Cheap and last minute theatre tickets in London and the West End

Here's how to get cheap theatre tickets, last minute theatre tickets and day-seats for plays and musicals in London and the West End
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The West End has a reputation for being expensive, and the best shows can look like they're sold out. But have no fear: there are cheap theatre tickets to almost every show in London, that can be purchased at the last minute… if you know how to get them.

Here are our tips on where to find them, how to get cheap London theatre tickets, and the best ways to get last minute tickets to sold out London theatre shows.

If you're planning a visit to London and want to combine a show with a hotel stay, check out the best hotels in the West End.

Latest theatre ticket offers

Theatre, Circuses

Circus 1903

icon-location-pin Royal Festival Hall, South Bank
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Up to 44 percent off Circus 1903, featuring some awe-inspiring acts at the Royal Festival Hall.

Briefs, Close Encounters
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Briefs: Close Encounters

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30 percent off tickets to the newest show from the infamous Briefs boys at Christmas in Leicester Square.

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Theatre, Musicals

Kinky Boots

icon-location-pin Adelphi Theatre, Charing Cross
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See the dazzling show for up to 39% less

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Theatre, Drama

The Woman in Black

icon-location-pin Fortune Theatre, Covent Garden
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Get chills and thrills for up to 47% less

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Cheap theatre ticket tips

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West End day-seats and lotteries

You can almost always find cheap and last minute tickets for West End shows if you know where to look.

Most West End shows offer day seats: good, cheap tickets released around 10am for that evening's performance, available in person from the box office only (for popular shows, you'll need to queue).

Some West End shows operate web lotteries instead; the principle is ususally the same as a day-seat, but you enter via an app and ‘winners’ are picked randomly.

 

Adrienne Warren as Tina Turner

Previews

Remember that virtually every show will have previews prior to opening night, when the ticket prices are usually substantially cheaper. Bear in mind that this is because the production technically isn't finished yet, but often the preview period is relatively precautionary.

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Oliver Savile and Emma Hatton in Wicked
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Time Out Offers

There are almost always discounts and offers for West End shows that aren't sold out – try Time Out Tickets and Offers.

Tkts booth, Leicester Square

Tkts

Also try the reliable non-profit Leicester Square ticket booth, aka Tkts. Located in Leicester Square's Clocktower Building since 1980, 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.

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Other major theatres

Step out of the West End and you'll find lots of opportunities for discounted theatre tickets, from the National Theatre to the Royal Court

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