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DAY SEATS are normally available ONLY to personal callers at the box office on the day of performance, from the time the box office opens at 10am.*
They are normally limited to 1 or 2 per person.
The monkey always advises taking both cards and cash in case one is preferred over the other. Check with the box office before travelling if this policy is still in operation.
REMEMBER: SITUATIONS VARY ON A DAY BY DAY BASIS, AND ADVICE GIVEN HERE COULD EASILY CHANGE AT ANY TIME.
Also remember that quite often, box offices will try to assist others in line once "day seats" are sold out, and if there is no official policy anyway, box office staff will also do plenty to sell you a ticket.
Unsold "day seats" sometimes turn up online at the venue's official website, or can be bought by telephone from the official box office too.
For other advice on how to get sold out tickets, click here.

The list is based on information known AND MAY NOT BE APPLICABLE TO ALL PERFORMANCES.
Also included are productions due to begin performances soon, but which may not yet have opened.

For the National Theatre and other venues that present productions in repertoire, please see their individual listings pages / websites.
ALL details are given in good faith, but Theatremonkey.com cannot accept responsibility for any changes or error, nor subsequent losses incurred.
Also, do note that it can't advise in advance about "the right time to get into line," on any specific day, as it can vary so much, so please use other readers' comments below as your guide!
As a rule, the nearer a show gets to its final performance, the earlier you have to arrive for day seats...

*Remember: Box Office opening times may vary - one reader notes that Ambassador Theatre Group and Delfont Mackintosh Theatre Group venues may not open until 12 noon on public holiday dates. Also, some box offices may not start selling day seats until 30 minutes or so after they open for business. Please be patient, as staff have a lot to do at the beginning of each day.

IN LINE NOW? TELL US WHAT'S HAPPENING!
JUST TWEET "#dayseat"


 
Reader of this page, in line for "day seats" (top, left to right), "Fatal Attraction" in March 2014, "Scottsboro Boys" in November 2014, "Forming a perfect queue of 1 at 'Memphis' in June 2015, "Miss Saigon" in December 2014, "Mephis" in November 2014, "Made In Dagenham" in November 2014, "Curious Incident" in June 2016, "Nell Gwynn" in March 2016, The poster assures us that the person behind is a) not in line and b) ONLY sleeping... no violence was involved in obtaining that particular place in the queue..., "Curious Incident" in April 2016, "Wicked" April 2016, "Richard III" in August 2016, "Curious Incident" August 2016, "Groundhog Day" August 2016, The Lion King, October 2016, No Man's Land, November 2016, "Wicked" December 2016, "Wicked" June 2017, "Lion King" November 2017, "Long Day's Journey Into Night" April 2018, "Lion King" August 2018, "Home I'm Darling" September 2018, "Everybody's Talking About Jamie" September 2018.
A nice "fan piece" about her experiences is also available here: thriftytheatrethinker.
And another, by a Spanish visitor: musicalsaregreat.wordpress.com

 

or feel free to email us on the usual address.

 

Theatre Name / Show Title Usual
Location
Likely Number of seats Price Notes / Reader Experiences
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Adelphi
Waitress
Box office choice. Box office choice. £25
MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY performances ONLY.

Reader reports:
Tuesday 12th February 2019. 2nd in line at 8:10am... First person got here 6.30am. 3rd and 4th showed up 5 minutes later. Got stalls P 6 and 7.

Aldwych
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Box office choice. Box office choice. £15
£15 Lottery: Enter online at: tinathemusical.com/lottery
Apply for any MONDAY TO THURSDAY EVENING performance within a 2 week period. If you win, you will be contacted 3 to 5 days ahead of the performance, and will have 24 hours in which to book the actual tickets.
Winners are contacted via email. Maximum 2 tickets per application.

Nothing at the box office. A reader notes:
Thursday 12th April 2018. Arrived at 9.08am, with one Person waiting from 9am. Third at 9.35am. At 10am we're 5 waiting. No tickets, and the will be none for the rest of the week.

Ambassadors
Songs For Nobodies
Stalls Row A 10 £25 From 10am.

Reader reports:
Friday 18th January 2019. Arrived at 7.45pm. Got a front row day seat at £25. 2 more day seats stayed free.

Apollo, Shaftesbury Avenue
Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Box office discretion /
Stalls row B
Box office discretion
/
14
£20
/
£20

From 10am, maximum 2 per person.
/
App TodayTix are offering "Lottery tickets" for all performances. Released for the performance on that day, at midnight and with winners notified 2 to 4 hours before the show. Download the App from Todaytix, to allow you to enter the draw.

