PETER PAN BREAKS BOX OFFICE RECORDS
AT MILTON KEYNES THEATRE
Milton Keynes Theatre tick-tocks its way to a record breaking pantomime season. By the time the last handful of fairy dust had been sprinkled over the auditorium and Bradley Walsh had perfected his pirate walk on Sunday, January 11 more than a record breaking 82,000 people had cheered, booed and applauded their way through 65 performances of Peter Pan.
And what that adds up to, in terms of facts and figures, is a big plus for the whole cast, crew and theatre staff who made the 2014-15 Christmas show the most successful five week panto run in the history of MKT. But what does that actually mean? Prepare yourself.
Imagine a bath tub. Now imagine 84 bath tubs in a row. Now close your eyes and fill each and every one of those bath tubs with… ice cream. That’s 28,458 individual ice creams or 10,000 pints of the deliciously creamy mixture.
If panto is the kind of show where you’re not only allowed to treat yourself but it’s positively encouraged, then the refreshments sold throughout the run certainly reflect that.
Audiences tucked into 900 tubs of pick-n-mix, 800 tubs of candy floss and a whopping 1,900 buckets of popcorn.
To wash all that down, 35,392 drinks were served up including 1,400 cups of slush (yum!) and 4,300 cups of much needed coffee for the grown-ups.
A small town in Lancashire could have been lit up for almost a week if the power of the 9,920 items of flashing merchandise that were sold had been harnessed while you’d need a pair of scales large enough to hoist a Mini or a polar bear aloft against the 8,000 bags (that’s one tonne) of chocolate that was sold.
And finally, if a Labrador puppy ran off with one end of the 162,000 metres of toilet paper that was got through over the 37 performance days, you’d have to chase it all the way to Sheffield. Because that’s over 100 miles of toilet roll!
All in the space of six weeks, twice a day – but that’s the magic of theatre.
Next Christmas at Milton Keynes Theatre join in the fun as Aladdin flies into town on his magic carpet with an all-star cast . Tickets are on sale now at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee)