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Sep 26th, 2012, 08:01 AM
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Quality drama in London; how to find/ not to pay too much?

I'm looking at tickets for a West End play in the early new year, and it only runs from November until January 5. The 48 GBP a seat at one website is steep since I'd want to take my daughters, too. Lacking a crystal ball on how hot these tickets will be, can anyone give tips on buying theater tickets in advance?

Also, failing that, what's a reliable online source for West End and beyond reviews? The Telegraph loved the play above earlier this year.
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Sep 26th, 2012, 08:11 AM
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What show? What theatre? Some theatres and chains (Nederlander, for example -- or The National Theatre) have special discounts. It's hard to be specific with you general question.

I'm also curious what you mean by reviews if the play hasn't opened yet -- or is this a production transferring from somewhere?
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Sep 26th, 2012, 08:12 AM
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I usually buy my tickets directly from the official website (usually goes through ticketmaster). There is a chance you may find tickets through the Official Ticket Booth TKTS www.tkts.co.uk but if the show is popular they may never be offered there.

May I ask what the show is?
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Sep 26th, 2012, 08:15 AM
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What play, what theatre, who star(s)? If it is one of the short run/high profile productions like at the Donmar or starring someone like Helen Mirren or a hollywood "name" - you'll have to pay the going rate - and probably quickly.
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Sep 26th, 2012, 08:16 AM
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we were all posting at the same time . . .
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Sep 26th, 2012, 08:36 AM
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Time Out will be your best one stop guide to all West End theatre - reviews and tickets

http://tinyurl.com/cpjx3jc

though as for ticket prices, it depends on popularity of the performance
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Sep 26th, 2012, 08:49 AM
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Thank you, Janis and Jamikins. I see I expressed it badly. I definitely don't want to pay to see a Hollywood face, though if someone took me to see Helen Mirren I'd be obliged.

It's "Constellations" at the Duke of York's, and I see that I can go directly to the Royal Court website and find a few still left at 25 GBP. It was put on January this year, and thus the review.

I've looked at National Theatre website, and am a little perplexed by the Member thing. It appears they get first dibs on advance tickets, justifiably, but I wouldn't be able to buy three memberships to get that many tickets.
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Sep 26th, 2012, 08:50 AM
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Thank you, sofarsogood!
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Sep 26th, 2012, 09:01 AM
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Lastminute.com often have theatre tickets at reduced prices.

Time Out is the place to research what you actually want to see.
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Sep 26th, 2012, 09:04 AM
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We were able to get very inexpensive tickets from The National Theatre website. Do check.
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Sep 26th, 2012, 09:28 AM
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When I went to the Duke of York's website and checked for Jan. tix, they only list Stalls and Dress Circle seats - thus the £48. I couldn't find a way to choose Upper Circle seats -- that is where the £25-ish seats would be. If you can book through the Royal Court, I'd do that.
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Sep 26th, 2012, 10:42 AM
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Thank you, RM67. Last minute will work for us, too. It's difficult to hit the sweet spot between too soon and too late. "Constellations", for instance, will surely sell out soon. I'd love to see "One Man 2 Guvs", but every performance during our ten days seemed to be entirely booked.

tuscanlifeedit, do you happen to remember whether the Natl Theatre tickets you bought were for an ongoing show?

Thanks, Janis!

What about seeing a panto. How to find one? Are they advertised as pantomimes? Do they vary much in quality?
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Sep 26th, 2012, 10:55 AM
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Thanks for your comment above, NeoP. I'll check for special discounts at Nat'l Theatre and see if I qualify.
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Sep 26th, 2012, 11:05 AM
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Pantomime's in London can be found here

http://www.timeout.com/london/featur...imes-in-london

oh no they can't....

oh yes they can....
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Sep 26th, 2012, 12:37 PM
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Loveit sofar! Thanks.
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Sep 27th, 2012, 07:26 AM
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So, Theatre Royal Stratford East for "Jack & the Beanstalk", or Hackney Empire for "Dick Whittington & his Cat"?

Tempted to go to Catford, since late great C_W had recommended a chain pub there, but I suspect he was being ironic.
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Sep 27th, 2012, 08:50 AM
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I got tickets for 1 Man 2 Guv on the morning of performance at the bex office.There are usually some returns for even sold out performances
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>>So, Theatre Royal Stratford East for "Jack & the Beanstalk", or Hackney Empire for "Dick Whittington & his Cat"? <<

They'll both be popular, and interesting alternatives to the style of panto that just imports "Him off the telly" into a heavily showbizzy format. Stratford is a bit easier to get to from central London (5 mins walk from the tube station). Watch for reviews.
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Sep 27th, 2012, 10:37 AM
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My 2 cents, but theatre is blissfully among the very few things left on the planet where "quality" bears no relations whatsoever to price.
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Sep 27th, 2012, 11:25 AM
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Ah, yes, Avalon2. Somehow I forget these possibilities. Thank you. Did you like it?

Good tips, Patrick. I appreciate it.

pporter, you are so right.

We did pay to see Hollywood/Natl Theatre celeb Kevin Spacey in Richard III earlier this year, and opted for cheap seats in the balcony. That was one situation where I wish I'd pried my wallet open more to sit up close.
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