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Cheap West End theatre tickets and day-seats

Full price? Don't pay it. Sold out? There'll be a way in. See the best of the West End for less with these day-seat offers and other cheap West End ticket deals

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West End theatre shows can seem expensive and/or impossible to get into, but the trith is there's always a way to get cheap tickets or find a way in to a sold out show you want.

1. Great ticket offers. Unless a show is very hot or the run is short, you should be able to shop around and get discounted tickets to any West End show via third party sellers like our own Time Out theatre tickets service and TKTS

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2. Returns. The faithful old return is very much a thing for sold-out West End shows. Queue up outside any given theatre an hour or two before showtime and returned tickets will be sold, albeit at full price.

3. Day-seats. The open secret of London theatre is that most big shows release excellent day tickets and day-seats on the day of performance, generally at a cheap rate, available in person from the box office only (ie, you might have to get there early and queue).

4. Lotteries. West End theatre shows that don't have day-seats will usually have a ticket lottery that you can enter online. The big one for this is ‘Hamilton’, though it's increasingly common with new shows aiming at a younger audience. 

See below for show-by-show info on day tickets and lotteries in the West End.

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Ongoing West End theatre ticket offers

& Juliet

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre Musicals Shaftesbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue

There are 20 £20 day-seats available from the box office at 10am each day.

The Book of Mormon

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre West End

A daily lottery will offer the winners a chance to buy 20 best stalls seats at £20 each. Entries will be accepted in person at the box office only two and half hours before each performance, and drawn two hours before the performance.

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Hamilton

Theatre Musicals Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Open run

A daily online ticket lottery randomly distributes £10 tickets for the next day's performance. This can be done on the ‘Hamilton’ website or the official app.

If a performance is sold out, £12.50 standing tickets are likely to be available from the box office on the day of performance.

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The Lion King

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre West End Lyceum Theatre, Covent Garden

A limited number of £20 day-seats are available when the box office opens at 10am each morning.

Mamma Mia!

3 out of 5 stars
Theatre Musicals Novello Theatre, Aldwych

A limited number of £20 day-seats are available at the box office from 10am daily.

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‘Mary Poppins’ review

3 out of 5 stars
Theatre Musicals Prince Edward Theatre, Soho

A weekly lottery which you can enter here allows you to win the chance to buy good seats for the following week for £25 each.

Matilda the Musical

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre Musicals Cambridge Theatre, Seven Dials

Sixteen £5 tickets per performance are reserved for 16-25-year-olds. One per person is available on day of performance at box office, from 10am. Bring ID.

For everyone else, there’s a £25 web lottery for shows in the next two weeks that you can enter at http://uk.matildathemusical.com/lottery/

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