Still enjoying half term? Here’s how you can get hold of cheap theatre tickets this week
While many head back to school today after their much-needed half term break, some are still enjoying the luxury of a week away from the classroom. Because some schools choose to have their half term slightly later than others, it means that there are ways to get hold of some cheaper theatre tickets this week. So if you’re looking for something fun this half term, here are some tips and tricks on how to get hold of some great value seats for the best West End shows.
Avoiding peak times
If you’re on your half term break this week, you’ll know that the majority of the country are back to school today. Which is good news for you, as theatre tickets often cost more during peak times of the year (such as Christmas and other school holidays), and it’s less likely that you’ll be able to find special offers when buying theatre tickets. However this week, normal pricing will resume, meaning that many of the special offers that usually apply for most of the year will come back into effect. Check our deals page to see what’s on offer, and if there’s anything you fancy seeing.
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. Our listings have a handy feature which you can use if you’re not sure whether your favourite show has a weekday matinee, or when it is.
Day tickets are often available for many shows in the West End, and can be a good way of finding a cheap seat. However, these are often very limited in number (and so run out quickly) and may require you turning up to the theatre in the morning. They could be good for the more spontaneous theatregoer, but it’s always safer to buy your ticket in advance.
A West End favourite, Wickedhas been delighting audiences in London for over 11 years now. It’s about two witches, Elphaba and Glinda, who enrol at Shiz University, and includes big musical numbers like “Defying Gravity”, “What Is This Feeling?” and “Popular”. Wicked has a huge fan base, with many seeing the show tens and even hundreds of times, so if you haven’t already, why not see wat the fuss is all about?
If dancing is more your thing, then 42nd Street is the show you need to see. Peggy Sawyer is an aspiring tap dancer who manages to land a slot in the latest big Broadway show, mainly thanks to her brilliant tap dancing skills. You’ll know songs like “We’re In the Money”, but you’ll remember the huge, ensemble tap dancing scenes (the show has a 50-strong cast) which will have you wanting to pick up a pair of tap shoes on your way home.
Maybe you’re more rock than you are tap, but don’t fear, School of Rock offers more guitar solos than anything else in London right now. Based on the film starring Jack Black, it focusses on Dewey Finn, who poses as a substitute teacher as a way of making some money, but starts a band with the kids in his class. The cast is made up of some insanely talented 11 and 12-year-olds who play their instruments live on stage – not an air guitar in sight!
This classic Broadway musical has been dancing in the West End since March this year, and opened to countless five-star reviews. It’s about a former American soldier who falls in love with a French ballet dancer in Paris, and features songs such as "I Got Rhythm" and “S’Wonderful”. It’s due to have its final performance early next year, so this is a great time to catch it while you can.
There may be no better show to see in the West End this Halloween. This classic play is about a man who is sent to work at a house by the sea, only to find mysterious, creepy things begin to happen around him. You may have seen the film starring Daniel Radcliffe in 2012, but there’s nothing quite like seeing the real thing on stage.