Friends are usually asking me how to get ticket deals for London theatre. Ticket prices have been on the rise and if you’re a big fan like me, the cost adds up quite quickly.
I have finally compiled my list of the bst deals out there and am posting it here for all to see. If you have anything you’d like to add, please do so in the comments.
This is an obvious choice, especially if you want to catch a West End show. Tickets here are not extra cheap. You can usually get tickets to a musical for around £25, plays can be cheaper. This is obviously for shows that are not selling out, but you’d be surprised what you can find, especially in low tourist season. Earlier in the week is also better, and theatres tend to release the better seats later in the day. More info: http://www.tkts.co.uk/
National Theatre – £15
Yes, the NT’s ultra-cheap tickets, sponsored by Travelex, have gone up recently (from £12 to £15). Regardless, you are getting some of the best live theatre in the world, so it’s still a fantastic deal. The trouble with these is that they sell out pretty quickly. If you want to get them on a regular basis, you should probably sign up for the NT’s Advance Membership programme (http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/your-visit/booking-information/advance-membership). It currently costs just £15 and you get priority booking. Also, the cheap tix are not available for all shows. You can usually bet the hottest shows won’t be included, but it’s still a steal. More info: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/series/travelex-%C2%A315-tickets-2014
Royal Court £10 Mondays
Another ridiculously good deal on some world-class theatre. The RC makes half of its Monday night tickets available ahead of time (surprise, they sell out instantly). The other half goes on sale at 9am the morning of the performance. As long as you have quick fingers, these babies are yours! Alternatively, you can sign up for their £25 Friends scheme (http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/support-us/become-a-friend/) and get first access to these when they go on sale. More info: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/your-visit/tickets/10-mondays
Donmar Warehouse Barclays Front Row
Add one more Monday deal to the list! The Donmar recently started doing their own £10 Monday night deal, thank you Josie Rourke! The only catch is that you have to book it two weeks in advance, but again, as long as you have fast fingers, it should be easy. Tickets go on sale at 10am Monday mornings for a performance that is 2 weeks away on Monday night. Confusing? You’ll get over it. More info: http://www.donmarwarehouse.com/barclays-front-row
Arcola Theatre PWYC nights – Tuesday
“Pay What You Can” nights are another way to see great theatre on the cheap. You can literally pay zero for these tickets, it’s based on an honour system, but the Arcola suggests £5. Please don’t abuse this great perk, of it will likely go away. There’s a limited number available each night, so get there early. Also, these nights are usually attended by industry peeps.
Old Red Lion PWYC nights – Tuesday
Same deal as Arcola. Available on the evening of the performance. Not available for all shows, so check before you show up.
Theatre503 PWYC nights – Sunday
Less formal than the others, it usually gets announced on Theatre503’s Twitter or Facebook. Keep a look out.
Theatre503 writer’s nights
Theatre503 runs an occasional Writer’s Night. Tickets are £5 and you get the chance to participate in the Rapid Write Response events. These are for playwrights (like myself) and you have to be on the theatre’s mailing list. The aim is to get people to then submit a short play in response to the production you saw. They choose their favoruites and put them up as part of the Rapid Write Response nights. More information here:
There’s another ultra-cheap option, but I’m sworn to secrecy and can’t mention it in public. Drop me a line if you want to find out.
Please leave any more suggestions in the comments below. Thanks!