– This page is currently under re-construction due to many changes to tickets and offers available, as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic –
Theatre is too expensive.
It’s something we hear a lot at Upper Circle, but it’s not something we believe has to be the case.
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.
A mini guide:
- 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. The name is misleading as it actually runs for a month. Buy a full price ticket, and a child goes free. Tickets go on sale in June.
- TodayTix often have shows which advertise a % off, so despite TodayTix usually having a £3 transaction fee (included in all prices that you see), they’re 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.
- Where Upper Circle have not yet reviewed a show, the Title Link will take you to the TodayTix page for the show as it’s a really accessible way to read more about productions and find information like location of theatre and running time.
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.