Buying tickets to see a London theatre show, whether it’s the hottest new musical or a smaller, unknown play, can often be a rather expensive experience. The high price that you will usually pay may put you off visiting the theatre numerous times in a year, and often you will face the added cost of a train ticket and hotel room if you are travelling from outside of London. However, there are actually several ways to obtain those much sought-after theatre tickets for far cheaper than what you would usually expect to pay. Here, we detail those ways to ensure that you get the cheapest and most rewarding theatre experience possible.
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Bulk Buy – Purchasing theatre tickets with a large group of people or booking for more than one show at a time can save money. Information on how to buy in bulk.
Concessions – Discounted tickets for people working in specific sectors, people with disabilities and senior citizens.
Cheap Seats – Restricted seats are a lot cheaper than top-priced tickets, yet sometimes the view isn’t bad at all. In this section, we have details about buying these tickets to save money.
Last Minute – Purchasing theatre tickets on the day can save you money. Details on how to buy returns and on-the-day tickets.
Matinees and Mid-week Performances – Theatre performances during off-peak times such as in the afternoon and during the week can be a lot cheaper than weekend evening performances by as much as half. Purchasing a matinee ticket will save the £££.
Previews – Seeing a show before its official opening can be a lot cheaper than booking tickets later on in its run. Info on how to purchase preview tickets.
Students/Under 26 – If you are a student or are lucky enough to be under 26, then there are several schemes and ways to obtain cheap (and free!) theatre tickets. Here, we tell you how.
London Theatre Street Tour
Take a tour of London’s theatres with this interactive Google map featuring both conventional map and street views! Click a theatre name to see it’s location and a street view and click/drag the street to move around.
Here are the biggest hits currently playing in the West End: