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How to enjoy West End theatre in the half term

See West End theatre in the February 2023 half term. Discover new family-friendly shows in London and enjoy live entertainment.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Are you looking for something fun to do in the half term in London? Why not go to the theatre! Here are some tips and tricks on how to get hold of some great value seats for the best West End shows during the half term. Or, if you're wanting to see family theatre in the West End throughout the year, you can book theatre tickets year round. Find out more about the top family theatre shows to see in London.

What should I see in London in the half term?

There's lots of London musicals in the West End during the half term that are guaranteed to entertain younger children. Wow little ones with their first theatre trip by seeing a Disney musical, including Frozen or The Lion King. If you're entertaining teenagers with a West End trip, we recommend spellbinding and entertaining musicals such as Wicked.

As well as London musicals during the half term, the array of comedy plays will get families laughing together. Mischief Theatre's plays include The Play That Goes Wrong. Or, see a classic story unfold like The Mousetrap.

Check out even more London theatre in the half term. Shows in London in the half term include: 2:22 - A Ghost Story,, ABBA Voyage, Back to the Future, Cabaret, Frozen, Grease, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia!, Matilda the Musical, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Mrs. Doubtfire, Oklahoma!, Six, The Book of Mormon, The Choir of Man The Lion King, The Mousetrap, The Phantom of the Opera, The Play That Goes Wrong, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Wicked, and Witness for the Prosecution.

Should I see a show in the half term?

Seeing a theatre show in the half term is a great way to spend time outside of the classroom. If you're planning a theatre trip in the half term, theatre tickets may cost less. Theatre tickets can cost more during peak times of the year (such as Christmas, Easter and summer holidays), and it's less likely that you'll be able to find special offers when buying theatre tickets. Make the most of the half term and get booking your theatre tickets now!

What time of day should I see a show in the half term?

If you're planning a theatre trip in the half term, weekday matinees are a great way of beating the evening rush and finding a cheap ticket. It's easier for most people to attend the theatre after school or work in the evening, so tickets are often cheaper for these weekday matinees. Check out all the weekday matinees taking place in the half term here.

West End shows in the half term take place every day of the week. More shows are now open on both Saturday and Sunday, maximising the weekend performances. Search through our list to see all the Sunday shows in the West End in the half term.

Should I book half term theatre tickets on the same day?

Day tickets are often available for many shows in the West End, and are a great way of finding a cheap seat. However, these are often very limited in number, so they sell out quickly. They could be good for the more spontaneous theatregoer, but it's recommended to buy your ticket in advance if you want to guarantee a half term theatre trip.

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