Tickets & Offers

Theatre is too expensive. 

It’s something I’ve heard all too often, and if you don’t know where to look, it can be true. However, there are so many ways around it, and I want people to be able to go to the theatre without breaking the bank.

The aim of this list is to point you in the direction of tickets for West End and Off West End productions. Many ticket vendors advertise ‘no booking fee’ but charge an inflated price, for example, so this is a guide to where to look for tickets. Obviously, Upper Circle therefore take no responsibility for the bookings you make with individual vendors. This page contains affiliate links, however we still only publicise what we believe to be the ‘best deals’ for our readers, here. 

Some general points:

  • If you want the latest deals and offers as they go live, make sure you join this facebook group where people share the best deals they can find for lots of different shows in London!
  • Day Seats refers to tickets which you can purchase in person at the box office on the day of the performance, at a reduced price. They are limited to 2 per person unless it is stated otherwise. Look at this table if you want information on specific shows, and when you’re likely to need to queue from, etc.
  • The ‘Box Office’ refers to the box office at the theatre, not any website which may have ‘box office’ in their URL.
  • ‘Kids Week’ is pretty unbeatable if you have children, and want to go to the theatre in August. Misleading name as it actually runs for a month. Buy a full price ticket, and a child goes free. Tickets go on sale in June.
  • Another tip is to use Zeek, or eBay, where you can buy Theatre Tokens at a discounted price – if you’re going to the box office to buy day seats anyway, and you know in advance, you can buy theatre tokens. Get £3 off your already discounted order on Zeek with this link.
  • TodayTix often have a £3 transaction fee per ticket, but it’s included in the price that you see on their home page, so there are no surprises. The shows which advertise a % off are usually reduced enough to make them significantly cheaper than going direct to the box office.
  • The TKTS booth in Leicester Square sell tickets on the day/the day before a performance, and advertise their discounts here, which is always worth checking. They are very clear and up front with their discounts which is really helpful.

42nd Street (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane)

On The Day: 

Their £15 Day Seats are the best value tickets, let alone Day Seats, that I have EVER seen or bought. They are just brilliant if you’re willing to queue. Pay with Cash, with a Card, or with Theatre Tokens.

If you don’t want to queue in the cold, there are £25 Rush Tickets available on TodayTix.


Aladdin (Prince Edward Theatre)

A Lottery is available weekly, from 11am Monday until 11am Tuesday, online, giving participants the chance to win £25 tickets for the following week.

On The Day
An unspecified number of £25 tickets are available on the day of the performance.


Bat Out Of Hell (Dominion)

Can sometimes be found on Central Tickets

On The Day: 

TodayTix have £25 Rush Tickets


The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales)

On The Day: 

Lottery Tickets in Person are available for The Book Of Mormon. Arrive at the theatre between 5 and 5:30 (the draw is at 5:30), enter for either 1 or 2 tickets, and watch the tombola decide your fate!


The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

Nothing Currently


Company

Day seats are £25 at the box office from 10am.

Rush tickets are £25 from TodayTix, but you have to be really quick to get them at the moment.


Dreamgirls (Savoy)

Official Box Office have tickets starting from £20.
Todaytix have had discounted tickets for a while, from £15.

On The Day
TodayTix run a lottery for £15 tickets from 10am – 3:30pm 
Dayseats are available from the box office, £20 each, Monday to Friday only.

Read my review here


Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Apollo)

Contains strong language.

On The Day
Dayseats available at the box office discression at £25. They will also offer £20 tickets usually, but these are for the very front row, where the view is horrendous. The stage is really high, so it makes it difficult to see anything. The £25 seats seem to be best available in the rest of the theatre.

TodayTix have a lottery selling tickets for £20 – again, are for the very front row where the view is awful.


Hamilton (Victoria Palace)

Absolutely no chance of getting a good ‘deal’. Their seats start from £20 but there currently aren’t any available, so in practice they start at £37.50.

Beware – sites like Viagogo have been caught selling tickets but the tickets are fraudulent and won’t be valid – Hamilton are operating a paperless ticketing system requiring patrons to provide ID, and the original payment card used, to the theatre on the day of the performance for which they have booked.

On The Day
Hamilton are running a ticket lottery where you can enter to get up to two £10 tickets. They’re not guaranteed to be together, but the jury is out on whether that is actually a problem. Download the ‘Hamilton’ app, scroll across to ‘London’ and enter the lottery from 2 days before each performance.


