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Box Offices

To book tickets for a live performance at a theatre or concert hall, you will need to contact a booking office or 'box office', or a theatre agent.

Many box offices will give cheap standby tickets to students and other adults with proper identification. Sometimes for a sold-out show, returned tickets may be available just before the show from the box office. And previews and afternoon performances may be cheaper. Ask at the box office.

London is known internationally for the range and quality of performing arts. Daily newspapers such as the 'Daily Telegraph, The Times, and London Evening Standard', and weekly magazines 'Time Out' and 'What's On in London', carry listings of performances. Other large cities in Britain have fine performances too, but far less theatres.

Many shows are sold out, and so tickets may be difficult to find. It is possible to book in advance from another country through ticket agencies. If there is a British Tourist Authority office in your country, they may give you more advice.

The British Tourist Authority leaflet Theatre tickets - a buyers guide gives helpful information. It is available from the BTA office in your country, or nearest to your country. Or else by post from the BTA - see our page 'How to find more information'.

Ticket and theatre information websites are also included on our main page.

Official Theatre lists up to date London theatre box office phone numbers and official websites plus current show and booking dates.

Seat plan gives full seating information for all West End theatres, and allows users to give their reviews of their seats after they see a show.

Theatre People contains a lot of useful tourist information regarding London and West End theatre.

Best of Theatre offers London theatre tickets and respects the rules set by the Society Of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR).

Box office London theatre guide general London theatre guide from the box office.

What's on Stage A national performing arts listing, news and ticket service.

UK rock & pop gig and venue guide with online ticket service.

Dreamboats and Petticoats Tickets Rock and roll, memories and summer love combine in Dreamboats and Petticoats, the smash hit jukebox musical that is presently showing at the Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End.

The Lion King tickets at the Lyceum Theatre Book tickets for The Lion King in London.

Theatre Tokens is the only UK national theatre voucher. It is accepted at over 230 theatres throughout the UK, including all of London's West End. With no expiry date, they're convenient and give the recipient the magic of theatre and the gift of choice.

Cheap tickets

Tkts, Half price ticket booths in Leicester Square and Brent Cross Shopping Centre, London sell theatre tickets at discounts of up to 50%. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the performance and up to a week in advance. As it's run by the Society of London Theatre and is a member of STAR, customers can be confident they're getting a fair deal.

Cheap Theatre Tickets Cheap Theatre tickets for London musicals and plays.

 From the box office offers tickets for London.

Warning

Many agents sell tickets, at a higher price than the theatre sell them for. If you buy tickets from an agent, they must tell you the original theatre price, or let you see the tickets. You may have to pay an agents fee of up to 30%. Ask the agent where the seats are in the theatre, and whether they give a poor view. If you are not sure if the agent is being honest with you, go somewhere else.

Thought for the day: Jesus said 'I am the way, I am the truth. I give life. No one can come to my Father unless I take him there. John Chap.15v6