Cheap and last minute theatre tickets in London
Brilliant discount theatre tickets and how to get them
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Terrified at the prices of theatre tickets in London? Worried that you can't get tickets to a sold out play or musical? Or just a fan of a good discount? The top prices in the West End can be daunting, but cheap theatre tickets abound in London… if you know how to get them. Here are Time Out’s tips on where to find them, as well as the best ways to score last minute tickets to sold out shows.
Where to buy cheap theatre tickets
• Discount websites like timeout.com/tickets and lastminute are a good start for finding substantial discounts to shows in the West End proper and a few larger theatres elsewhere.
• Also try the reliable non-profit Leicester Square ticket booth, aka tkts. Located since 1980 in Leicester Square's Clocktower Building, with a second outlet at Brent Cross, it's run by the Society of London Theatre and is several cuts above other, unofficial touts in the vicinity.
• Finally, remember that from the fringe to the West End, virtually every show will have reduced price previews prior to opening night. However, bear in mind that the production will technically still be a work-in-progress.
How to get cheap theatre tickets for...
Unless the show is hot or the run is short, you can shop around for discounted West End tickets
Look away from the West End – London's major theatres offer in-house discounts and cheap tickets
Off-West End theatres have some of the most exciting theatre, and tickets are cheaper too
London's fringe theatre scene is not only vibrant, it's also affordable - here's how to snap up those tickets
War Horse 8th August 2013. We queued at 9.15 am to buy 2 tickets at 10am for £24 in total. Thank you Time Out ! We had seats in row A of the stalls . I guess seeing the show close up has its advantages and disadvantages. However I was blown away by the whole performance! I have been known to fall asleep in the front row of a West End musicals, and I am not a big horse fan or historian. But this show kept me enthralled from beginning to end. It pulls on your heart strings from the opening scene. The play itself is incredibly emotional and evokes empathy with both human and animal emotions. It cleverly explores the bonds between family members as well as animals and humans. Not forgetting the too often forgotten impact that war has, and has had on communities and families. The puppets and puppeteers are incredible, bringing life as well as emotion to beautifully created puppets. The lighting and projections add powerful imagery as well as creating an outstanding backdrop. The actors and puppets were beautifully lit. A truly wonderful experience, thoroughly recommend it!
The A Night Less Ordinary government scheme has now ended, but a lot of london theatre are still offering cheap tickets for under 25s and young people. You can find out more about it at http://www.cheapwestendtickets.com/index.html#under25
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please how can I get this theater free ticket from Nigeria. I am Theater Arts student in University of Ibadan Nigeria. Thanks for been there
I think this is a great idea I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the theater however it can sometimes be a bit over priced. The only thing i wish was that there was a list of all the theatre's taking part as it would help greatly
Time Out says "The governmentâ€™s free tickets scheme for 15- to 26-year-olds launched on February 16 and free tickets are up for grabs at several London theatres." www.anightlessordinary.org.uk says "Any person aged 25 or below, i.e. under (and not including) 26, can obtain tickets." Does this scheme include 26 year olds?
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