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace)

The Friday Forty is a weekly lottery, click the link to find out more about how to enter – you’ll be placed in a queue, and then people are selected at random to be able to buy a maximum of 2 tickets. The tickets are £20 each, so £40 to see both parts of the play.


Kinky Boots (Adelphi)

On the day
TodayTix run the lottery for Kinky Boots. Enter between 10am and 3:30pm for an evening performance, before 10:30am for a matinee. Enter for either 1 or 2 tickets, and pay for them within an hour if you win (winners usually notified between 3:30pm and 4pm)
Day Seats are available from the box office in person from 10:30am every morning, subject to availability. Usually Stalls Row A (you will have to look up!) and other available seats at the discretion of the box office.


Les Miserables (Queens)

Good Luck. You know how it is, supply and demand. Right now, Les mis don’t need to sell tickets any cheaper than they do because they could probably sell tickets however much they cost.

Direct from the box office is usually your best option in this case.

That said, Todaytix is worth a try – I’m sure I’ve seen some under the £30 mark, but make sure to check that against box office price depending on which area you’re looking to sit in.


The Lion King (Lyceum)

On The Day
An unspecified number of £25 tickets available from the Box Office at 10am, which, what a treat, are now SEATS rather than standing tickets, which they were a while back.


Mamma Mia (Novello)

Direct from the Box Office is almost always best.


Matilda (Cambridge)

On The Day:
Age 16-25

This one is good if you’re willing to queue. 16 £5 tickets are available from the box office at 10am each morning. They’re not the best seats in the house – rows G to K in the upper circle, and they’re considered ‘restricted view’, but you definitely can’t complain for £5. Plus, the show is fantastic. Unlike other day seats though, these are limited to 1 per person.


Motown (Shaftesbury)

TodayTix often sell tickets from £22.50, but be careful to check that against box office price.
On The Day:
Day Seats are £20 Monday to Thursday, £25 Friday and Saturday, direct from the Box Office.
TodayTix also have £25 Rush Tickets 


The Mousetrap (St Martin’s Theatre)

On The Day:
16 dayseat tickets available for £27.50 (£28.50 Saturday) from the box office.


The Phantom Of The Opera (Her Majesty’s)

On The Day
For Thursday matinee performances – £25 day seats available at the box office from 10am.
For other performances – from my experience, the box office are helpful. There are some £26.50 tickets in row D of the upper circle from which the view is absolutely fine.

Read our review here


The Play That Goes Wrong (Duchess)

Nothing Currently

Read our review here


School of Rock

On The Day
An unspecified number of £20 tickets are available from the box office at 10am. They’ll sell you the ‘best available’ for the day and the Dayseat queue isn’t usually very extensive.


Thriller (Lyric)

TodayTix discount periodically – currently you can save up to 49% on ticket prices.


Wicked (Apollo Victoria)

TodayTix discount their tickets and waive booking fees etc quite regularly, meaning they can be starting at £19.50 – as always, check against the box office for the area you’re wanting to sit in.

On The Day
An infamous day seat queue – where people have been known to camp overnight to ensure that they are first in line.

Day seats are available at the box office from 10am, priced at £29.50. There are 24 seats in the front row of the stalls.
You could quite easily arrive at 7am and not be first, or arrive at 7am and see no one else arrive until 8:30. Obviously it’s slightly dependent on time of year, holiday periods and weekends, but it’s also pot luck.
On important dates – including cast change – Dayseats are limited to one ticket per person.

Read my review here


The Woman In Black (Fortune)

TodayTix currently have up to 40% off some tickets.


These offers are updated as often as possible as and when I receive them. TodayTix is mentioned a lot here and their links are mostly affiliate links as stated above, however I still only publish the best deals here, and don’t ever publish an affiliate link for a more expensive equivalent ticket in place of sharing information on the best bargain! 

Venue Specific Offers 

Southwark Playhouse – Pay As You Go scheme – Where £60 gets you a ticket for 5 productions of your choice – making it £12 per show.

Regents Park Open Air Theatre – for 18-25 year olds.

Young Vic – The Season Saver means you receive 20% off if you book 3 shows at a time. There is also the Lucky Dip – £10 tickets but without the ability to choose your specific seat, and £5 Previews with TodayTix.

Arcola Theatre – The Passport Scheme allows you to save money on lots of tickets, but make sure you’ll use the other benefits to or you won’t quite make your money back on just the tickets.