* These are the offers I found when doing my research for this post, if you know of any others please let me know and I’ll add them to this guide!
Check before booking whether the venue you’re going to has a “young person” membership. This usually is for people under 25, the memberships are usually free to join and give great discounts such as;
£5 tickets are available for every production at the Almeida, usually for just the first week of performances. They also do a free performance for young people (under 25) during a show’s run. Simply enter the code 25UNDER when selecting seats, to see which dates they have tickets available for. You also get 25% off food and drink at the show!
* You have to act quick to get the £5 tickets as they sell very fast, I recommend signing up for emails so you know exactly when tickets go on sale.
If you join as a Young Arcola Member, which is free to do so. You can get Standard price seats for £15 or Value price seats for £10. These rates are available on all performances – including previews.
It is free to join their Young Barbican Scheme – which is available to 14-25 year olds. You can then get amazing discounts on theatre shows at the Barbican, as well as art exhibitions and £5 cinema tickets! You also get 10% off items within the shop at the Barbican. I saw Comedy of Errors at the Barbican and paid just £5 per ticket.
It is free to join their Young Bridge membership – which is available to Under 26 year olds. You then gain access to £15 tickets for each performance and offers for other regular discounted seats. The Bridge7.50 scheme allows those aged 16–25 to purchase two tickets for £7.50 each for selected shows. I saw Straight Line Crazy for £7.50.
The Bush Theatre has a free scheme called Bush Connect – this scheme is available for Under 26 year olds, and it gets you;
- £5 off on full price tickets
- Special ticket offers and notification of giveaways and competitions
- 10% discount at the Bush’s Library Bar, plus seasonal food and drink promotions
If you are aged 16-25 you can join the YOUNG + FREE list. Donmar Warehouse want to make their shows accessible to all, so they make 1000s of tickets available each year free. YOUNG+FREE tickets are offered by ballot to people signed up to our YOUNG+FREE list. There’s a link to the webpage below – you can fill in the form and subscribe to emails so you know when the ballots for each production open!
ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA
Fancy experiencing the Opera? If it’s your first Opera, you can join ENO FIRST for free and grab a £25 ticket to a performance. Or join ENO’s Under 35 membership (free) and get £35 stalls tickets, £25 dress circle & £15 upper circle tickets. Valid on all ENO productions on at the London Coliseum.
For every production and every performance, this theatre offers under 30 year olds and students £10 tickets. There are a limited number of tickets available so you’ll want to move quick – maybe sign up for emails so you know when shows go on sale!
KINGS HEAD THEATRE
Discounts are available for Under 30 year olds – only available on selected productions.
It is free to join as a Young Lyric Member and you can then grab £5 tickets to Main House Shows.
16-18 year olds can get £5 tickets / 19-25 year olds can get £10 tickets. Check their website to see what productions these tickets are available for. I’ve popped the link below for you…
It’s free to join as a Park Up Member – available for people aged 16-26! You can access benefits including;
- £10 tickets on all Park90 and Park200 productions during the first week of the run (subject to availability)
- £5 on the day rush tickets on selected shows
- 10% off food and drink in the all-day café bar
- Cheap Tuesdays! Discounted food or drink offers
- Discounted last minute rehearsal space hire
REGENT’S OPEN AIR
Become a Breeze Member for a one off fee of £10 and you can then purchase 2 x Band B tickets for £10 each, these are available for both preview performances and mid-week matinees. The membership lasts until your 26th Birthday, so you can access these rates until then!
Under 18s save 50% on selected performances – available on Monday – Thursday evening and Thursday matinee performances, valid for all tickets excluding Price Band AA.
ROYAL COURT THEATRE
This theatre has understood that the pandemic has robbed us of time, so they’ve extended their discounts to include under 27s!! Access a discounted rate of just £12 at selected performances, tickets are limited so snap them up quick.
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
It’s free to join as a Young ROH Member and book £25 tickets for ballet, theatre and opera productions – there are a limited number of these tickets available for each performance, so book well in advance. Also, it’s worth noting that when you book tickets with this discount, you can only book 1 – so if you are going with someone you both need to be signed up as a member and book 1 ticket each.
ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY – MATILDA (WEST END)
A number of tickets are reserved for every performance at £10. Available on the day of performance in person from 10am at the Cambridge Theatre Box Office. This offer is for individuals aged 16 to 25 who must make the booking themselves. Maximum of 1 ticket per person and proof of age ID will be required. Tickets will be allocated entirely at the discretion of the Box Office.
In partnership with Barclay’s Dance pass they offer £10 tickets for 16-30 year olds. Allowing young people to experience dance productions. Sign up to Barclay’s Dance Pass on the Sadlers Wells website.
Discounts available for people aged 25 and under – the discounts seem to be just a couple of pounds but every little helps!
THE YARD THEATRE
If you’re aged 26 and under you can get £5 tickets on the door to all performances that are not sold out with #NoEmptySeats.
The Young Vic offer a number of £10 tickets for every production for full time students and people aged 25 and under. This discount has a strictly limited availability, so booking in advance is recommended. You will be asked for proof of age or full-time student status when you enter the auditorium.
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