Reader reports:
Thursday 9th November 2017. Got seats G1 and 2 stalls for £25 at around 10:45am (3rd preview).
Tuesday 21st November 2017. first in line at 9:35am :) Got dress circle row F, as they said it was a busy day.
Thursday 30th November 2017. Got there at 10.25am, E5 in the stalls.
Saturday 2nd December 2017. 08.50am - first one here!
Monday 4th December 2017. 1st in line at 9:45am. Got front of stalls.
Tuesday 5th December 2017. 2 in line at 9.40am.
Friday 5th January 2018. 10:20am, and they did front rows on the end, B5 and B6, £20 each.
Thursday 11th January 2018. Arrived 8:50am first one there. 4 by the time doors open. Front row stalls.
Saturday 13th January 2018. we arrived at 9.30am to be 3rd in queue.
Saturday 20th January 2018. Got here at 8.55am, 2nd and 3rd in line. Around  15 people when the doors opened. We got Stalls B17 and 18 for the matinee.
Saturday 20th January 2018. Me 7:30am = Got Front Row Stalls Ends - B5+B6. 2-3- 8:55am (They Got Other End of Front Row). 4-5 - 9:00am, 6-7 - 9:15am. 8 - 9:20am, 15 - 9:45am, around 20 - 10am.
Thursday 25th January 2018. 10am, only me in the queue! I was offered centre of front row ( row b ) for £20 each, or any other available seats for £25 each. as I had heard there was a high stage for this show, I opted for the second choice and was given D 11 and 12.
Saturday 27th January 2018. Walked up Shaftesbury Avenue at 9.30am this morning. 4 in line.
Tuesday 30th January 2018. Arrived to theatre around 10.05am - 4 people in front of me at the box office. Overheard that day seats were gone but was offered seats in stalls - R14/15 for £25pp!
Thursday 8th February 2018. Arrived at 10.10am.
Offered last Day Seat in Dress Circle Row F for £25.
Saturday 10th February 2018. Arrived at 9am with 3 people waiting (First from 8.25am). 9.20am, six waiting for the Matinee, first couple arrived waiting for evening at 9.30am. 13 in line by then, and 18 at 10am. The guy start selling at 10.05am but just 3 Seats for Matinee - side of first row - for £20. Then he changed sell to people waiting for the evening and sold 4 seats Left and right in Row B for £20.
After that, day seats were gone and he offered reduced £25 seats to the waiting line.
So I got Row B in Dress Circle for £25.
There were a lot less than 14 day seats today.

Saturday 17th February 2018. 1st in line at 8.15am, next people came around 8.45am. We got E28 and 29 in the dress circle for £25.
Thursday 22nd February 2018. Got there 8:55am second in queue, bloke in front had been there about 10 minutes. 4 in queue by opening, although they only seemed to have 4 £20 days seats and then offered stalls seats for £25.
Friday 16th March 2018. 1 person at 9.40am. Still only person at 10am, got centre front row seats.
Saturday 24th March 2018. 3rd in line at 8.55am. Got B17, B18, one seat in dress circle box B and grand circle D7 for this evening. Apparently it’s a busy one tonight!
Thursday 12th April 2018. 9:10am, noticed one in line.
Tuesday 2nd May 2018. Third in line at 9:39am on Wednesday matinee day. Offered front row for £20 but took row G seats in the middle for £25 each. One more person joined the queue as the doors opened at 10am.
Tuesday 2nd May 2018. Second at 8:55am in light drizzle, 3rd at 9:30am – no one else till the box office opened. I was offered a choice between seats up front for £20 or £25 for Stalls F7. Luckily I chose F7 as the stage is very high and would have been quite a bit above eye level in front row. The view from F7 is near perfect.
Friday 15th June 2018. got there at 9.15am. Two more turned up at 9.45am. they were selling the 2 edge seats each side of front row as day tickets - and said that other stalls for £25 can only be sold once the front row day tickets have gone.
Tuesday 19th June 2018. I arrived at the theatre around 10.30am and they had one seat left - they said they only sell 4 day seats to callers each morning, nothing else. But when I failed in the @TodayTixUK lottery, I was offered 65 quid seats for 29.50 including booking fee.
Tuesday 10th July 2018. Popped in at 9.50am, no one else there. One other person when it opened ten minutes later. Was offered front row at £20 or end of row F for £25 - took row F for the full view!
Friday 24th August 2018. I arrived at about 8:10am, second one there. there were 6 of us by the time it opened (but 2 not buying for today). Got £25 dress circle seats instead of the £20 front row as I think it would have been a bit too restricted view for my height.
Tuesday 28th August 2018. I am the first person here at 8.36am. The next people arrived at 9.15am and a further couple at 9.40am. A further couple arrived shortly after 10am as I was leaving the box office. I was offered B5  and B6 day seats ( end of front row) for £20 each or seats in upper circle. Couple behind me purchased day seats for the end seats at the opposite end if the front row.
Saturday 15th September 2018. Arrived 8.15am. 5th in the queue. First two people buying for evening show. Offered 2 of the 4 day seats available but asked for £25 seats. Got row R2 & 3. Great seats.
Saturday 15th September 2018. 7:25am - 1st in line. 7:40am - second, 8:15am - 3rd came, 8:20am - 4, 8:45am - 5-6, 9:30am - 7-10 people, 10am - 15 people. I got B16 and 17 for £20 each.
Wednesday 3rd October 2018. 11am. Got day seats for matinee. Row B dress circle at the side, £20.
Monday 29th October 2018. We arrived at about 9am and were the only two people there until 9.30, when one more person arrived. A further two people arrived just as the box office opened at 10am. We wanted 3 seats, and were offered split seats at either end of the front row (the only front row seats were two at each end, I believe the rest are reserved for the lottery). We requested to sit further back due to other reports of the stage being quite high and managed to get K20-22 for £25 each. Normally £65 so we are pretty chuffed with that!
Saturday 3rd November 2018. 8am, 2 people. 7 people at 8:40am.
Monday 26th November 2018. Arrived at 10:05am and walked straight in. I was hanging around before and there were around 5 people queuing. All front row had gone but got seats F1-2 in stalls for £25, which I wanted instead of front row. Lady in box office very nice about it.
Friday 4th January 2019. 8.47am. Snuck over to check out Jamie, only 2-3 people there.
Saturday 5th January 2019. Arrived at 9.04am and there are 4 people already here waiting.
Tuesday 22nd January 2019. 3rd in line at 8:20am, only two more joined before it opened.
Saturday 26th January 2019. Went to the theatre at 11pm. 5 people in line at 2am.
Wednesday 30th January 2019. I arrived at 10am exactly and was 9th in line. Got front row B17!

