The lights, the dancing, the band, the voices – I just love musicals! I can’t count how many shows I’ve seen over the years, but I know that I’m waaay off seeing them all. Every year new productions launch and more stage shows go on tour. And that means more tickets to buy! But it doesn’t have to cost a small fortune to see the shows you love – here’s how to cut costs on going to the theatre…
If you’re going to travel to London to see a musical in the West End, it’s a good idea to book your tickets in advance. If you just turn up at the theatre box office, it’s likely that all the lower-price seats will have been sold and you’ll end up paying £££s for your seats.Buying online means that you KNOW you’ve got the tickets, and you can easily save money with the discounted rates you can find online. For example, ticket seller Encore Tickets often have flash sales on the latest West End musicals so you might be able to grab yourself a bargain if you keep an eye on the site.
CHOOSE YOUR SEATS
Another way to save money on your theatre tickets is to choose the lower-priced seats. This summer I’m going to see Shrek The Musical when it tours and when I booked I paid only £10 per ticket rather than the full price. That’s because I picked those seats in the theatre that are ‘restricted view’.In reality, it isn’t really a restricted view – they’re just not the “best” up-front-and-centre seats, which cost the most money. Your seats could be toward the back of the theatre (in which case you’ll have a full view of the stage from above) or at the sides, or sometimes at the very front. I sat in the middle of the front row for The Full Monty and the view was rather outstanding, I can tell you!
The way I see it, whenever a West End show goes on tour around the country, you should make the effort to go see it at your local theatre. This is your chance to see a quality performance, famous stars and enjoy a fun night out in the familiar settings of your home town.
MY BUCKET-LIST OF MUST-SEE SHOWS
- The first show on my list is The Lion King. I feel like the only person not to have seen The Lion King and I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without heading to the Lyceum Theatre to what this epic show. I loved the Disney film as a kid and I’ve heard great things about this musical from my musical-loving pal.
- A brand-new musical has made it onto my list – Tina. It’s the story of Tina Turner and seeing as mum and I went to see her concerts back in the 2000s (including her last ever tour!) I’m pretty sure we’ll enjoy a musical about her life. Especially if it has all her hit songs woven into the story. It’s playing at Aldwych Theatre and is booking for 2019, so that’s one I’ll have to travel to London to see.
- My friend and I have been planning to see Aladdin ever since it opened at the Prince Edward Theatre. I’m hoping it’ll tour around the country soon, otherwise I’ll have to combine it with my trip to London to see the Tina musical and make it bit of a weekend of it.So, there you have it; ways to save money on your tickets and a handy list of the shows you simply must see, what more do you need?? Let me know what your favourite musical is in the comments below and I’d love to hear your recommendations for other shows that I can see next!