Don’t pay full price for theatre tickets with these money saving hacks

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Caroline Stronkhorst in Tickets & Entertainment

Last updated: 31 January 2020, 09:15 GMT

Theatre has been at the heart of entertainment and culture for centuries. A more modern phenomenon is the price of tickets that exclude so many people from enjoying the magic of theatre.  

We have put together the best tips that will save you money on theatre tickets so you can have a romantic night out or special family outing.

Freebies

When looking to save money, it is always good to start by looking at what you can get for free. It is really important for production companies that they fill the seats every night for reputation and atmosphere. That is why free ticket schemes are a great starting point.

Audience Club, Central Tickets and Play By Play are all companies that offer this service to theatres and punters alike. Sign up to receive alerts about the seats that you can claim. These schemes are primarily for West End shows only so make sure you are willing and able to get to London at short notice.

Whilst these tickets aren’t paid for, you may need to pay a small admin fee of up to £5 per ticket. This is very much worth it for the standard of the performance being put on but it is worth noting.

Aged 16-30? You can join Masterclass who offer £5 West End tickets and exclusive access to workshops with actors, writers and directors completely free of charge.

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Go To The Globe 

The Globe Theatre on London’s Southbank is steeped in history as part of Shakespeare’s legacy. A must-visit menu for literature and theatre lovers, the Globe Theatre puts on performances to large crowds day-in-day-out.

This theatre has made in to this guide not for its history (although that helps) but for its amazing ticket offer. As long as you are happy to brave the unpredictable British weather then you can get one of the 700 daily tickets that are just £5.

You can book these in-person, online or over the phone. At just £5 you get a slice of history, literature and theatre rolled in to one!

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Kids Week

Throughout August each year, over 150,000 West End tickets become available that allows a child to go free with every paying adult. There is rarely a difference in adult and children pricing so this does make a big difference to a family trip out!

Pick from more than 30 shows and secure the tickets while they last. The savings that you can expect to make are up to £80 per ticket so it is worth planning and setting a reminder for! Sign up on the Official London Theatre Kids Week website. 

If you have children 16 or under in your family, this is a money saving offer for you!



Theatre Ticket Lotteries

Theatre ticket lottery tickets aren’t exactly something you can pick up at your local newsagents! If anything though, many are easier to join. In a theatre lottery, you aren’t paying an entry fee. Instead, you are giving yourself a chance to buy a heavily discounted ticket for an otherwise sold out or very expensive show.

There are a couple of ways of going about doing this. Apps like TodayTix allow you to join a lottery for popular shows in London and beyond with seats from just £15. A more traditional seat lottery is to turn up a couple of hours before a performance, leave your name and hope it gets pulled out of the hat just before the doors close. This takes place at shows such as West End hit, The Book of Mormon.

You can easily find out which performances and theatres run lotteries and how you can get involved online.

Good luck on bagging that cheap seat!

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