Playhouse smashes box office records

PUBLISHED: 12:30 22 October 2015

Blood Brothers group shot

Blood Brothers group shot

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BOX office records have been shattered at Weston-super-Mare’s leading theatre this week, following the arrival of top West End show Blood Brothers.

The show opened on Monday and will run until Saturday, with the clamour for tickets already making it the highest-grossing week in the High Street venue’s history.

It is the second time the record has been broken in a matter of months, after the July run of The Mousetrap saw sales pass the £100,000 mark, as 4,315 tickets were sold.

That topped a theatre record which had stood for 69 years.

The Mousetrap marked the first time The Playhouse had hosted a West End show, but a deal was then done for Bill Kenwright’s production of Blood Brothers to follow.

At the end of last week, Playhouse management announced the show had already broken the record set earlier this year, with sales expected to pass £150,000 for the first time.

The Playhouse’s general manager Mark Thompson said: “Once again we’re truly overwhelmed with the success of Blood Brothers and are all extremely excited with the pending arrival of what is one of musical theatre’s masterpieces.

“Blood Brothers is a fantastic production and the thousands of people attending the show this week will experience the emotional rollercoaster of a show in all its glory.”

Blood Brothers is the largest production to have been staged at The Playhouse and the venue has been preparing for its arrival for nearly six months.

Road closures have been put in place due to the scale of the production and the increased transport requirements.

Mr Thompson said: “It really is our biggest challenge to date and I’m sure many lessons will be learned over the coming week.

“The venue has been stripped back to the bare walls to ensure the set fits within our intimate environment and weeks of preparation have taken place to ensure a smooth transition.

“Hopefully this will take us to the next stage and pave the way for more exciting announcements in the future.”

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