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The top ten selling shows in October

We count down the hottest tickets on WhatsOnStage last month

As we move ever closer to Christmas, the annual gift list preparations have inevitably begun. But what should you get that special someone in your life that loves going to the theatre?

Tickets to a show is always a safe bet, but what show? Take a look below at our Top Ten best selling shows in October to give you an idea of what other people are buying on WhatsOnStage.

10. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

2012: Luke Treadaway in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
© Manuel Harlan

The multi award-winning show adapted from Mark Haddon's novel (also multi award-winning) continues to be a firm favourite.

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9. Cats

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Fresh from her critically acclaimed performance in Memphis, Beverley Knight takes on the iconic role of Grizabella for the return of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical to the London Palladium.

8. Les Miserables

The cast of Les Miserables
© Johan Persson

It may have celebrated thirty years since it's UK premiere last month, but theatre audiences are showing no sign of tiring of Boublil and Schönberg's legendary musical.

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7. Sondheim: Hey, Old Friends!

It may have only been on for one night but Stephen Sondheim proved as popular as ever as tickets for the gala in honour of his 85th Birthday flew out the door.

6. Hangmen

Hanging out: Graeme Hawley (Bill), David Morrissey (Harry), Reece Shearsmith (Syd), Simon Rouse (Arthur) and Ryan Pope (Charlie) in Hangmen
© Simon Annand

Martin McDonagh's play, his first in London since The Pillowman in 2003, opened to rave reviews at the Royal Court and has subsequently announced a West End transfer.

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5. War Horse

Theatregoers across the UK have been galloping to the box office for a final chance to see the National Theatre production of War Horse, following the news that the adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's book will close in March next year.

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4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Jonathan Slinger as Willy Wonka and the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
© Matt Crockett

It's always among our top selling shows of the month but half term and National Chocolate Week would have both helped boost this family favourite last month.

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3. Sunset Boulevard

It's 1993, Glenn Close has just won the Tony Award for her performance in Sunset Boulevard. Fast forward 22 years and she's about to make her London stage debut in the same role. Understandably, people are excited.

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2. Gypsy

Imelda Staunton in Gypsy
© Johan Persson

Even with the recent announcement that Jonathan Kent's production will be streamed on TV over Christmas, demand for tickets to see Imelda Staunton in a 'career defining performance' has barely subsided since it opened in March this year. Not seen it? Hurry, you only have three weeks left!

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1. Book of Mormon

From the makers of South Park, this 'hysterical' musical tops the charts this month, partly due to a 'no-booking-fee' offer, but mostly just because it's so damn good. Hello!

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