This year I want to take the blog back in a personal finance direction and thought a good way of doing this would be to start a little series on ways to save money. Some of these will be London focused while others will be more general. Hopefully at least one of the topics in this series will catch your eye and help you save a few pennies!
It feels like I’m at the theatre once a week at the moment and I am certainly not complaining but people often ask me how I can afford to go so often. While I am lucky enough to occasionally be comped tickets to see shows thanks to this blog the majority of shows I pay to see with my own money. If it’s a big show, like cursed child, of course I have to pay full whack just like everyone else but there are many ways to save money on a trip to the theatre & I’m going to share some of these with you now.
Probably one of the most well-known options TKTS. If you’re not familiar with it, TKTS is the official Leicester Square box office for the Society of London Theatre and can offer fantastic discounts on some of the best shows London has to offer. The website is updated daily with the offers they have available but your best bet is to head to their booth in Leicester Square in the morning and queue up to see what availability is like for that day – obviously this changes frequently so they may not always have the show you are dying to see but you’re guaranteed to get a fantastic bargain in some shape or form.
If you’re planning to see a specific show or want to book in advance then there are a multitude of websites on which you can book.But my pick of the bunch has to be LoveTheatre.com – while the discounts aren’t always as big as some of the others what I do like is that very often you get something free thrown in as well from ice cream to wine or even two course meals it makes the cost of your night out a whole lot cheaper overall and I really like the fact that they will tell you the exact seat you have been allocated unlike a lot of other websites.
I’m not exactly sure how I first discovered MyBoxOffice but I am so glad that I did. For a small membership fee of £15 per annum, you get access to a wide variety of shows via their website ranging from West End musicals to smaller more intimate events all for just a small administration fee of up to £5 or in some cases completely free of charge. As these tickets are usually to help fill up seats for underbooked performances they’re often released very last-minute so you have to be spontaneous in order to grab yourself a bargain!
241 with National Rail train tickets
If you’ve traveled to London via train then be sure to check out the National Rail days out guide website where you can benefit from 241 theatre tickets to some fantastic shows – at the moment they have Sunny Afternoon, The Woman in Black and The Railway Children plus more on offer. Even if you haven’t come by train it can still be worth taking a look at these as you can always buy cheap tickets from Clapham Junction to Waterloo in order to take advantage of this offer.
Sadly not one everyone can take advantage of (I didn’t know about this until it was too late for me!) but if you’re between the ages of 16 and 26 you can get some incredible discounts on theatre across the country. It’s all part of a campaign to get more young people seeing live performances and while not every theatre in London participates in this scheme you can find a great list of those that do and how to sign up on the WhatsOnStage website here.