Cheap tickets for West End shows
The first question people usually ask West End Whingers is “Why do you bother going to the theatre when you so obviously don’t really enjoy it?”
The second question is “how do you afford it?”
So here are our top tips for affordable West End outings.
- Check out the special offers on WhatsOnStage.com and LoveTheatre
- Use TKTS, the half price ticket booth on Leicester Square. Their website tells you What’s on sale at TKTS today
- Also take a look at the Official London Theatre website offers
- Check out the tips on TheatreMonkey
- For big blockbuster shows which aren’t likely to have offers, look into getting 10 people together for a group booking. This enabled WEW to see The Sound of Music for £30 instead of £55.
- Ring the theatre and find if they do day seats. West End Whingers sat in the front row of the stalls to see Kathleen Turner in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for £10 simply by turning up at the box office at 10am on the day.
- Previews are sometimes cheaper; if so, go before the opening night.
- Cultivate friends who are nurses and firefighters. Many theatres “dress the house” by offering cheap or even free tickets to “key workers”.
- Cultivate friends “in the business”; they can sometimes get you comps.
- Untried by the Whingers, but some people do well out of subscription services such as The Audience Club or Play-by-Play. These generally involve paying an annual fee which enables you to purchase tickets for certain shows on certain dates at silly prices (usually £2 or £3).