The Bardette’s Budget Beauties


So you’ve made a new years resolution to see more theatre, but eeek you’re trying to watch the pennies after Christmas and a ticket to see the latest show in the West End seems out of reach.

Fear not, often London theatre has a reputation of being on the pricey side, however I am of the belief that theatre should be accessible for everyone. A trip to watch the latest musical or play doesn’t have to break the bank and here are the Bardette’s budget beauties for a budget friendly experience.

  1. Keep calm, there are always returns. When your favourite shows are sold out, don’t worry, you can often turn up at the box office and grab a returned ticket on the day of the performance- sometimes at a discounted rate. Check the theatre for times as these vary.
  2. Early bird. Many productions have ‘preview’ performances. These tickets are often cheaper and you’ll get to see the production before press! Often the show is still in ‘rehearsal stage’ and things can change before opening night but you’ll still get to see a fabulous production.
  3. Last Minute. Some theatres offer reduced priced tickets on the day of the performance if you’re able to turn up at the box office. A lot of theatre’s are great for doing this, some offering stalls tickets for as little as £10 on the day. Check the theatre for details. Also don’t forget to check out the latest deals at the TKTS Booth in Leicester Square for amazing discounts.
  4. Spot a promo. Quite a few London theatres offer a selection of tickets at a steal of the price. The National has the £15 Travelex scheme ‘thrilling theatre at tiny prices.’ The Royal Court has £10 Mondays and the Donmar Warehouse has the Barclays Front Row for £10. So put a reminder in your calendar and snap these up!
  5. Don’t be too fussy. Everyone knows the cheaper seats are at the back. However there’s no need to worry for plays in smaller theatres. You get great views – wherever. The Young Vic pride themselves on being able to see from every seat- not a single pillar or camera rigging in sight.
  6. Support local. Check out your local theatres and fringe venues, there are some great local companies out there producing some outstanding theatre and prices are a snippet of what you can pay in the West End.
  7. Become a friend. Everyone needs a friend, check out theatre websites for subscriptions and ‘Becoming a Friend’ they’ll often send out discounts to their upcoming shows. You’ll also get priority booking for most performances.
  8. Grab a friend. Why not grab a few mates to go to and see a production? Most theatres offer discounts for groups of 10 or more. Contact the theatre for the latest offers.
  9. 16 – 25? Those lucky enough to fall into this age bracket can enjoy discounted tickets at most theatres. Check their websites for details. Equally the Hampstead Theatre offer discounts up to 30, hurrah!
  10. Invest in comfy shoes. Ok, so you may need to spend a little to begin with but investing in some great comfy shoes means you can take the standing tickets. These can be as little as £5. Just check the performance running times, a 3 hour performance may not be ideal.

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