Any theatre-loving Londoner will know that keeping up with the West End’s hot tickets can end up costing a pretty penny.
So, we’ve put together a guide on how to get more bang for your buck when it comes to theatre. Less miserable and more Les Misérables.
1. Get organised
If you’re not one for gambling, but still want to secure cheap seats you can book in advance for loads of West End shows with Fever. Just download the app and take advantage of deals on tickets to The Lion King, Wicked, Matilda, Les Misérables, The Book of Mormon, Mamma Mia, Kinky Boots, School of Rock, Dreamgirls and loads more.
2. Take a stand
The good old Globe Theatre has been offering those of us willing to stand throughout the performance ‘groundling’ tickets for just £5 for years, and – thankfully – there’s no sign of that tradition coming to an end anytime soon. You can even swan in twenty minutes before the performance starts and be pretty much guaranteed a decent view.
Alternatively some shows offer standing tickets if you turn up at the right time. It’s a bit of a gamble, but it does occasionally pay off to wander round Theatreland during the day and ask at the box office – try Les Misérables for £12.50 standing tickets at the back of the dress circle.
3. Try your luck
The ‘ticket lottery’ craze has well and truly made its way to the West End, which is very good news for everyone who loves a bargain and has a bit of spare time on their hands. At 5pm you can turn up at The Prince of Wales Theatre to enter a draw for £20 front-row tickets to The Book of Mormon. Every Friday at 1pm 40 tickets for Cursed Child (£40 for two performances) pop-up online. At 11am on Mondays you can enter the lottery to get stalls tickets to Aladdin for £25 online. Hamilton is also expected to release details of a £20 on-the-day lottery and a £37.50 lottery online soon.
4. Don’t waste your youth
The National Theatre cares about the cultural education of young people and they’re making it very cheap for young Londoners to get some theatre in. Certain performances have limited numbers of Travelex tickets priced at £15 and 16-25s can get tickets to any show for £7.50 as part of their Entry Pass scheme. You really have no excuse not to go and see something at those prices!
You can also queue up in the mornings for £15 day tickets (read about those in their FAQs). If all else fails, there’s NT Live – which broadcasts performances live to 800 cinemas across 30 countries – so you can watch from the comfort of your local picture house.
5. Seize the day
Day tickets are available for loads of West End hits: Stomp, The Mousetrap, The Phantom of the Opera, Matilda and An American in Paris all offer good stalls tickets on the day at much reduced prices. You’re best off checking their respective websites for further information on this one though, because every theatre does things slightly differently.
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