We’re pleased as punch to have reached a huge milestone: this month we surpassed 10,000 fans on Facebook. We’d like to say thank you to everyone who has liked this page, looked at our pictures, taken part in discussions, entered competitions and been involved in everything that’s happened on the way to 10k.
Here’s a rundown of our top ten social moments from the past year.
Be Prepared: The Lion King Goes on Tour
Now in its 14th year at London’s Lyceum Theatre, Disney’s The Lion King announced its first UK tour this year with dates in Manchester and Bristol. There was unprecedented demand for tickets as fans joined a never-ending queue outside the Bristol Hippodrome Box Office.
Zach Braff Scrubs Up for the West End
Sacred Heart Hospital’s favourite daydreaming doctor brought his new play, All New People, to the West End in February. He came to the office and shook our hands and we all got a bit giggly.
Danny DeVito’s West End Debut
In May, Danny DeVito could be found treading the boards at the Savoy Theatre in Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys. Seeing his West End debut at age 67, said The Times’ Libby Purves, was 'something to tell your grandchildren'.
Ghost Does Gotye
Like the rest of the nation, Mark Evans and Siobhan Dillon (AKA Ghost’s Sam Wheat and Molly Jenson) fell foul of the Gotye earworm. They had no choice but to record their own version. Warning: contains gratuitous male torso.
Torch on the Thames
It was a grey day in Vauxhall, but we weren’t going to let that stop us. We pulled the union flags and bunting out of the Jubilee cupboard, stocked up on British resolve and lined up along the river to see the Olympic Flame pass by the ATG office.
The Royal Court Finds a West End Home
Daley Dives into the Pride Lands
Olympic medallist, national hero and office pin-up, the super streamlined Tom Daley came to the West End in August to hang out with the cast of The Lion King.
There was a lot of fangirl-and-boying happening when news reached us of the planned Spice Girls musical. By the time we attended the launch of Viva Forever! at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, what many of our colleagues wanted (what they really, really wanted) was for us to stop right now, thank you very much. But we didn’t. And we never will.
The Great ATG Bake Off
Craving the approval of Mary Berry (though perhaps grateful to escape the harsh criticisms of Paul Hollywood) the ATG Tickets office set up our very own Bake Off. Not content with simply providing her colleagues with delicious baked goods on a Friday afternoon, Krista Spiced Up the ante with her entry: a Viva Forever!-themed banana bread cream cheese masterpiece.
Relaxed Performance Pilot Scheme
In October ATG announced details of a relaxed performance pilot scheme for the 2012/2013 pantomime season, aimed at families with children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, a learning disability or for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.
Here’s to the next 10,000!