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Best advance theatre tickets site for London?

Best advance theatre tickets site for London?

Feb 23rd, 2008, 04:22 PM
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Best advance theatre tickets site for London?

What is the best site for purchasing theatre tickets in advance? Thanks
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Feb 23rd, 2008, 04:42 PM
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Unlike New York where you can't call the theatre direct to reserve your seats, in London that is by far the BEST way to do it. Call the theatre, use a credit card and they will hold the ticket there for you for no charge at all or possibly a very minimal charge (this is rather new in London) like a pound or two.
I use www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk for all that information.

If money is no object there are some websites where you can order tickets (generally without knowing what seats you'll get) and pay extra for that privilege. I see no reason NOT to call the theatre direct for best choice of seats.
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Feb 23rd, 2008, 06:47 PM
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www.broadwaybox.com has some good theater specials, with dinner thrown in, etc. You can see the seats--they just might not be the best or perfect seats. Depends on what you want.
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Feb 23rd, 2008, 08:59 PM
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I agree w/ NP - for the few shows that sell out and one would want to pre-book, calling the theatre directly is the way to go. A few theatres - when you phone them, you get thrown into a ticket agency - but for most you are talking directly to the box office.

For most shows though, you can buy tix after you are in London - either at the box office or, even better at TKTS for 1/2 price.
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Feb 24th, 2008, 02:49 AM
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I always order tickets by phoning the theatre and paying in advance by credit card.
Don't forget to take your credit card with you when you pick up the tickets.
Many of them want it as proof of identity.
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Feb 26th, 2008, 04:58 AM
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I used Ticketmaster and have printed off my tickets to the Lion King already.
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Feb 26th, 2008, 05:47 AM
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How much more does Ticketmaster charge these days than the theatre would?
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Feb 26th, 2008, 06:42 AM
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I can't remember what the "extra" costs were; total charge for two tickets (8th row, center) was 110.10 GBP's.
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Feb 26th, 2008, 06:57 AM
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Wow. I don't know how you did that. Row H is the 8th row and those seats are supposed to be 65 pounds each, or 70 pounds each for Fri. and Sat. evenings until sometime in April when they are going up.

You somehow sure got a great deal. Either 130 or 140 pounds worth of tickets for 110.10! You did mean the stalls right, and not the dress circle?
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Feb 26th, 2008, 08:03 AM
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Those seat numbers in the Dress Circle (called the Royal Circle at the Lyceum) run £52.50, and as NP says in the stalls they would be £65.

My guess is you got the Dress Circle for £105 plus a £5.10 booking fee - which is pretty good as booking fees go.
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Feb 26th, 2008, 09:20 AM
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Yes Dress Circle on a Thursday night in June. Of course once these got exchanged into CDN $, it cost me a whole lot more but who cares, it could be years before I get back to London and this could be our only chance to see The Lion King.
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Feb 26th, 2008, 10:19 AM
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OK - that clears things up. Your post made it sound like you were in the 8th row from the stage - but you are in the 8th row upstairs.
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Feb 26th, 2008, 12:44 PM
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Yes, I too thought you meant the 8th row from the stage, but now I'm curious what you mean by it cost you a whole lot more in Canadian. Do you mean the added 1 % for using a credit card to charge -- or was it more than that? Surely you aren't referring to the fact that it takes more Canadian dollars than pounds to equal the same exact amount of "money" or "value"?
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Feb 27th, 2008, 04:37 AM
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I was referring to the exchange rate from GPB into CDN$. One GPB translates into $1.95 CDN.
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Feb 27th, 2008, 05:20 AM
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OH, that kind of reasoning always throws me since they are two different currencies. To me it's like saying, "They wanted a dollar, but all I had was quarters. So I had to give them FOUR quarters instead of just one dollar. It cost me four times as much." Dollars and quarters are not the same. Dollars and pounds are not the same. Just as it takes 4 quarters to equal a dollar, it takes 2 of one kind of dollar to equal one pound. That really doesn't mean it's costing you twice as much! Comparing the actual numbers of either to equal a number of the other really has nothing to do with it "costing you more" in one or the other.

Using the idea that your currency is worth less than the pound because it takes more of yours to equal one of theirs, is like suggesting you go to Japan where you'd get 108 yen for every one of your dollars! Wow, talk about everything being dirt cheap.

Sorry, I'll get off my soapbox now.
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Feb 27th, 2008, 07:03 AM
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Gosh I'm really sorry I upset you, I only made the comment that due to the currency exchange it is expensive for those of us in the "colonies" to visit England. Again my deepest apologies.
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Feb 27th, 2008, 09:19 AM
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I'm not upset in the least. Just confused when someone says "it cost me a whole lot more because. . ." It doesn't cost you any "more" than it costs anyone else. Everyone's currency is different, but you pay in the same "value" or "cost" depending on which currency you pay in. I would have understood if you simply said, "wow, the tickets really are expensive", but saying "it costs me a whole lot more than that. . ." was confusing. I thought it meant you were paying additional fees or something.
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