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01 Whatís the difference between West End theatres and Fringe theatres?

02 How do I buy tickets for a London show?

03 Where can I buy scripts for a London shows?

04 How far in advance must one purchase tickets?

05 Where can I get cheap tickets?

06 If the show I want to see is sold out, what can I do?

07 We are coming to the West End in a few months. How often do productions change? That is, should we decide what we want to see and buy tickets now, or should we expect new shows to open before we arrive and so wait and see what develops?

08 Iíve written a play, do you know where I may get it performed in London?

09 Where can I buy programmes for West End shows?

10 Where can I buy posters for West End shows?

11 Where can I buy Cast Recordings for West End shows?

12 Can you recommendation the best shows on in London at the moment?

13 Are theatres open 7 days a week and on Bank Holidays?

14 In my country we tip theatre ushers. Do you tip theatre ushers in London, if so how much?

15 Where can I buy the script or book to a play currently showing in London?

16 Do I have to wear formal or informal clothes when I go to the theatre?


01: Whatís the difference between West End theatres and Fringe theatres?

Click here for the section Overview Of London Theatre, where we explain the differences between West End and Fringe theatres.

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02: How do I buy tickets for a London show?

Read the section on Where To Buy Tickets

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03: Where can I buy scripts for a London shows?

Methuen Publishing

or

Amazon

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04: How far in advance must one purchase tickets?

If you really want to see a particular show we always advise to book as early as you can. However, a couple of weeks in advance should be fine for most shows, but may be a month or two for Saturday evening performances of very popular shows, like "Mamma Mia" and "The Lion King". This is only a guide, but you can get tickets on the day for most West End shows !!

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05: Where can I get cheap tickets?

The half price ticket booth in Leicester Sq sells top price tickets for most shows at half price plus a small service fee, except for the current popular musicals like Lion King, Mamma Mia! and some plays. Nearly all theatres offer concessions to students, OAP and unemployed, normally one hour before the performance.

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06: If the show I want to see is sold out, what can I do ?

The Royal National Theatre reserve some tickets which only go on sale the day of the performance.

If tickets are sold out you could try queuing for returns. Most of the top shows nearly always have returns, but you must get there early.

You will always be able to buy from a ticket tout, they are always hanging around the theatre, but I recommend you NEVER buy from ticket touts. It is just too big a risk that the tickets could be stolen or forged, as well as being very expensive. I know it is tempting particularly when you are desperate to see the show, but if people would stop buying from them they would soon go out of business.

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07: We are coming to the West End in a few months. How often do productions change? That is, should we decide what we want to see and buy tickets now, or should we expect new shows to open before we arrive and so wait and see what develops?

Mostly the long running musicals are always here. However there can be quite a few changes over a period of a couple of months, with some productions closing and new ones opening. I suggest you book now for the shows you really want to see and then wait until a couple of weeks before you are due to arrive to book the rest.

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08: Iíve written a play, do you know where I may get it performed in London?

We suggest you write to The Royal National Theatre and Royal Court Theatre for advice. These two theatres are very good at helping new writers. Also try The Stage. You could also write to a few London fringe theatres , particularly those that have their own production company.

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09: Where can I buy programmes for West End shows?

There is an Aladdin's cave of theatre programmes, brochures, posters and show records called Castaside. It's run by David Smith who works at the Aldwych when he's not at the shop or in a theatre seat.

Castaside recently moved from Chelsea to Lisson Grove. He's now at :
Alfie's Antique Market,
13-25 Church Street,
Stands B37-42
Marylebone,
London NW8 8DT.

He's open Tuesday-Saturday, 10-6.
Tel/fax are +44 (020) 7723 7686.

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10: Where can I buy posters for West End shows?

Try Dress Circle , they have a web site at : http://www.dresscircle.co.uk/

Also try Castaside

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11: Where can I buy Cast Recordings for West End shows?

Amazon
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Dress Circle
57/59 Monmouth Street
Upper St. Martin's Lane
London WC2H 9DG
Tel: 020-7240-2227
Fax: 020-7379-8540
Email: online@dresscircle.bdx.co.uk
Web:http://www.dresscircle.co.uk/


Footlight Records
113 E. 12th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 533-1572
(212) 673-1496 FAX
Email: footlite@tiac.net
Web:http://www.footlight.com/

Also try Castaside

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12: Can you recommendation the best shows playing in London at the moment?

Opinions vary so much. I suggest you look at the review section.

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13: Are theatres open 7 days a week and on Bank Holidays?

Most London theatres are closed on Sundays, with most open Mon - Sats. Except for one or two, all main West End theatres remain open as usual during Christmas and New Year. They will only close on Christmas Day itself. Most theatres will have an earlier start time on Christmas Eve. The rest of the time the theatres are open normally, in fact many have extra matinee performances. However many Fringe theatres may be closed over Christmas. Most Theatres operate normally on all other Bank Holidays.

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14: In my country we tip theatre ushers. Do you tip theatre ushers in London, if so how much?

No, we do not tip theatre ushers here in London, I think they would be embarrassed if you did!

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15: Where can I buy the script or book to a play currently showing in London.

Amazon
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If it exists then SAMUEL FRENCH LTD will certainly have it or be able to get it for you.
Their address is :
52 Fitzroy Street, London, W1P 6JR
Tel: 0171 387 9373
Fax: 0171 387 2161

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16: Do I have to wear formal or informal clothes when I go to the theatre?

It does not matter what you wear nowadays. You will not look out of place whether you wear a Suit and Tie, or Jeans and a T-shirt.

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