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Experiencing London Theatre

NU London Student Blog | March 31, 2023

From Shakespeare’s Othello to Roald Dahl’s Matilda, since the 14th century, London has been a hub for theatre, art, and performance. Exploring London’s theatre scene can be fun, and doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are my tips and tricks on how to get inexpensive theatre tickets!

Go Live Theatre Projects (Formerly MouseTrap Theatre Projects)

Aged 15-24? This organisation provides theatre tickets for as low as £7. Freely sign up by putting in your email address, and you will receive biweekly emails with various theatre opportunities, including performances, cast Q&A’s, and theatre tours.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Go back in time to the 16th century! £5 standing tickets, or “groundling” tickets, are available for every performance at the Globe.

Almeida Theatre

Based in Islington, this theatre company puts on intimate and experimental performances featuring up and coming actors. £5 tickets are offered at each Almeida production for those under 25 years old, as well as various other free events and workshops.

Young Barbican

The Barbican is a centre for emerging creatives and one of London’s cultural hubs. For those between 14-25, Young Barbican offers £5-£15 tickets to theatre, dance, cinema, exhibitions, and more.

Rush/Standby tickets

While being more of a gamble, many West End theatres have a limited supply of discounted rush and standby tickets. Visit the London TKTS booth in Leicester Square, or go directly to the theatre of your choice: tickets are typically released at 10AM, or when the box office opens, just check the website or call the theatre to double check!

Social Media

Follow your favourite shows and theatres on social media! Be the first to know of any giveaways, discounts, lotteries, and promotions on tickets.

Happy theatre-going!

By Lauren Coccio