London Theatre for Students and Young People

Living in London as a young person can be hugely expensive and can often leave you bereft of luxuries such as theatre tickets, particularly when theatres often charge over £50 for even the most restricted seat. However, if you are lucky enough to be under 25, or a student, there are a number of brilliant initiatives aimed at encouraging young people to visit the theatre. Below, we outline these schemes and also give you a couple of handy tips to help you on your way…

Under 25 Schemes


It’s important to note that proof of age will be required when purchasing tickets and when picking up tickets from the various box offices.

National Theatre Entry Pass – National Theatre

  • A free membership scheme for under 25’s
  • Receive access to exclusive workshops and events
  • Discounts at the National Theatre bookshop, cafes and Backstage Tours
  • £5 tickets to all National Theatre productions

BP 16-25 Shakespeare Pass – Royal Shakespeare Company

  • A seasonal ticket that allows you to see shows at a discount
  • Pass must be bought at Stratford-upon-Avon box office or by phone
  • £20 to see five productions at the RCS’s Stratford-upon-Avon venue in a year

BP £5 Tickets – Royal Shakespeare Company

  • An exclusive promotional code that allows you to book discount tickets
  • Only applicable for those aged 16-25
  • Enter 1625 into ticket bookings to receive discount
  • £5 tickets to all RSC productions in London and Stratford-upon-Avon, including Matilda the Musical

Young Barbican – Barbican Theatre

  • Discount scheme for those aged 14-25
  • Receive offers for exclusive access to over 50,000 tickets across film, art, music and theatre
  • £5, £10 and £15 tickets offered for productions and cinema
  • £5 tickets to new film releases between Monday-Thursday

Breeze – Regent’s Park Open Air

  • Membership available for 18-25’s, £10 per annum
  • Receive 10% discount at the bar and BBQ for Breeze events and previews
  • Emails including exclusive offers and benefits at Regent’s Park
  • Two £10 tickets in price band B during previews

Young Vic Discount

  • Exclusive offer aimed at those under 25 and students
  • £10 tickets for all Young Vic productions, subject to availability

Prologue – Chichester Festival Theatre

  • A free membership scheme for those aged between 16-25
  • Be the first to hear when new shows come in and tickets go on sale
  • Receive ticket offers one month before general on-sale
  • £8.50 tickets to shows in the Chichester Festival season

Mousetrap Theatre Projects – West End Shows

  • A theatre education charity aimed at bringing young people into theatre
  • The Go Live programme is a free scheme open to 15-24 year olds
  • Ages: 15-24 year olds
  • 15-18 year olds pay £7 per ticket
  • 19-24 year olds pay £12 per ticket
  • Each month there are 2 West End trips


For those who are desperate to see a show, a good way of securing a ticket last minute is to queue at the box office for returns. A return is a ticket given back to the box office at last minute, when the audience member can no longer make it. These tickets are often resold at a reduced rate on the day of the performance.


Lotteries are an excellent way of getting amazing seats at a discount price! Not all West End shows offer lotteries, so here are some to look out for:

  • The Book of Mormon – Enter up to a week in advance on their website and be in with a chance of winning two front row seats for £20 each! All you need to do is follow the lottery guidelines and post to facebook or twitter to be in with an extra chance of winning.
  • Aladdin – Every day at 5pm, people gather outside the Prince Edward Theatre to enter the Aladdin lottery. All you need to do is fill in a form and pop it in the giant golden tombola! If your name is pulled out, you have the option of buying two top price seats for only £25.

Day Seats

Day seats have quickly become one of the most popular ways of securing tickets. At 10am on the day of the performance, the box office releases a select amount of seats for you to purchase at a discounted price. These seats are typically front row for between £15-25. Most West End shows have a day-seat policy, and customers can queue from as early as 7am!

It is worth noting that Matilda the Musical offers a limited range of seats specifically for those aged 16-25 at only £5 each.

Handy Tips

  • Visit the London TKTS booth in Leicester Square for reduced price tickets on the day of the performance
  • Book online in advance to take advantage of offers and discounts
  • Stand on the floor of Shakespeare’s Globe to see an amazing show at only £5
  • Sit in restricted view seats, which can often only obstruct a tiny part of the stage
  • Get the TodayTix app on your phone, which offers lotteries and discounts on the day of the performance
  • Attend matinees and weekday performances for discounted tickets

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