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Cheap and last minute theatre tickets in London

Here's how to grab discount tickets for the best and biggest London theatre shows

© Daniel Allen

Terrified at the prices of theatre tickets in London? Worried that you can't get tickets to a sold out play or the latest musicals? 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.

• Discount websites like Time Out Tickets and Offers 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 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.

• Finally, remember that from fringe theatres 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.

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.

How to get cheap theatre tickets for...

West End shows
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West End shows

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

Other major theatres
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Other major theatres

Step out of the West End and you'll find lots of opportunities for discounted theatre tickets

Off-West End theatres
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Off-West End theatres

Some of London's most innovative theatre can be found at off-West End venues, with cheaper tickets too

Fringe theatres
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Fringe theatres

Fringe venues are a buzzy way to enjoy theatre in London, and the prices are a lot lower

Latest theatre ticket offers

Hamlet

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Wicked

Wicked

Have a wicked time with up to 42% off tickets

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Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots

See the dazzling show for up to 39% less

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The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

See the classic musical for up to 38% less

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