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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

Andrzej Lukowski
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Andrzej Lukowski
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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.

If you want to know what musicals are currently or soon to run in London, take a gander at out musicals round-up.

Cheap theatre ticket tips

Even the most famous West End shows don’t always sell every ticket every night. But they’d like to. And this is why you can pick up discount tickets, special offers and cracking little deals more or less across the board. Want to see some of them? Head this way! Time to bag yourself a West End bargain.

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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).

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

Some show release fresh ‘rush tickets’ at a designated time each week, usually for the following week.

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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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