged 25 productions in the year, of which 17 were new.
It achieved a £456,000 surplus for the financial year and turnover increased to £55 million. The biggest earner for the year was the First World War story War Horse, which took £2.7 million at the box office and had a 99% capacity.
War Horse in the West End
The National Theatre’s smash hit arrived in London’s West End, playing at the New London Theatre from 28 March 2009.
War Horse is based on the celebrated novel by Michael Morpurgo. The First World War is the backdrop for this exciting tale of bravery, and the extraordinary bond between a young recruit and his horse.