London is one of the best places to enjoy the theatre, with several centuries of history shaping its own theatrical past. The city has produced some of the world’s best known playwrights throughout history, including famous names such as William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe, as well as scores of iconic writers in more recent years, such as Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard and many more. And the West End is home to some of the most illustrious and magnificent theatres in the country, producing shows that give you the chance to see the world’s finest acting talent on the stage.
So if you’re planning your London weekend packages, adding a visit to the theatre is an absolute must. The good news is that while this is one of the most popular activities in the city, it doesn’t have to be one of the most expensive. With some careful planning, it’s possible to get your hands on great value tickets for most shows across the city. Read on for some useful ideas to help you find cheap London theatre tickets in time for your next visit.
Book online if you can
One of the best ways to get great value tickets when you’re visiting the theatre in London is to book ahead of your visit, and online. Once you have your dates planned for a trip, make sure you have secured your accommodation at the Hyde Park International London, and then take a browse on theatre websites to find out about ticket prices.
Many of the larger theatres, such as the National Theatre or the Old Vic, will offer a variety of seats at different prices, and the advantage of booking online is that it gives you a quick and easy way to compare what seats are available at each price. Cheaper tickets often sell out quickly, so it’s worth booking as soon as you can, even if it is a few months ahead of your visit. If you leave it to closer to the time, you may miss out on great deals, and shows might even sell out completely.
Look out for special offers and promotions
Theatres in London will often have special initiatives or promotions to encourage people to come to shows, and it’s worth keeping your eye out for deals to help you save.
Voucher sites may often feature discounted tickets for some events – these are especially popular with large theatre shows that run for long periods, such as musicals. They may have cheaper tickets available for dates or times that are less in demand, and give a great value option. With some of the best hotel deals London available right now, it’s an excellent way to have a low cost stay in the city.
Sign up to mailing lists for advance booking information
If you’re keen to get tickets for an extremely high demand show then it’s a good idea to sign up to the mailing list for the particular theatre. In some cases, they may even have a special list just for a specific show. This is often the case with performances that star a major celebrity or leading actor, or for shows that may only run for a very short period. In these cases, you will often find that tickets sell out within days, or even hours of being put up for sale, and audiences are often left having to purchase very expensive tickets from touts or resale sites instead.
Signing up to an advance list will let you know exactly when tickets will go on sale, and help you plan so that you have the best chance to get affordable tickets beforehand.
Queue up at the box office for returns
If you weren’t able to get your hands on a ticket for a must-see show, don’t worry, there’s still a chance of getting in. Most theatre performances will often have a number of cancellations or returns close to a performance time, and you may be able to get tickets by waiting in line at the box office.
It’s best to get in there as early as possible, so head to the theatre after a filing breakfast Hyde Park London, and be prepared to be patient.
Look out for discounts for special groups
Many London theatres have special initiatives and discounts for groups of people that are less likely to attend the theatre normally, especially for young people, students, those who are unemployed or disabled. If you fall into any of these categories, it’s worth taking a look on theatre websites or getting in touch to find out when they have discounts available. You may be able to get some great value tickets to help you enjoy a fantastic theatre experience, and enjoy some of the best London weekend packages.
Some theatres also offer a select number of low cost tickets for previews. These will usually be put on sale a few weeks ahead of preview performances and include fantastic seats. The Old Vic, for instance, is partnered with PwC, to offer discounted tickets for many of their major performances.
Consider the cheap seats
If you don’t mind having a less than perfect view, or don’t need to be in absolute comfort when experiencing the theatre, then you might be able to enjoy some of the best of the capital’s theatre scene, for a fraction of the price.
Many of the bigger theatres in the West End may offer standing tickets, or seats with restricted views, for a much lower cost. While these are often a lot more cheaper, make sure you do some research into the location of the seat first to make sure it will be suitable. Most theatre booking sites will say what kind of restriction there is, for example, reduced leg room, a pillar obstructing your view, or part of the stage not being visible. If there are any issues with the seat once you