Theatre tickets on a budget

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Happy New Year!

First week back at work can feel pretty blue – no more Quality Street for breakfast, no more lie-ins, the prosecco isn’t free flowing and the lounge has been ransacked of a Christmas tree. However, January doesn’t have to be glum, why not fill it with some dazzly sheer escapism at the theatre.

Last year was pretty extraordinary for the British stage, and this year is already shaping up to be pretty darn fabulous too. So, as you wince checking your bank balance here are some budget beauties that’ll mean you won’t have to break the bank.

Grab a promo. Quite a few London theatres offer a selection of tickets at a steal of the price. Here are a few of the goodies:

  • National Theatre Friday Rush – £20 tickets for the shows in all three theatres for the following week’s performances. Be quick, they’re on sale at 1pm every Friday.
  • Donmar Warehouse – Those Monday Front Row Tickets that just keep on giving. Just £10 to be close to the action. On sale Mondays at 10am.
  • Royal Court – £10 Mondays gem tickets. On sale every Monday at 9am online. Go, go go.
  • Theatre503 – Pay What You Can Saturday Matinees. Perfect weekend viewing.
  • Bush Theatre – Count Me In £10 tickets for EVERY performance. Unreserved and seat allocated on the day by the box office. Cracking.

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.

Early bird. Most 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.

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. Many theatres 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 on the TodayTix app. Download now, it’s an app any theatre lover shouldn’t be without.

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 pretty much get great views – wherever. Use sites such as SeatPlan to help you plan the best seats for your buck.

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.

Become a friend. Aww BIG HUG – 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. WIN.

Gather some mates. 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.

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! Also look out discounts if you are disabled or receiving Job Seekers Allowance at many theatres.

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 as a 3 hour performance may not be ideal – yes I did this for Streetcar. Ouch!

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