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London Theatre - 10 Ways to Pay Less

Theatre-going in London doesn't have to be expensive. Journeywoman Online 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!

  • The 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 Square underground)

  • Matinee 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.

  • Pay 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 out.

  • The 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.

  • Buy tickets direct from the box office to save on credit card charges, telephone booking fees (usually 10%) and agency commissions.

  • Go 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.

  • The 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 shows.

  • Some 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 ticket availability.

  • Many 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 extremely broke.

  • Look out for special offers in the back of Time Out Magazine, a weekly magazine, brimming with info on how to enjoy the city and sold everywhere in London

We thank the folks at Time Out Magazine for providing JW with this information.

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