in London doesn't have to be expensive.
teams up with Time
Out London to let
you in on the money-saving secrets
that up until now only British women
knew about. Have fun!
Half-Price Ticket Booth in
Leicester Square has a number of
cheap tickets for most West End
shows. These are sold on a first-come,
first-serve basis (cash only).(Leicester
performances are much cheaper than
evenings but in some instances understudies
replace the stars. Seats for Mon.
- Thurs. evening performances in
the West End are uniformly cheaper
than Friday or Saturday nights.
for a restricted-view seat in the
stalls (not all theatres have them),
then move to a better seat when
the lights go down. This is only
possible when the show isn't sold
cheapest seats are usually in the
'gods' at the top of the theatre,
but you'll need a pair of binoculars
to see the show.
tickets direct from the box office
to save on credit card charges,
telephone booking fees (usually
10%) and agency commissions.
to previews of West End and Off-West
End shows. The tickets are considerably
cheaper if the critics haven't had
a chance to pan the show yet.
National Theatre sells a number
of tickets for shows on the day
from 10am at the box office: 40
for the Olivier; 40 for the
Lyttelton; 20 for the Cottesloe.
Queues start at 8am for the popular
theatres have reduced-price ticket
nights: at BAC there's a
'pay what you want night' on Tuesdays;
at the Royal Court all tickets
are �5 on Monday nights; and the
Theatre Royal Stratford East
has the lowest concessionary rates
for students, seniors and the unemployed.
There's also a Student Standby
Theatre Line (0171 379 8900),
open after 2 pm, which advises on
theatres, like the RSC, the
Donmar and the National
, sell standing room tickets
at vastly reduced prices. It's well
worth enquiring about these if the
show is either sold out or you're
out for special offers in the back
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thank the folks at Time Out Magazine
for providing JW with this information.