MANY of us associate the theatre with champagne, fur coats, and triple-barrelled surnames, but going to see a play doesn’t always have to break the bank. Here are some insider tips on how to get your culture fix without having to sell your TV, writes Alice McShane…
The Young Vic theatre on The Cut, Waterloo, offers free and discounted tickets to residents of Lambeth and Southwark as part of the ‘Two Boroughs Project’. Each resident is entitled to one free ticket and subsequent discounts, and to places on workshops and community projects. You need to register by email – firstname.lastname@example.org – with your name, date of birth, telephone number and email address and wait to receive offers! Their next show is Public Enemy (pictured). For more information visit http://www.youngvic.org or call 020 7922 2861.
The Old Vic theatre, also on Waterloo’s The Cut, offers all Southwark and Lambeth residents £5 tickets for every Monday evening and Wednesday matinee and evening shows. Limited to two per person per show. And tickets for all shows are £12 for all under-25 year olds. Just book in the usual way then bring proof of your address or age when collecting tickets. http://www.oldvictheatre.com. Box office 0844 871 7628.
Mousetrap Theatre Projects (pictured) have a programme whereby 15-23 year-olds living in London boroughs including Lambeth and Southwark can see one top West End show a month for £5. Register at http://www.mousetrap.org.uk and get your friends to register too and you can even ask to sit next to each other! For more information call 020 7632 4115.
The National Theatre on the South Bank offers ‘Day Tickets’ to give people a second chance to see sold-out shows. You need to queue at the Box Office on the ground floor from 9.30am on the day of the performance. Tickets are £12 each and may be limited to two per person. Visit http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk or call 020 7452 3000 for more information.
The Oval House theatre in Kennington offers £10 tickets to under-26 year olds (usually £14) and £7 tickets to previews on all main shows. http://www.ovalhouse.com, 020 7582 7680.
Get into London theatre offers discounted tickets to West End shows, some for as little as £10. Visit http://www.getintolondontheatre.com or call 0844 412 2703. And don’t forget the TKTS booth in Leicester Square for daily discounts of up to 50 per cent on West End shows http://www.tkts.co.uk; as well as sites such as http://www.lastminute.com and http://www.discounttheatre.com.