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Old Jan 22nd, 2003, 07:39 AM
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Thanks for this tip. Just purchased for Taboo and Blood Brothers, mid-week in March 2003, at GBP 15 per ticket. Beats waiting in line at the half-price booth! As for the questions concerning "postcode," I simply typed in my zip code and advised that I would be picking up the tickets at the box office the night of each performance. Worked perfectly for me! Again, thanks for this great money- and time-saving tip!
Old Jan 22nd, 2003, 12:39 PM
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This is wonderful. Thanks for posting the info. Unfortunately we are arriving a few days for it to benefit us (we get there on April 1), but hopefully others can take advantage. For those that haven't gone to the site yet, there is also a deal for restaurants if you buy theatre tickets.
Old Jan 22nd, 2003, 04:43 PM
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Wow, I often post these tips from things I've seen or been emailed even though I can't take advantage of them. Often the posts seem to sink to the bottom quickly. Looks like this one has been a winner for many fellow travelers. So glad I could help.
Now if they could just do something like this while I'm there for two weeks in June, I'd be grateful.
Old Jan 22nd, 2003, 05:01 PM
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Thanks Patrick,

I was only able to get tickets to My Fair Lady but I'm going to keep checking back . . . sure beats standing in line at the half-price ticket booth.

Thanks for the tip and keep posting for us!
Old Jan 22nd, 2003, 08:10 PM
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David, or whoever purchased their tickets through the site- was it through First Call?
Can you send them to your hotel?

When looking at seating charts-which are the best seats? Stalls- dress circle-upper circle???

Can you pick your seats when you book at first call?
Thanks for any info.!!
Old Jan 23rd, 2003, 08:54 AM
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Thanks to all for the info - I was able to book 2 tickets for Rent - great seats at 15 GBP each. Will pick them up at box office.
Old Jan 23rd, 2003, 09:26 AM
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In response to Karen's questions, once I began the on-line purchase process, I was automatically linked to First Call (who must be the supplier of the tickets). My wife and I prefer the stalls (who doesn't???), anywhere from 7 to 20 rows back from the stage, and as close to the center as possible, although one of the first rows in the center of the dress circle (mezzanine in the USA) is also generally very good (this is so because the mezzanine usually overhangs the stalls anywhere between approximately the 10th to 20th row of the stalls). Anyway, I'd take a look at's seating recommendations and charts. Finally, on this special deal which this link is all about, First Call assigns whatever seats they have available, providing you with no opportunity to pick your own seats. It is kind of like a pot luck supper in that you take whatever is available and you are provided seat numbers and rows once you have placed your order. This might not be the case with full-price ticket orders from First Call, however. In any event, we were provided with very good seats (according to's recommendations) and feel quite lucky. Best of luck to you and enjoy your trip and theatre experiences! David.
Old Jan 24th, 2003, 08:28 AM
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Everyone is saying that this promotion beats standing in line at the half price ticket booth. But since the promotion only goes through March is that really such an advantage? How long are lines at the half priced booth likely to be in March?
Old Jan 24th, 2003, 08:35 AM
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I don't think its just the matter of the lines at the booth, its arranging your schedule to get there during the day and then having to return to the theatre district that night. We often take day trips out to the country or suburbs, so if we want to see plays several nights, we'd have to give up other activities just to go buy theatre tickets. I think this is a great idea -- but I'm not going until April. Any chance they'll extend it?
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If you don't get tickets to the show you want the first time, keep checking back. When I first tried, Chicago was sold out. A few days later, I was able to get tickets so don't give up.

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Thanks for the advice about this. I went to the website and got tickets for 3 plays - Fame , Bombay Dreams and Abigal's Party. We got great seats for all three - stalls that were no more than 13 rows back and some as close as 5 rows.The tickets ranged from 15 to 20 GBP each. I just did this two days ago and we saved so much I didn't feel bad about paying full price plus 25% for Mamma Mia tickets. Thanks so much for the advice. I would never have known about this without Fodor's.
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