Leicester Curve sees attendances increase by 8%

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Revenue from ticket sales at Leicester's Curve totalled £2.88million in 2011/12, more than double the amount during the theatre's first year in 2008/9.

Figures just released show that more than 180,000 people paid to attend performances between September 2011 and August this year. That is an increase of 8% on the previous 12 months.

Curve chief executive Fiona Allan commented: "We're really pleased that year on year we've been growing ticket sales, given that we opened in a recession.

"We've had a bumper year with some really great musicals, some terrific drama and world premieres.

"It's taken a while for people to connect with Curve. Possibly it took a couple of years to get the balance of the programme right and now we're seeing the audience respond to that."

Curve has had a strong start to the new year with Harvey Weinstein's premiere of Finding Neverland playing to more than 18,000 people and the National Theatre's touring production of One Man, Two Guvnors playing to sell-out houses.

The £61 million building which cost double its original budget opened in 2008 as a replacement for the city's Haymarket Theatre.

Earlier this year Leicester's elected mayor Sir Peter Soulsby described Curve as "the most expensive and most disastrous project this city has ever seen in its history".

Three years previously, the Audit Commission had said the cost of Curve did not represent value for money.

Now the city council is reviewing the cultural and economic impact of three subsidised venues in Leicester: Curve, the digital media centre Phoenix Square and De Montfort Hall.