How to get cheap theatre tickets in London

The only way to grab a  bargain and see more of Londons best shows


I am often asked how to get cheap theatre tickets in London ? We normally attend the theatre a few times a month and always try to find some great bargains. From online upfront tickets to last-minute ticket booth deals it can be a bit of a minefield. Find out here how to get last minute theatre tickets, same day theatre tickets, half price musical tickets and also free london tickets with out being ripped off. Make sure you buy from reputable retailers at a good price. So if you would like to know the top tips to see some fantastic shows and the low down on how to get cheap theatre tickets in London read on.


How to get cheap theatre tickets in London


Purchase from the Official London Theatre TKTS booth.


The Official London Theatre booth is located in Leicester Square. This is a non-profit making official booth that works alongside the theatres. Theatres open up their tickets to them directly for you to purchase last-minute. You can view what is available online but you have to purchase directly from the booth in person.
The TKTS booth is open 7 days a week and tickets can also be purchased up to 3 days before a show.

Be prepared to queue especially on a weekend. It is also a good idea to have a few options of what you would like to see. Try to look at what shows are finishing first or which one has the biggest discount and go for those.

I tend to steer clear of smaller unofficial booths around London they tend to be overpriced. I have personally been round to many asking for the same tickets to find they fluctuate and are dearer that direct from the box office’s.


TKTS booth Leicester Square How to get cheap theatre tickets in London


How to purchase tickets from the Official London theatre online

Official London Theatre also do discounts online throughout the year including a New Year Sale. This is a great opportunity to book in advance when tickets are heavily discounted. This really is the only way to get last minute theatre tickets cheap. Official London theatre receive their own allocation of tickets often cheaper than direct from the box office. The sale runs every year from the first of January through to the beginning of February.

Kids go free in August with The Official London theatre.

Kids week has been running every August for the past 20 years. During kids week one child under 16 goes free with every full paying adult.
If you have more children you can buy an extra two children’s tickets at half price. Theatres often put on extra midweek matinee’s to cater for this. See the Official London Theatres website for more details.



TKTS ticket booth Leicester Square London cheap theatre tickets on day


At the box office in person for same day theatre tickets


Certain theatres offer discounts directly from the box office. Some theatres do day seats which are available in person on the morning of the show. Tickets for day seats are limited and you may have to queue, but you could bag yourself a ticket as cheap as £10.
Alternatively if you approach the box office shortly before a show starts some theatres will do a discount for a last-minute seat.

If you have already purchased your tickets you may be able to get your seat upgraded last-minute. Ask at the box office on arrival to the theatre and show them your tickets. We have offered to pay for an upgraded seat before and received a free upgrade.

Not all box offices do discounts on the door but it is always worth asking.


Box office lights How to get cheap theatre tickets in London


What is the best online box office for London theatre tickets?

Directly purchase from the theatre box office online for the best deals.


Many theatres operate a no booking fee so it can be cheaper to book direct with them. Box offices offer many different way to obtain tickets from group bookings to lottery wins, so it is always a good idea to check the shows official box office first.

Ticket prices fluctuate all year round so check back often as ticket price’s often go up and down depending on demand. If you are flexible with dates you can catch some great midweek bargains.

Suit your budget and research the theatre, theatres offer all different prices for different seats. If you take a look at the theatre seat arrangement and capacity you can pretty much work out the best place to sit. In a small theatre a cheaper seat near the back may have a great view, where as in larger theatres it may pay to sit closer to the front.

On other online sites you may pay more for theatre tickets even if it says they are discounted there is normally a booking fee added.


How do I Book a preview at a London theatre?

New musicals coming to the West End have previews you can book these direct with the theatre you are going to. Watch out for new musicals advertised as coming to the West End as the previews sell out before the show officially opens. These first few days are often reduced by as much as £10 or £20. You will be able to grab some great seats at reduced prices and get to see it first!


How do I book a group bookings for a top London Musical?


Many theatres have group bookings which drastically reduce the price for the number of tickets you purchase. By booking a large group of tickets for you and your friends you can get premium seats at almost half price. Contact the box office direct to find out who deals with their bookings. You will get a booking reference to enable you collect money for all of your before paying. Everyone gets a good deal!


School of Rock New London Theatre How to get cheap theatre tickets in London


Win the lottery and get half price theatre tickets


Another way to get cheap theatre tickets in London is the Lottery. Quite a few musical  theatres operate a lottery system where you can enter your email for a show and win your chance to purchase a ticket for as little as £10. There are many variations on this, some offer front row seats, some last-minute rush seats and some a lottery every performance.

Check each individual website for information on how to get last-minute tickets for often sold out shows. Alternatively you can sign up to Todays Tix which is a handy app and website showcasing all of the latest discounts, lottery tickets and rush tickets available.



The playhouse theatre London How to get cheap theatre tickets in London


Grab a free show!

My Box office is a handy website that emails you with last-minute tickets. Get some cheap last-minute or free shows by signing up to My Box Office. Shows may be brand new not advertised as much or maybe have quite a few seats still available. Many venues have special performances, previews or press nights and want to ensure houses are as full as possible. For this reason, many of My Box Office discreet ticket offers will be at very short notice sometimes on the day of the event.


The Vaudeville theatre How to get cheap theatre tickets in London


Reduced rates and events for students

If you are aged between 15 and 29 you can sign up with
Mouse trap organises events each month with last-minute offers and freebies. You could get tickets as cheap as £10!


Theatre royal Drury Lane How to get cheap theatre tickets in London


If you are unsure who to book with Star Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers can give you peace of mind. Check out  Star Society for clear advise on purchasing from reputable retailers.

Thank you for reading How to get cheap theatre tickets in London. I hope I have given you an insight into buying tickets or getting last minute theatre tickets for your favourite show. Your only decision now is which one will you see first?

D x



All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated in any way.



  1. January 20, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    This is such a helpful post Donna. I didn’t know there were so many options for discounted London theatre tickets and it’s right up my street because I do love a bargain!

  2. January 29, 2018 / 9:57 pm

    These are great tips Donna I honestly wouldnt know here to start looking to get a deal x

  3. March 2, 2018 / 11:14 am

    What a fantastic post – it’ll be really really helpful for lots of people. I’ve always been wary of those unofficial booths! But it’s great to know there are many other ways to get hold of cheaper tickets. Thanks for sharing with #CulturedKids

  4. March 2, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    What a useful post! We love Kids Week and have seen lots of amazing shows including The Lion King. My Box Office is new to me, so I’m off to check it out. Thank you for linking up to #CulturedKids

  5. March 9, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    Great guide to getting cheap theatre tickets in London #CulturedKids

  6. March 16, 2018 / 11:13 am

    This is so helpful – thanks for all the wonderful tips! #CulturedKids

  7. April 13, 2018 / 8:25 am

    Thanks for sharing this informational blog. I am amazed to see that there are many websites that offer huge discounts and offers on theatre tickets in London. My friend had visited me last week and asked to book tickets for a Shakespeare’s play. I spent 2 hours buy on various site but nothing worked. At last, my husband somehow managed to book two half-priced tickets for me and my friend through Leicester Square Box Office. Thank God. Now, I will keep in mind all these names for next time last minute theatre bookings.

  8. September 25, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    Thank you for all the infiranatom you have given me with regards to booking tickets defo going to try x

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