It’s not just students who can enjoy discounted theatre tickets. There are a number of concessionary priced tickets available depending on your place of work, age and even employment status. Be sure to ask at the box office when you book, or visit the websites below to ensure you get the best value for money.
If you are a fellow actor and enjoy going to the theatre to sniff out the competition you can now do so at a discounted rate. Many productions now offer discounts for Equity members. Discounts vary depending on the type of show, and some will only reduce tickets as part of the RUSH tickets. Make sure you bring along your Equity card as proof of membership when buying or collecting your tickets. For full details, or to join Equity, visit their official website: http://www.equity.org.uk/home/
Unemployed people and those claiming Job Seekers Allowance are also entitled to discounted tickets in a number of West End theatres. Sometimes this is operated along the same lines as student tickets, but if you are booking in advance be sure to give the box office your entitlement details.
The Society of London Theatre run a number of different Access Schemes for audience members with disabilities. Visiting their website will give you specific booking lines for disabled access, which are often priced at discounted rates. Some theatres allow a carer to see the performance for free, making London theatre accessible for everyone. Shows often hold special matinees or performances for people with learning disabilities, as well as specific audio described performances, often at a discounted rate. Check out the Access section of SOLT’s website to download the up to date information: http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/access/
Workers for the National Health Service can often get discounted and free tickets at specific times throughout the year. Producers often allocate a number of tickets for new shows to public service workers, alongside regular discounts on the NHS Discounts website: http://www.nhsdiscounts.com/
Tickets for Troops
Another way to get free tickets is by becoming a British troop! This may seem like an extreme measure just to get free theatre tickets, but if you are already a troop, then Tickets for Troops offers 5 ticket orders every 2 years for all serving personnel of HM Forces as well as veterans who have been medically discharged since the commencement of military action in Afghanistan in 2001. http://www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk/
Shape Arts develops opportunities for disabled artists as well as running a number of services to allow theatre in London to be more accessible to disabled patrons. They often run schemes to offer cheap tickets to disabled audience members through Shape Tickets. Please visit their website at: http://www.shapearts.org.uk/archive/projects/shape-tickets-.aspx