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London arts venues report mixed fortunes during Olympic Games

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London arts venues report mixed fortunes during Olympic Games

Despite the eerily deserted streets of central London, arts and entertainments bosses are reporting very mixed fortunes during the Olympic Games. Some – such as the British Museum, where visitor numbers are down by 25% and some West End theatres down by a third – have seen visitor numbers plunge since the Games started, but others, including the National Theatre, report business as good as last year, with near full houses every night.

During the Olympic Games the National Theatre has enjoyed a feast of sales for Simon Russell Beale in Timon Of Athens, but other London arts venues report mixed fortunes. Photograph: Tristram Kenton

Although box office figures have not yet been compiled, anecdotally many venues report that business is picking up this week as Londoners realise there are bargains to be had, and that travel – after warnings of transport chaos initially scared people into staying home – has so far been easier than before the Olympics.

Terri Paddock, editor of the Whatsonstage website, said many of its posts are reporting empty streets, and theatres are surviving by heavy discounting and last-minute sales. “I live in Lambeth, work in Tottenham Court Road and am walking through the West End throughout the day and evening. I can tell you personally that I have never seen it so quiet during my 20-plus years living in London,” she said.

The British Film Institute is on track for a record month, with the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises is sold out for the next six weeks on its giant Imax screen, and spectacular advance sales at its South Bank cinemas for its season of Hitchcock films.

However, at the British Museum, normally a heaving mass of overseas visitors in August, visitor numbers are down 25% on July and August last year, and there are plenty of tickets available on the day for its main exhibition, Shakespeare: Staging the World, which was expected to be one of the blockbusters of this summer.

“We know this is the general picture from speaking to other venues,” a spokeswoman said. “We’ve deliberately scheduled the Shakespeare exhibition to run on to 25 November, and we’re expecting a very different picture after the Olympics and when the schools go back.”

In stark contrast, at the National Theatre it has been standing room only on many nights for all its shows, with the star attraction, Simon Russell Beale in Timon of Athens – traditionally regarded as one of Shakespeare’s least appealing plays – selling out for almost all shows.

A spokeswoman said most ticket sales are to regulars in London and south-east England, but sales to overseas visitors wandering in on the day are healthy, too, and all the free activities in and around the building on the South Bank are very well attended.

The Society of London Theatres, representing 52 theatres mainly in the West End, said numbers were picking up this week. It says people are recognising there are bargains to be had: business is brisk at the TKTS discount ticket booth in Leicester Square, operated by the society. Ticket sales for the Kids Week promotion, now expanded to the whole of August, which offers free or heavily discounted tickets to under-16s accompanied by a full paying adult, are well ahead of last year – 100,000 tickets have already been sold, compared with 70,000 for the whole promotion last year.

The Tate Modern gallery has been on a roll this summer, with massive publicity for its new Tanks underground space, a string of new exhibition openings, and many of the Festival 2012 events happening around it on the South Bank. However, a spokeswoman said that, although the place is still buzzing, ticket sales are down for the charging exhibitions. Tate Britain has also seen a sharp drop in ticket sales.

At the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, which would normally expect 20,000 people a day and long queues before opening time, staff say they are “still busy, but noticeably quieter”. A spokeswoman added “it makes it a really fantastic time to visit”. The Museum of London also reports numbers well down.

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