Savings champion Martin Lewis has revealed how you can get theatre tickets to London’s top shows for a tenner.
Speaking on Monday night’s Money Show he spoke out on ‘theatre lotteries’ and whether they actually work.
"Theatre lotteries aren’t gambling," he explained. "It’s just a not-so-well-known way that big companies sell tickets for £10."
If you find success, you can get tickets to huge West End shows for less than £20, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for £20,, Hamilton for £10 and Matilda for £25.
Here’s how it works
"You enter a draw, it’s always a free to play," Martin explained.
"And then if you get picked, you’ll get a ticket for either the show on the night of the draw or up to two weeks ahead."
He said it’s not just back-row seats either.
"Don’t think this is going to be a seat at the back, it can sometimes be at the front and wow is it cheap.
"You can get Harry Potter tickets for £20 each the Book of Mormon for £20.
"Why do they do it, well? they want to create a buzz on social media or get new theatre goers in. Some are just keen to fill up empty seats."
How to enter
They’re not easy to win, but ticket lotteries could get you in to some of the city’s most popular shows for a significant discount.
To find them, you can do a quick search online, but make sure your results are legitimate. Here’s our advice on how to spot a fake website.
Every Friday at 1pm an allocation of £20 tickets for shows in all three theatres at the National is released to buy online for the following week’s performances. Friday Rush tickets are available to book online and limited to two per customer for each show.
From 10am every day, you can also grab an entry form the Prince Edward Theatre for the chance to win two £25 tickets. Entries are accepted two and a half hours before that day’s performance, with the draw being made 30 minutes later.
Ticketing website What’s on Stage has a very handy guide on how and where to find London’s theatre ticket lotteries, here.
"If you can enter for free, do it, never pay if you don’t have to but make sure it’s legitimate," explained Martin.
"They’ll email if you win, and they you can pay and enjoy the show.
But, he said, it’s important to remember it’s NOT guaranteed. "It’s not a promise, it’s a lottery, it’s all about luck", he added.
What shows are available?
Here are some of the best ones we’ve found online:
Book of Mormon – There’s an online lottery, and also a Twitter lottery too for £20.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – There are 40 cheap tickets that go every Friday at 1pm at £20 per part – so they’ll be £40 from 1pm.
Hamilton – They’re offering lottery tickets too from £37.50 weekly plus a £1.25 booking fee too.
Aladdin – The Aladdin lottery is every Monday at 11am online and closes 11am on Tuesday. You can pick up to three performances for the following week. Winning tickets are £25.
More ways to get cheap theatre tickets
Alternatively, try these top tips to help you nab cheap theatre tickets to a hit West End show.
Showfilmfirst members can get free access to invite-only events and previews based on their preferences. But non-members can also get exclusive tickets by registering their interest online. It’s often new shows however right now you can get Book of Mormon tickets, Kinky Boots and Tom Hiddleston’s Betrayal for £20.
Look for discounts and sale offers. Sites like discounttheatre.com and www.discount-london.com are regularly updated with all the latest offers.
Book in advance. Especially true of big shows – try major outlets like londontheatredirect.com and Ticketmaster where pre-sale options are available.
Go for a package. If you’re not based in London, this is a great budget friendly way to enjoy a cultured night out. Lastminute.com, Virgin Experience Days and superbreaks.com all offer dining and theatre packages at various price points, allowing you to tailor the experience to suit you.
The Audience Club lets you discover new venues all over London and get tickets to first nights and previews of plays and concerts to help promote them. Membership is free but you pay £5.00 to the chosen charity.
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