Christmas show sets record

Spamalot served up the Theatre Royal Brighton’s most successful Christmas season ever, breaking the venue’s box office records for a production over a Christmas period.

25,000 people saw the show during its month-long run, with the show often closing to standing ovations.

Howard Panter, joint chief executive of Ambassador Theatre Group, said: “The success of Spamalot heralds a prosperous year for the 200-year-old theatre.

“Ambassador Theatre Group, which owns the theatre, recently announced a new theatre company, Theatre Royal Brighton Productions, which will present high-quality theatre on tour and in the West End. Christopher Luscombe has been appointed artistic director.

“In addition to directing the UK tour of Spamalot, Christopher’s recent credits as director include The Merry Wives of Windsor at Shakespeare’s Globe and When We Are Married in the West End, which received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Revival. Maria Aitken and Philip Franks have been named associate directors.

“Theatre Royal Brighton Productions will present three plays in 2012, with each production opening at Theatre Royal Brighton before going on a nationwide tour and then to London.

“Meanwhile, Theatre Royal Brighton’s Spring season is proving popular with audiences. Sales are particularly strong for the West End and Broadway sensation Legally Blonde The Musical, which visits Brighton for the first time in March. Other season highlights include The King’s Speech, the world premiere of David Seidler’s original play.”