Plays in London
Some of the biggest stage productions in the West End can set you back over £150 per ticket, especially if an award-winning actor with an enthusiastic fanbase is attached to star! But finding ways to attend theatre plays on a budget needn’t become a drama.
Check out this page for some of the latest discounts at the best plays London has to offer, including our ultimate theatre insider guides to plays such as Harry Potter & The Cursed Child and The Mousetrap.
Last Minute Plays in London
If you are looking for last-minute tickets to a play, check the official website to find out if there are any discounts on the day of the performance.
You can also go to the theatre’s physical box office which may have same-day deals, or check out ticket sellers like the booths in Leicester Square.
One common practice in the West End is dynamic pricing, when unsold tickets fluctuate in price as the performance date gets closer. This usually applies to unsold tickets in the middle and top price bands, and they are not marked as discounts; you just need to keep an eye on the website in the days leading up to your preferred performance.
Some West End Plays allocate a number of cheaper tickets for Day Seat, Rush or Lottery schemes which can be booked either on the day of the performance or within a week of it. Lottery and Rush tickets can be booked online, but some venues also operate an in-person Day Seat queue from 10am each day.
Rush tickets are cheap theatre play tickets released on the day, or in some cases a week early. Tickets often sell out quickly.
Many play venues release their Rush tickets via the TodayTix app, which has a dedicated page to browse current Rush offers. On sale daily at 10am, prices £20-30
The National Theatre Friday Rush offers £10 tickets for the next week’s performances. On sale at 1pm each Friday
Matinee Plays London
Some London plays have cheaper tickets for their matinee performances. Midweek matinees tend to always be cheaper than weekend matinees, although they are not usually cheaper than weekday evening performances.
London Neighbourhood Play Discounts
If you live in the same London borough as a theatre, check their website for any resident discounts. Theatres offering reduced play tickets for locals include the Young Vic for Southwark and Lambeth and Lyric Hammersmith.
Duke of York's TheatreOpens 10 Jun 2023
Martin McDonagh’s acclaimed black comedy The Pillowman transfers to the West End, starring Lily Allen and Seve Pemberton.