QUICK TAKES

Associated Press

Londoners are flocking to the theater despite the recession.

The Society of London Theatre reported that more than 7.5 million visits were made to London venues between Jan. 1 and July 18, a 2.5% increase over the same period of 2008.

Most of the tickets sold were for musicals, but almost 2 million were for plays -- an increase of 19%.

Big-name actors have helped draw large audiences to dramatic fare, including Jude Law's "Hamlet" and a production of "Waiting for Godot" with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.

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