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Buy theatre tickers in advanced or not

I need the experts to chime in. Do we purchase theatre tickets in advanced.... We are considering seeing: Judy Garland, We will rock you, blood brothers and/or Chicago.

I know there are half price tickets at Leicester Square...but I would rather avoid those lines and the waste of time. We are there in london 11/28


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1. Re: Buy theatre tickers in advanced or not

I am not an expert but I would say to buy ahead. The amount of time you should buy them in advance is the question. If the show is very very popular, you might want to go ahead and purchase the tickets asap. But many shows you can buy relatively last minute tickets on websites such as www.lastminute.com We bought some of their "tickets for a tenner" about two weeks before the show and had very good seats. If you want top notch seats in the best locations, then by all means buy early so you can choose your seats. If you're willing to take lesser seats for lesser prices, you can find some deals about. Usually one of the forum regulars (ElinV, I think) keeps a handy list of links for those of us who ask! Hopefully she will pitch in on this one.

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I'm not an expert either but I buy my tickets in advance so I can get the best seats and just show up on the night to collect my tickets. Last trip I found myself with a spare day so finally took the plunge and went down to the ticket booth and that wasted far too much of my precious time. It might be OK if you are staying within a quick walk of the booth but having to travel there, then wait in line was too time consuming and prevented me doing something else with my day. Never again.

While the savings are huge my time is worth far more on an international holiday. I mostly attend drama and comedy and they often sell out or have poor seats left on the day if it is getting good reviews so booking ahead is essential. Not so much with the musicals.

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If you want to be sure of seeing a certain show on a certain date, getting the best possible seat and/or saving time - book in advance.

Here's the list - just compare and contrast to find the best combination of price and seat location. (See Theatremonkey.)

They aren't "lesser seats" - I've had many great ones through these sites, only at a discounted price. (For example when I saw The Woman in Black, the seat next to mine (in the stalls, not too far back) was full price. I got 50% off. The view of the stage was the same.)











Official websites of individual shows













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Just to spell it out, there's no need to use the "official" TKTS booth in Leicester Square to get discounted tickets. To the long list provided by the previous poster, let me add yet another on-line discount broker, www.londontheatrebookings.com. This outfit also has numerous brick-and-mortar locations around the theatre district, ranging from storefronts to hole-in-the-wall booths, that we've used for many years.

For highly popular musicals, you may find that discounted or even full-price tickets are unavailable even long in advance. But a day or two before the performance, the discounter I just named (and doubtless others) often gets unsold tickets that had been block-booked and then released by other agencies. So if you can't get what you want in advance, don't give up hope, just try again closer to the performance date.

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We saw We Will Rock You in September and got the tix through Broadwaybox.com. Since the show has been running for a while I think we got a pretty good price and could choose wherever we wanted to sit. No need to stand in line.

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I've never had trouble buying tickets from TCKTS in Leicester square. Even on a weekend I was usually behind only two or three others and got fab seats. The only time I didn't use them was when I wanted tickets for Wicked--they weren't discounted yet. So we went to the box office and got great, well priced tickets that day. Simples.

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You've mentioned that the date you are in London is 28 November. This is a Sunday, and there are limited shows on in the West End on Sunday as most theatres, unlike Broadway, are dark. The shows that are on: The Lion King (matinee), Thriller Live (matinee and evening), Stomp and Jersey Boys (matinee only).

All but The Lion King were available at tkts today (Sunday). See www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk for more information under the tkts tab.

If you are in London from 28 November, then tkts is a great option for the shows you mention from Monday through Thursday but you may want to consider buying in advance for anything on a Friday or Saturday. All the shows you mentioned bar Judy Garland (End of the Rainbow) have been running for some time and are discounted especially Monday through Thursday...check www.theatremonkey.com Special offers to see the range of specials on offer.

The Judy Garland show End of the Rainbow has been at tkts. LondonTheatreDirect also has a special offer discounting to 33.50GBP til December you might be interested in londontheatredirect.com/play/868/End-Of-The-…

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