Comedian Larry David has broken Broadway box office records with his theatre debut Fish In The Dark a week before he steps onto the stage.

The play, written by and starring the Curb Your Enthusiasm actor, doesn't begin previews until 2 February (15), but fans have been rushing to secure their tickets to the new comedy, with some paying as much as $425 (£266) per person.

As a result, advance ticket sales have raked in an impressive $13.5 million (£8.4 million). The high demand beats that of previous record holder, a 2013 revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal, which starred real-life couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz. That production boasted pre-sale figures of $13.05 million (£8.16 million).

Fish in the Dark, which will be directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro and co-star Rosie Perez, will open at the Cort Theater on 5 March (15) for a limited 18-week engagement.