If you’re visiting London and have the time, taking in a show or musical has to be high on your To Do list. The capital has something for all ages and tastes, from hit West End shows and musicals to high-brow plays and leftfield comedies; plus if you’re flexible and know where to look, it’s still possible to get some of the best value tickets in town, no matter how last the minute.
Some tickets are harder to find than the golden ones in the Wonka Bars of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (currently showing at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane)
London Theatre Passport
The Theatre Passport costs £25 per person and is valid for a year from the date of purchase. The Theatre Passport can be exchanged for the best available seats in a selection of participating musicals and plays. Additional shows may be available on the day you exchange your vouchers.
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets at the Encore Tickets Collection Point on the day you wish to go to the theatre (other dates may be available at the discretion of the theatre).
The Redemption Centre is located near Leicester Square at 11a Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EP (opposite Garrick Theatre).
The nearest Underground Station is Leicester Square; only a 5-minute walk from Amba Charing Cross. It’s open from 10am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday and from 10am to 6pm on weekends and Bank Holidays.
Generally, afternoon, mid-week performances are significantly cheaper than at other times. And that gives you the chance to sample some of the West End’s best restaurants and bars after the performance.
Check Out TKTS
The Official London Theatre Ticket Booth is located in Leicester Square and boasts great value theatre tickets to dozens of West End shows. Most famous for its on-the-day deals and half price bargains, TKTS offers tickets to the best shows in London. It’s run by the Society of London Theatre, so any profit made from the theatre tickets you buy goes straight back into supporting the theatre industry.
Try Something Different, On A Monday – For Just 10 Pence
The Royal Court Theatre is a non-commercial theatre on Sloane Square and is celebrated for its contributions to modern theatre.
Renowned for its contemporary productions, the Royal Court also serves up some incredible offers. All tickets are very competitively priced, but on Mondays all seats are priced at just £10 if booked on the day of the performance.
In addition, four standing places go on sale one hour before each Jerwood Theatre Downstairs performance at just 10p each. The places are production-dependent and may not always be available so check in advance.
Go (Very) Early
Prior to Opening Night, most performances offer heavily discounted tickets.
Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience
If you’re lucky enough to be staying at the Amba Charing Cross when the performances are taking place, you don’t even need to step outside the hotel to enjoy a fantastic, funny, improvised comedy event.
As the name suggests, the Faulty Towers Dining Experience takes guests back to a certain Torquay hotel in the ‘70s where the characters of the Fawlty Towers TV show play host to a three-course lunch or dinner show.
It’s been internationally acclaimed – just don’t mention the war…
Get Into London Theatre
This is an annual ticket promotion run by Society of London Theatres to help boost audiences during the ‘dry’ months of January and February. It offers discount tickets for over 60 top London shows – tickets go on sale on at 10am on Tuesday December 9th. (If you have a MasterCard you can take advantage of priority booking from 10am on Tuesday November 25th).
Tickets cost £10, £20, £30, or £40, depending on the show, with the lowest saving being 20% discount.
Book of Morman Lottery: It Could Be You…
If you can get to the Prince of Wales Theatre on the day of the performance you can enter the daily lottery for 21 front row seats at £20 each. Applications are accepted two and a half hours prior to the performance and drawn half an hour later. Don’t forget to bring photo ID. It IS a lottery, but if you want to see this award-winning show on a budget, it’s worth trusting in fate…
Much Ado About (Almost) Nothing
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Bankside offers 700 standing tickets for every performance at £5 each. AND we’re told that standing offers a better view of the stage.
For the latest insider tips and secrets when you’re in town, why not have a chat with our concierge and hotel staff at the Amba Hotel Charing Cross? They’re always happy to offer their local expertise to help you see and do London like only those in-the-know really can, even when everyone else tries to tell you the last minute’s already passed…