London theatre trips this year
Going to the theatre is one of my passions and, being only a 30 minute train ride from central London, I have a wealth of excellent productions available. Of course, the price of tickets can be extortionate and as I would prefer to see more shows rather than pay for the best seats, I choose tickets balancing the cost against the seat location. I was interested to see how much I’m spending as I don’t think London theatre has to be expensive. I’m seeing more productions this year as I’ve missed out over the past couple of years.
Here are the trips I’ve booked so far:
25th Feb: A Number (Old Vic Theatre) – £13.50 (slightly restricted but more than acceptable side view)
11th Mar: Persuasion (Rose Theatre in suburbs) – £15 (side view but excellent seat)
18th Mar: To Kill a Mockingbird (Gielgud Theatre) – £15 (centre stalls with excellent view – originally the ticket was £50 so I passed on it; then I got a one-day flash sale offer)
6th Apr: The Human Voice (Harold Pinter) – £38.65 (rear stalls – sold as restricted view but wasn’t) – I rarely choose a play based on who’s in it but this one starred Ruth Wilson of Luther fame so I paid a bit more than usual.
20th May: Middle (National Theatre) – £20 (restricted view – interested to see in what way)
28th May: Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe) – £6 (standing – if this is all right, I’ll go more often!)
3rd Jun: Grease (Dominion Theatre) – £24
2nd Jul: The Seagull (Harold Pinter Theatre) – £49 (restricted view – interested to see in what way) – This one was cancelled from 2020 because of you know what and stars Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones fame. I think I went for the cheapest ticket but as I love Chekhov and I like her, I paid more than I would have wanted to.
That comes to a total of £181.15, an average of £22.64 per ticket. If you take out the two extravagant tickets where a premium has been added because of the pull of the actresses, the average comes down to £15.58 per ticket. I don’t think that’s bad at all for first class London theatre, where, for example, the most expensive ticket for Grease is £150.
London might have a reputation for being an expensive city but it is possible to have a great time on a budget.