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Live entertainment is on hiatus while the UK is in lockdown, yet the show must go on, and what's emerged in its place is pioneering, exciting and a dang sight cheaper. Our cheap theatre tickets guide covers where to see the filmed version of Hamilton, live-streamed shows from London's Southbank Centre, free pre-recorded Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, immersive app-based audio shows, free audio play podcasts and heaps more.
If you're celebrating Valentine's Day, a night of theatre with your fave on your own sofa could be just the ticket. It's a lot like the real thing, minus the overpriced wine, the crisp packet rustlers and the back-of-a-head blocking your view.
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Immersive radio show tickets x2 for £9ish
Norm £11ish. From award-winning theatre co. DarkfieldExpired
With Halloween creeping up, here's a way to scare yourself silly without leaving the house. If you visit Darkfield Radio* and enter the MSE Blagged code DOUBLE15 or VISITORS15 at checkout, you can get two tickets to one of its unique audio shows for £9.07 (norm £10.64, including service fee). This offer ends at 11.59pm on Sat 7 Nov.
There are two unsettling shows to choose from (or you can do both): Double and Visitors. In either case, you'll need an internet connection, a mobile (or other smart device), the Darkfield app, earphones and a buddy/partner with their own mobile and earphones. The shows are designed for two participants, so you can only buy tickets in pairs.
How to book and take part
1. Choose the show you want, click 'book UK' and select a date and time.
2. At checkout under 'have a promo code?', enter code DOUBLE15 for Double or VISITORS15 for Visitors to get two tickets for £9.07.
3. Download the Darkfield app from Google Play or the App Store.
4. You'll receive an email with two access codes - one per person. Within the 24 hours before the show, enter your access code into the app.
5. Be ready to start, with your earphones in, five minutes before the show time.
See More info for further tips on getting the most out of the experience.
What is Darkfield?
Pioneering theatre company Darkfield is known for its shipping container shows: each one a self-contained, multi-sensory world, brought to life with binaural audio, pitch darkness and surprise elements. Since lockdown, it's come up with Darkfield Radio: a series of immersive shows that can be experienced from home. Participants are asked to do some minor set up and to sit in a certain place. The show then corresponds to that set up.
Which show should I choose?
Double involves scrutinising your friend or partner's face, before closing your eyes. Its theme is the 'Capgras delusion', a condition which makes you convinced that a loved one has been replaced by an exact replica with evil intentions.
Visitors is a ghost story with a message: be careful who you let in. This one involves slightly more activity on your part.
Each shows lasts 20 minutes.
Are they scary?
While there's nothing X-rated mentioned in either, these shows are deeply unsettling and require you to turn out the lights or keep your eyes closed for a prolonged period. If you're easily scared or afraid of the dark, stay away. It's recommended for ages 14 and above, so it's not suitable for young kids.
For more ways to enjoy theatre from the comfort of your own home, see which theatres are streaming past shows.
Be careful when selecting your date and time - this can't be changed once the tickets are purchased.
- Allow notifications on the Darkfield Radio app for reminders.
- Set your phone to “Do Not Disturb” so you're not interrupted.
- Close all other open apps before the show starts.
- Make sure you have a good internet connection and your phone is charged.
Extended: £15-£35 West End theatre tickets
35+ shows incl Les Misérables, The Lion KingExpired
'London Theatre Week' is back for a second year, and you can bag tickets to top West End plays and musicals for £15, £25 and £35 at TodayTix* until 11.59pm on Sun 15 Mar (extended from Sun 8 Mar). While it's labelled as a week-long event, you can actually book some performances as far ahead as October – though date availability varies by show.
Shows include the new production of Les Misérables at the recently revamped Sondheim Theatre, Endgame starring Daniel Radcliffe at the Old Vic, and The Seagull starring Emilia Clarke at the Playhouse Theatre – see ‘More info’ for the full list.
You can book tickets at the TodayTix website* or via its free app*. Select the show you want to see from the list of ‘London Theatre Week’ productions, and dates that include the cheap tickets will be highlighted. You’ll then be able to select the price band(s) included in the offer – this is clearly marked.
Unfortunately you can’t choose your seats – these are allocated for you, but you’ll be shown which seats you’re given before booking – see how to check the view from your seat before you buy.
The discounted seats won’t necessarily be the cheapest seats in the theatre, eg, £35 seats are likely to be the normally-top priced (non-premium) seats, but there may be regular-priced seats which are cheaper but further back or higher up from the stage.
Examples of top participating shows & discounts
Here are some of the top West End shows included in the offer – see 'More info' below for the full list. We’ve included the cheapest discounted price available and the normal cost if you were to buy direct from the theatre, checked on Mon 9 Mar.
- 9 to 5, Savoy Theatre - £15 (norm about £20 direct from the theatre)
- &Juliet, Shaftesbury Theatre - £15 (norm about £50)
- The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, Criterion Theatre - £15 (norm about £30.75)
- The Woman in Black, Fortune Theatre - £15 (norm about £29.50)
- Waitress, Adelphi Theatre - £15 (norm about £44, pictured above)
- Les Misérables, Sondheim Theatre - £25 (norm about £30)
- Mary Poppins, Prince Edward Theatre - £25 (norm £27.50)
- The Book of Mormon, Prince of Wales Theatre - £25 (norm £40)
- The Seagull, Playhouse Theatre - £35 (norm £62.50)
TodayTix won’t tell us how many discounted tickets are available but when we checked on Tue 25 Feb there were plenty performances which had these cheap seats. The discounted tickets won’t be available for every seat or performance, so it may take some trial and error and a bit of pot luck to find cheap seats for the date you want. It’ll help to be flexible with your dates and seats if you can. Some (but not all) shows have weekend availability, and these performances will likely be the first to go.
While this offer should make most tickets the cheapest around for those seats, be sure to compare prices with Official London Theatre, Ticketmaster and other ticket sellers to check you’re getting the very best deal.
If this doesn't sufficiently scratch your theatre itch, we've lots more thespian MoneySaving in our cheap theatre tickets guide, and if you’re planning a culture jaunt to London, see 40+ cheap things to do in London for more ideas.
- Come From Away
- Uncle Vanya
- The Doctor
- 9 to 5 The Musical
- A Number
- Everybody's Talking about Jamie
- The Comedy about a Bank Robbery
- The Watsons
- The Shark is Broken
- Thriller Live
- Baby Reindeer
- The Great Gatsby
- Kunene and the King
- Love, Love, Love
- On Blueberry Hill
- Only Fools and Horses the Musical
- The Woman in Black
- The Wedding Singer
- Mary Poppins
- The Book of Mormon
- The Life of Pi
- Mamma Mia!
- Be More Chill
- Les Miserables
- The Play that Goes Wrong
- Magic Goes Wrong
- Magic Mike
- The Lion King
- Only Fools and Horses
- The Visit
- The Seagull
Booking fees are included in the price. There's a maximum of six tickets allowed per booking. Your tickets might be 'collect from Box Office', delivery or 'print at home', depending on the show you book – this will be clearly shown before booking.