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London Theatre logo£10-£40 West End theatre tickets40+ shows incl Phantom of the Opera & Aladdin. For Jan/Feb

100,000 avail

Theatre lovers can get £10-£40 tickets for over 40 London shows including Aladdin, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables at London Theatre's New Year Sale, for performances until Fri 9 Feb.

On Fri 29 Dec, there were 100,000 tickets available (tickets went on general sale on Tue 5 Dec). Tickets include matinée and evening performances, and some weekends.

Which performances can you get the deal on?

Tickets are spread randomly across all dates and shows, but tickets for specific performances are subject to availability and limited per performance – so it could be pot luck finding the show you want on a particular date. Some shows exclude weekends (such as Aladdin and The Lion King).

Not all shows offer tickets at the lowest price point of £10, and the cheaper tickets for the more popular shows are likely to go very quickly.

Seats are discounted based on their price tier, so the amount of saving on the normal price will vary per show and per seat. £10 tickets will usually be the cheapest normal-priced seats in the theatre, and £40 tickets will be the top-priced (non-premium) seats.

Examples of discounted tickets (see 'More info' for the full list)

For some shows, only one ticket price is included, such as £10 or £20. For others, there are a range of tickets available, from £10-£40.

Here are some examples of tickets still available at 11.43am on Fri 29 Dec:

  • The Gruffalo's Child, £10 tickets (we've asked London Theatre to confirm their usual price and will update you here when we know more)
  • The Phantom of the Opera, £10-£40 tickets (norm £23-£72.50)
  • Les Misérables, £20-£40 tickets (norm £37.50-£72.50)
  • Disney's Aladdin, £20-£40 tickets (norm £37.50-£69.50)
  • Wicked, £20-£40 tickets (norm £39-£69)
  • The Lion King, £30 tickets (norm £42.50)
  • Mamma Mia!, £30-£40 tickets (norm £40-£72.50)
  • Matilda, £30-£40 tickets (norm £47.50-£67.50)

A maximum of eight tickets can be booked per show per cardholder and there’s no limit to the number of performances you can get tickets for. Tickets are non-refundable and seat allocations will be visible during the booking process. Shows may increase their allocation of tickets at any time and more shows may be added during the booking period.

There are no booking fees and the tickets will either be posted to you free of charge or you can collect them from the box office on the day of the performance.

If you're coming to London for the day, check out MSE's Cheap Train & Coach Deals page to save on your journey, and see our 40 London MoneySaving tips.

More info

Here's the full list of shows and ticket prices that were available at the start of the promotion on Tue 5 Dec (some ticket prices have now sold out):

  • 42nd Street - £20 and £40 tickets
  • Disney's Aladdin - £10, £20, £30 and £40 tickets
  • An American in Paris - £20, £30 and £40 tickets
  • Annie - £20, £30 and £40 tickets
  • The Birthday Party - £20, £30 and £40 tickets
  • A Christmas Carol - £20 and £40 tickets
  • Matthew Bourne's Cinderella - £20 and £40 tickets
  • The Comedy About a Bank Robbery - £30 and £40
  • Dad's Army Radio Hour - £10 and £20 tickets
  • Dreamgirls - £20 and £40 tickets
  • Eugenius - £10, £20 and £30 tickets
  • Everybody's Talking About Jamie - £20, £30 and £40 tickets
  • The Exorcist - £20, £30 and £40 tickets
  • The Ferryman - £10, £30 and £40 tickets
  • Five Guys Named Moe - £10, £20, £30 and £40 tickets
  • Girl From The North Country - £30 and £40 tickets
  • The Grinning Man - £30 and £40 tickets
  • The Gruffalo's Child - £10 tickets
  • Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle - £10, £20 and £30 tickets
  • Jack and the Beanstalk - £20 tickets
  • Le Jeune Homme et la Mort / La Sylphide - £20, £30 and £40 tickets
  • Kinky Boots - £20, £30 and £40 tickets
  • Lady Windermere's Fan - £20, £30 and £40 tickets
  • The Lion King - £30 and £40 tickets
  • Long Day's Journey into Night - £30 and £40 tickets
  • Mamma Mia! - £30 and £40 tickets
  • Mary Stuart - £20, £30 and £40 tickets
  • Matilda - £30 and £40 tickets
  • Mischief Movie Night - £10 tickets
  • Les Misérables - £10, £20, £30 and £40 tickets
  • Motown The Musical - £30 and £40 tickets
  • Nutcracker - £10, £20 and £30 tickets
  • La Petite Soirée - £10 and £20 tickets
  • The Phantom of the Opera - £10, £20, £30 and £40 tickets
  • The Play That Goes Wrong - £30 and £40 tickets
  • The Rat Pack - £10, £20, £30 and £40 tickets
  • School of Rock - £20, £30 and £40 tickets
  • Showstopper! The Improvised Musical - £10, £20 and £30 tickets
  • Slava's Snowshow - £10, £20, £30 and £40 tickets
  • The Snow Queen - £10 tickets
  • La Soirée - £10, £20, £30 and £40 tickets
  • Song of the Earth - £20, £30 and £40 tickets
  • Strangers in Between - £10 and £20 tickets
  • Things I Know To Be True - £20 tickets
  • Thriller Live - £20, £30 and £40 tickets
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show - £10 tickets
  • Wicked - £20, £30 and £40 tickets
  • Witness for the Prosecution - £20 and £40 tickets
  • The Woman in Black - £20 and £30 tickets
  • Young Frankenstein - £30 and £40 tickets


