Making the most of our proximity to London and West End Theatre is a must in my mind. It is one of the many benefits of living so close to Central London.

But it can be ridiculously expensive! You could easily spend £300 on just one theatre trip.

Here are some tips on how to get some great deals and save money on theatre tickets in and around London….

Download the TodayTix App

This app is a must for any theatre lover. You can book tickets for some of the best shows at the best prices for the same day or up to 30 days in advance.

If you are willing to leave it to the last minute, you can try and claim “Rush Tickets” by being poised at 10am on the day and get top price seats for £25. I have seen several shows on this scheme. You may struggle to get 4 tickets but I have got 2 tickets on several productions. Plus you get the added excitement of turning up, claiming your tickets and feeling extremely smug with the seats you have received. I have always got GREAT tickets using this.  

They also do daily lotteries for some key shows. If you are at a loose end (and have childcare covered!?), you can try your luck on trying to get Front Row tickets for as little as £20. I haven’t won yet but I will keep trying. That said, they often then send you an offer if you haven’t been successful. I failed to win a lottery for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie but then got offered Row H of the Stalls for £26.50. Bargain!

Today Tix also often does promotions on particular productions. We bagged ourselves 4 tickets to School of Rock for £60 last year. Our boys loved it!

Image of curtain down at Cinderella panto

Cinderella at the Churchill

Use the Official London Theatre Ticket Booth in Leicester Square

I used to work in Leicester Square so used to use this service a lot! You can get discounted tickets on selected shows by turning up to the booth in person for tickets that day or the following two days but the Official London Theatre website will now tell you what tickets are currently on offer and whether it is worth your time! Personally, I don’t think the deals are good as used to be.  TodayTix often has better deals.

Enter all the Ticket Lotteries

Some productions offer a lottery to win tickets. You get the best seats for as little as £10. The prices vary depending on the production but they are a significant discount on the full price.  A few of the big shows offer a Lottery including Hamilton, Matilda, Aladdin and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  Book of Mormon needs to be done in person 2.5 hours prior to the performance.  And this show is NOT for the kids! The humour is so wrong but so right!

Try Little Bird

We have secured some great discounts on this family focused discount site.

Do your research and see what the official theatre provider is offering first. You will soon realise if the deal is a good one or not! We often secure tickets for some local theatre productions and some of the smaller central London theatres.  I got 62% off Doctor Dolittle at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley.

View of the stage at production of Book of Mormon

Taking our seats for the Book of Mormon

Go early on the day of the performance

If you are willing to take a risk, turn up at the theatre early (when the box office opens) from around 10am.  More theatres are holding back some tickets for sale on the day plus there are always returns. Be warned though – the HOT ticket shows will have queues from around 8am.  If I was doing this with the family, I would be doing this for the not-so-hot productions that have been around for a while. Right now, this would most probably work for a show like Wicked, Aladdin or School of Rock.  They are normally limited to 1 or 2 per person so make Hubby buy the tickets separately! I would recommend using the amazing Theatre Monkey website to get some advice. They actually report how people get on and you get a taste for how early to get there and what you might be offered.  

More details here – scroll down the page and find the production you are thinking about going to.  This one is a risky strategy but could be very rewarding!

Keep it SELKY

If you are living in the SELKY area (South East London and Kent patch!), we are blessed with lots of theatres that offer the traditional productions but also some more quirky productions.

I love the Albany Theatre.  We have been to see lots of productions at this arty little theatre based in the bustling Deptford.  I would particularly recommend their Christmas production on Christmas Eve. Tickets are incredibly reasonable and they often do family discounts. Tickets are as little as £6 and are often cheaper than going to the cinema which is amazing given this is live theatre. Oh – and the café is lush.

Other places include Stratford Circus Arts Centre (also has a fab café!) , Churchill Theatre in Bromley (for the more traditional productions), Greenwich Theatre and Blackheath Halls.

Venture into Kent and there are lots of options. The Woodville in Gravesend has some great shows, the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells, The Orchard Theatre in Dartford, the EM Forster Theatre at Tonbridge School or the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone.

Enjoy your next trip to the Theatre whatever it is!!

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