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Cheap theatre tickets in Sydney

For when you want to see some theatre but don't want to break the bank.

Photograph: Martin Kingsley

A dose of culture doesn't have to bust your budget when you know the hacks and tricks to accessing cheap theatre ticket deals around Sydney.

Bell Shakespeare

Beyond their season ticket options, Bell offer discounted tickets of $35 for under 18s (any performance) and under 30s (Sun-Wed performances only). In addition, tickets to their previews cost just $45 – whatever your age.

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By: Dee Jefferson

Belvoir St Theatre

Belvoir offer a $10 discount per Upstairs theatre ticket for groups of ten or more (making it $58) or a $6 discount per Downstairs theatre ticket for groups of ten or more (making it $42). Plus there are student rush tickets at $39/$25 available for Tuesday and Thursday evening and Saturday matinee shows. You can book these at any time by calling the box office. They are subject to availability. And Belvoir schedules one unwaged performance’ for each of its shows. Check their website for dates and times and if you want to go, get to the Belvoir box office in person from noon on the day of the show and show a Pensioner, Health Care or Veterans’ Affairs Card.

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Surry Hills


Carriageworks cap their ticket prices at $35, which means that within each annual program there are some great bargains on performance and dance. Residents Performance Space, meanwhile, always offer season passes, which are excellent value if you want to catch a handful of diverse shows that run the gamut from re-mounts of successful shows staged elsewhere to experimental new works.

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Ensemble Theatre

There are the usual concessions here – $30 for a fulltime student under 26 years; $38 tickets for people aged 30 and under – and weekday matinees are the cheapest times to go. And recently the Ensemble has announced $25 Last Minute Rush tickets for opening night shows. Email mailboxoffice@ensemble.com.au during the week leading up to opening night and put “LAST MINUTE RUSH” in the subject line along with your name and contact number. At 6pm on opening night, Ensemble will call people on their Last Minute Rush list and offer $25 tickets to the shows.

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Griffin Theatre Company

Griffin Theatre Company are offering tickets at the bargain price of just $20 as part of their Monday Rush promotion. Simply turn up at the box office an hour before each Rush performance to purchase tickets (subject to availability). Get in there early though, as tickets can only be bought on the day, in person, with a limit of two tickets per person.

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Hayes Theatre Co

Sydney's home of independent musical theatre and cabaret offers discounted tickets to anyone who lives in the 2011 postcode, on certain conditions and for certain shows. If you turn up with a valid ID (showing where you live) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, you can purchase unsold tickets to the show that night for $20 (on sale from 30 minutes before the show starts).

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New Theatre

Newtown’s favourite theatrical space has a number of deals for the thrifty culture hound: as well as the usual $27 concessions (from pensioners to MEAA Equity card holders), there’s a student rush deal for $17 tickets. The tickets are available half an hour before the show, are limited to one ticket per customer and subject to availability. Plus, New Theatre has Thrifty Thursdays, where all tickets are $17.

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Opera Australia

Opera Australia offers standing room tickets for only $44, which are sold from 9am on the day of each performance. Tickets are limited, however, and there’s always a queue – so get in early to avoid missing out. They also sell $44 balcony box-restricted view seats from 9am on the day – they’re sometimes known as ‘listening seats’ – and $50 student rush tickets for any remaining available seats from one hour prior to the performance.

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By: Dee Jefferson

Sydney Theatre Company

Sydney Theatre Company have a cheap tix initiative called the Suncorp Twenties, which makes $20 tickets available for every STC performance (excluding opening nights). They also have discounted tickets for under 30s, valid for in-season performances (not applicable on previews/Saturday nights). With the U30 discount, mainstage shows are $64. And no, you can’t cheat the system – all U30 tickets need to be picked up from the box office, with valid proof-of-age.

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By: Dee Jefferson