Shows added after the promotion began:

  • Barnum - £40 tickets
  • Beginning - £40 tickets
  • The Return of Ulysses - £20, £30 and £40 tickets

Vue logoVue weekend/school holiday £2.49 ticketsFor children aged 2-12 and accompanying adults

Kids' deal

Children aged from 2-12 can get movie tickets for £2.49 with the Mini Mornings offer on selected weekend and school holiday morning screenings at Vue Cinemas. What's more, accompanying adults get in for £2.49 too.

You can buy tickets on the day, but seats can sell out, so go early if possible. To be safe, book online or over the phone in advance, though you'll pay a 75p booking fee each ticket (90p for phone bookings).

Vue says the screenings take place in every cinema except the West End and Piccadilly branches.

Odeon logoOdeon £3 'senior' screeningsVia Odeon Silver Cinema, aimed at cinema goers aged 55+


If you're aged 55+, you can get tickets to Odeon Silver Cinema showings (previously known as Odeon Senior Screen) for £3. See 'more info' below for the prices at different cinemas. You'll also get tea, coffee and biscuits before the film starts.

Odeon says the films selected for Odeon Silver Cinema are aimed at a 'mature audience', aged 55+, but there is no formal age restriction on the tickets.

More info

Tickets for Odeon Silver Cinema are £3 except at the following cinemas:

Ayr, Banbury, Bournemouth Odeon, Bournemouth ABC, Dunfermline, Guildford, Kilmarnock, Kettering, Lincoln and Mansfield tickets are £3.50.

Aylesbury, Bridgend, Chelmsford, Harrogate, Hastings, Newark, Port Solent, Putney, Salisbury, Southend and Tunbridge Wells tickets are £3.95.

You'll need to pay extra to upgrade to other seat types. Odeon Silver Cinema special screenings tickets may cost more - check the cinema's film listings for more information

Odeon logoOdeon extra 25% off student tix with NUS ExtraAvailable to all students aged 16+ via £12 NUS Extra card


If you're a student with an NUS Extra card you can get an extra 25% off student ticket prices at Odeon cinemas, Mondays-Thursdays. Simply show your NUS Extra card at the box office to get the discount. Ticket prices vary, depending on location and the time of the film, and there are some exclusions - see full T&Cs.

Who's eligible for an NUS Extra card?

The NUS Extra card is available to all students aged over 16 years (including distance learners, vocational and part-time students). It costs £12 and is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. You can use it to get discounts at lots of stores and websites, including Asos, Spotify, Amazon and Domino's. It gets discounts at more retailers than the student ID card issued by universities and colleges.

More info

The offer is only valid at cinemas which offer student pricing. It can't be used with any other offers. It's not valid at Odeon Leicester Square, Odeon Studios, The Lounge at Odeon Whiteleys or BFI IMAX.

Not valid for Premiere Seating, Club or D-Box seats, IMAX, iSense, The Lounge, Gallery performances, Odeon Silver Screen, Odeon Kid’s, Odeon Plus, Odeon Screen Unseen, premieres, special events or any events not open to the public.

Vue logoVue Cinemas - swap Nectar pointsConvert your Nectar points into cinema tickets

500pts = £2.50

Every 500 Nectar points is worth £2.50 at Vue Cinemas. To get the offer, simply hand over your Nectar card at the box office and tell them how many points you'd like to convert.

You have to pay in multiples of 500 points - if you don't have enough you can part-pay with points, a debit card or cash in the same transaction.

More info

You can't use Nectar points to book tickets in advance by telephone or via Vue's website. Points can't be redeemed in conjunction with any other offer, promotion or discount, unless otherwise stated.

Meerkat Movies logoMeerkat Movies 2for1 cinema ticketsYear's 2for1 from £2ish. New & existing customers


If you use the comparison website Compare The Market, or if you’ve used it during the past year, you can get 2for1 cinema tickets every Tuesday or Wednesday for 12 months from the date you use the site to get a credit card, loan or insurance, or switch your energy, broadband, TV or landline provider.

The offer expires 12 months after the date of your purchase or switch, not 12 months from when you activate it. Please note: activation can take at least 48 hours, so you’ll have to be patient.

How much do I have to spend?

Compare The Market isn’t always the cheapest place to buy insurance (see our insurance guides for the top deals), but you can get Meerkat Movies by spending as little as £2ish on a single-trip travel insurance policy for one person travelling within the UK. For more on this trick, read our Deals Hunters blog.

What do I get?

You're entitled to one voucher per week (so you can't go both days) and to get it you can either download the Meerkat Movies app (iPhone and Android only) or log in at the website. You can then simply print the code or show it on your smartphone at the box office. 

