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WMC sells 230,000 tickets     

The flagship £106 million Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) arts centre has sold 230,000 tickets since it opened in November, chief executive Judith Isherwood said today.

More than 130,000 people had attended performances in the1,900-capacity Donald Gordon theatre, she said.

The Centre, based opposite the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff Bay, is home to a series of arts organisations, including the Welsh National Opera (WNO) and youth movement Urdd Gobaith Cymru.

Mr Gordon, who donated £10 million to the construction of the site, was knighted in last week's Birthday Honours List.

Ms Isherwood, formerly acting chief executive of the Sydney Opera House, also said the WNO had sold 97% of the tickets for its shows, while 54,000 tickets had been sold for the current performance of Miss Saigon.

She said 56% of this year's fundraising target had already been met.

She told the Assembly's Culture Committee: "We've got the diversity right, our focus is to attract people to see these shows.

"With that diversity of programming and with the success of the
building itself, I think we are showing great success in achieving the
critical acclaim that the centre quite rightly deserves, and that in turn is
putting both Wales and the centre on the cultural map, both nationally and

The WMC should continue to compete with international venues such as
the Sydney Opera House rather than with regional theatres, she said.
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