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Off-West End theatre ticket offers
Off-West End theatres are London's independent commissioning houses and offer some of its most exciting theatre, especially in terms of new writing. Tickets are cheaper than the West End too: expect to pay £15-£30.
All Off-West End venues offer discounts for those with concessions (generally students, jobseekers and senior citizens, but check with the venue), plus:
Well-groomed and with a rather chic bar, the Almeida Theatre turns out thoughtfully crafted theatre for grown-ups. Under-30s can purchase £15 tickets for opening week performances.
- Almeida St, N1 1TA
New, smart writing is what you'll find at the rather far-flung Arcola. Pay-What-You-Can tickets for those buying in person on a Tuesday. Any price is accepted, though £5 tends to be the suggested donation.
- 24 Ashwin St, E8 3DL
The forward-thinking Battersea Arts Centre, which inhabits the old Battersea Town Hall, has become synonymous with experimental theatre. Pay-What-You-Can tickets for those buying in person on a Tuesday. Any price is accepted, though £5 tends to be the suggested donation.
- Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN
Donmar Warehouse's combination of artistic integrity and intimate space is hard to resist, which is perhaps why so many film actors have returned to their roots on stage here. Two thirds of front row tickets go on sale at £10 each, two weeks before performance date, and can be booked online or in person. Ten day seats available in person to every performance from 10.30am each day. Standing tickets are then released. No concessions.
- 41 Earlham St, WC2H 9LX
A doll's house of a theatre, with rickety wooden chairs as seats, the Gate devotes itself almost exclusively to foreign drama, often in specially commissioned new translations, and an increasing number of dance theatre works. £10 tickets are available for Saturday matinees.
- 11 Pembridge Rd, W11 3HQ
It's new writing, not just new playwrights, that float Hampstead Theatre's boat. Emerging and established writers can both find a platform for fresh material here, while audiences are promised choice cuts of contemporary theatre. Discounted tickets for the under-26.
- Eton Avenue, NW3 3EX
Expect a combination of risqué material, monologues, improv pieces and comedy. People who live or work in Hammersmith are entitled to two free tickets to the first night of every production and can claim them by simply turning up with proof of address. Under-30s pay £15 on Saturdays.
- King St, W6 0QL
This theatre attracts a younger, hipper crowd than most, and brings on aspiring writers and youth theatre companies. Productions tend to be quite issue-heavy, but the occasional left-field promenade work and a strong comedy line-up add a daring sparkle. Discounted tickets for under-26s.
- 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
Best known for its socially conscious theatre, the passionate and political Tricycle consistently finds original ways to tackle difficult subjects. No standard concessions, but students pay £8.50 on Wednesday evening, seniors £9 Thursday evening and matinees. Tuesday evening and Saturday matinees are Pay-What-You-Can.
- 269 Kilburn High Rd, NW6 7JR
With more verve and youthful nerve than the grown-up Old Vic down the road, the Young Vic attracts a discerning, slightly younger and more multicultural crowd. There are a limited number of £10 advance purchase tickets for every show, available to students and under-25s.
- 66 The Cut, SE1 8LZ