If you fancy an IMAX screening, want to upgrade to premium seats or see a 3D film, you'll be asked to pay the price difference between this and a standard cinema ticket.

Where can I use it?

It's valid at most cinemas across the UK – the big chains (eg, Cineworld, Odeon and Vue) as well as lots of independents – but not all of them. If in doubt, check with your local cinema before turning up.

Important: 2for1 cinema tickets should never be your reason for choosing a product like insurance. Use other sites to check it's a good deal and don't be swayed by freebies that could end up costing you a lot more in the long run.

More info

To qualify for Meerkat Movies membership, you need to purchase one of the following products via Compare The Market: car, motorcycle, home, van, pet, landlord, life, home/content or travel insurance. You can also qualify by taking out a credit card or loan or switch energy, digital TV or broadband supplier.

You can only hold one Meerkat Movies membership in any 12-month period, but if you purchase a second product whilst you have an active Meerkat Movies membership you can choose to claim a cuddly toy instead.

Applause Store logoFree audience tix to your favourite TV showRegister online and turn up early


In order to avoid the dreaded 'canned laughter', TV companies regularly offer free tickets to see popular TV shows. In return, you're expected to listen to direction, shout when asked to and generally be enthusiastic. Although you could also potentially have to sit around for long periods without breaks and for the more popular shows - queue!

A lot of shows overbook, so make sure you arrive at least an hour early is due to start to ensure you get a seat. Often, if you are refused entry due to overbooking, organisers will try to arrange for you to get priority seating for another time.

Firms which offer TV show tickets include:

  • Applause Store is one of the largest free ticket providers. Shows on its books include Q.I, X Factor and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
  • TV Recordings offers tickets for shows like Russell Howard's Good News.
  • SRO Audiences is another biggie - expect to find tickets for shows like The Graham Norton Show, Live at the Apollo, The Voice and Mock The Week.
  • Lost in TV covers shows like The Cube The Clare Balding show and Derren Brown.

Always make sure you check out the above lists for these free ticket shows, so you never end up paying money for them on eBay or other ticket sites. Depending on availability, you should always be able to get them for free.

Cineworld logoCineworld £2.50/£2.70 films for kidsSchool holidays & weekends. Incl 70p booking fee.


Keep your nippers (and yourself) amused on weekend and school holiday mornings with Movies For Juniors kids’ films at Cineworld. It’s £2.50 per showing (including a 70p booking fee), per person if you book online with a myCineworld account, or £2.70 if bought at the cinema box office, for both adults and sprogs. 

What is myCineworld?  

myCineworld is a free online account that gives you access to Cineworld deals (including 10% off online bookings), forthcoming offers, faster booking and a newsletter (if you opt in). To get it, simply register online. It’s totally free. 

3D films are more expensive - £3.85 per person (if booked online with myCineworld, or £4.20 if bought at the cinema). 

The offer's available on selected films only and will vary per cinema. See website for current listings.

MSE Anna says:

Although the films on offer aren’t the latest movies, kids’ tickets usually cost upwards of £7, so this is a decent saving.

We looked at the other major cinemas and found this deal to be cheapest out there for kids - see Cheap Cinema Tickets for Vue and Odeon offers.

More info

Adults can't get this offer unless they are accompanied by a child. A child is classified as aged 14 or under, though films are aimed at under eight audiences. 

Odeon logoOdeon kids' screenings for £2.50Weekend & school holiday offer

Kids' deal

On weekends and holiday mornings for selected films, adult and kids' tickets at participating Odeon cinemas are £2.50. The only exceptions are the following cinemas; Worcester, Telford, Dorchester and Exeter tickets are £1, Dundee, Bristol and Belfast tickets are £1.50, and Weston-Super-Mare tickets are £2.

You can either just turn up at the cinema on the day and trust there'll be seats available. Or you can book online in advance via the website or app.

Showings vary between cinemas. See website for full listings.

More info

Screenings are obviously aimed at a younger audience (kids are classed as 12 and under), so you won't find anything above PG certificate.

Vue logoVue Cinemas armed forces discount15%-20% discount using MoD card


Military personnel can show a 'Rewards for Forces' membership card, or valid military ID card to get the equivalent of a student discount at Vue Cinemas across the UK.

The discount ranges from 15%-20% depending on location. Vue says the offer is valid on any film at any time and it's valid for the cardholder’s ticket only. So if you're in the armed forces and buying tickets for others, only yours will be discounted.

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Skint? ask:
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  • Can I afford it?
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  • Will I use it?
  • Is it worth it?
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There's a little-known piece of legislation that turns any credit card into a financial self-defence superhero. 'Section 75' of the Consumer Credit Act means your plastic must protect anything you buy for more than £100 for free, so if there's a problem or the company goes bust, you can still get your money back.

And although Section 75 doesn't apply to debit cards, there is something else to fall back on if you've paid using a debit card, or used a credit card for a purchase under £100. Known as Chargeback, this is part of banks' and card companies' internal rules and not a legal requirement. Read full details of Section 75 or Chargeback, plus how to claim, in our guides.

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