It is really worth the time keeping on top of theatre ticket deals for the West End. I managed to get two £10 tickets for top price seats to Spamalot this evening, a saving of more than £100. I spotted the flash sale by Love Theatre on their Twitter feed and jumped at the deal. I’m always on the lookout for these bargains and Twitter definitely seems to be the best way to do it.
If you follow the right accounts you can save a bundle but you must be prepared to be reasonable with your dates. It is very rare that the right deal for the right show is going to be there exactly when you want it. These deals are often better for those shows that you think you wouldn’t mind seeing one day, never the ones you’re desperate to see right now. And be realistic – don’t read this and start looking out for that bargain ticket for a top price seat forThe Book of Mormon on your mum’s birthday. It’s just not going to happen! You’re more likely to be looking at the shows that are nearing the end of their runs or are having a blip in their ticket sales. It doesn’t tend to be the high flyers that are filling theatres daily but never say never; you could get lucky.
Aside from Love Theatre (@lovetheatrecom), I would also recommend Bargain Theatre (@BargainTheatre). As one of the most regularly updated discount ticket Twitter accounts, you can expect quite a good string of tweets with good deals both on the big West End musicals as well as other smaller London shows. They also lay out their tweets nice and clearly so if you’re just browsing on your lunch break a good bargain catches your eye very easily.
Another top Twitter account for bargains is London Theatre Booking (@TheatreBiz). The best for advertising returns and last minute availability, sometimes throwing in some VIP deals at the O2, but you have to be quick. Their returns tend to get snapped up within minutes. I must say they are also very good for a nice bit of theatre gossip; they must have a good lead somewhere in town!
If you want a good mix of bargains and theatre news, follow LondonTheatre1.com (@LondonTheatre1) and Musical Theatre News (@TheatreSpy). Both are quick on the West End news stories and also throw out some nice discount ticket deals occasionally.
If you’re not fussy and fancy seeing a show, Twitter’s is the best way to get a bargain. Happy Follow Friday!