Edinburgh Fringe in record ticket sales

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FRINGE chiefs announced its biggest ever box office tally as this year’s extravaganza came to an end.

More than 1.9 million tickets are estimated to have been sold – a five per cent increase on last year.

Street performer Luther Bangert on the Royal Mile

Street performer Luther Bangert on the Royal Mile

The world’s biggest arts festival saw a total of 45,464 performances of 2871 shows at 273 venues across the Capital.

Lower than expected crowds last year were blamed on a clash with the Olympics.

Organisers revealed that 1,943,493 people flocked to shows this year – 3.5 per cent more than the previous highest tally, set two years ago.

Kath M Mainland, chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: “Our loyal and enthusiastic audience has once again been treated to the most amazing cultural experience and has been both challenged and entertained by a programme of spectacular work across all art forms.

“Over the past 25 days, audiences from Edinburgh, Scotland, the rest of the UK and across the globe have been inspired by world-class performers, writers and artists in the largest celebration of art and entertainment in the world.”