Apollo Victoria
Wicked
Stalls row A 24 £29.50 The most notorious day seat line in London. Battle the obsessive fans and you could get lucky. Read more here - including "day seat" reports going back to 2013. A reader feels that 8am is the latest you can arrive on most days.
 NOTE THAT ON IMPORTANT DATES - INCLUDING "CAST CHANGE" DATES - DAY SEATS WILL BE LIMITED to 1 TICKET PER PERSON.
The most recent "day seat" reports are below:
Friday 2nd June 2017. I arrived at 6am, first one there.
At about 7:15am, an Apollo Victoria Theatre employee told me that the box office is on the other side. I got there to find one guy there, who had been since 6.15am. The next people arrived about 8:00am and 8:30am there were 10 people and 9:30am - 18 folks.
I got A22 and A23 - the guy in front had A24 and A25.
Thursday 8th June 2017. Was first at 6:50am! Nobody else arrived till 8am; 4 in the queue at 8:05am. About 17 in line at 10am.
Saturday 10th June 2017. arrived at 7:15am, 8th in line and got A22 and 23 for the matinee.
Saturday 10th June 2017. Arrived at 9:30am, and box office opened at 10am. We were 28/29 in the queue. 10.25 am, we got two front row seats A17/18 for £29.50 each for Matinee.
Friday 14th July 2017. First in line at 7.10am. One tip I picked up from a friend was to grab a free newspaper on the way out of Victoria - a slight buffer against the cold concrete. Second and third people arrived together at 7:40am, and there's about 16 at 9.05am. About 26 in line at 9.50am. 30 by 10am.
Saturday 15th July 2017. 5th in queue at 6:20am. Too many to count by 9am.
Thursday 10th August 2017. Arrived 9am and was 13th in line. Got seats A32 and 33.
Thursday 17th August 2017. Morning! Just passed by, and it looked like about 12 waiting at 8:25am!
Saturday 26th August 2017. 8:55am and 16 in the queue.
Tuesday 5th September 2017. 4th in line at 8:30am, 7 people here now at 9:15am.
Saturday 4th November 2017. 2nd in the queue at 7.10am. About 25 people here at 9.45am.
Wednesday 8th November 2017. Despite turning up at 9:40am there were only 8 or 9 people in front... gotta love a midweek not school holidays queue.
Saturday 25th November 2017.  8am and we're 5th in line. Got front row.
Saturday 9th December 2017. Arrived 8.30am, were about 18th in line, we got the second last set of 2 front row tickets (one was restricted view) on the side of the front row.
Friday 5th January 2018. I was the first to arrive at 07:45am. Two people arrived together at 07:47am. Two more people arrived together at 07:59am. It’s now 08:55am and there are a total of 16 people in the queue. 25 by the time I left.
Saturday 6th January 2018. I arrived around 7:30am and there was a group of 3 friends waiting already (since 6:30am, they told me), but I was right behind them (so 4th in line). After me, people kept coming slowly but constantly and by the time I left there were too many to count.
Saturday 13th January 2018. 1 other person at 7:45am, then 4 more arrived by 7:50am!
Saturday 20th January 2018.I joined the queue at around 8am, and I had 13 people in front of me.
Monday 22nd January 2018. 19 at 10am.
Wednesday 7th February 2018. (two show day)
Arrived 7:38am, 8 people already standing in line. 18 people at 10am. Got A26 A27 front row centre for matinee, £29.50 each and paid with card, but the card machine was broken.
Thursday 15th February 2018.  Pretty quiet. I’d say no more than 15 by the time the box office opened.
Wednesday 21st February 2018. 8:25am, just 8th.
Saturday 3rd March 2018. Arrived 9:50am, approx 18 already in line, got A26/27 for matinee.
Monday 5th March 2018. Got A29 and A30 after turning up at 10:10am this morning.
Thursday 8th March 2018. Arrived at 11:30am and got day seats row A 16 and 17.
Monday 9th April 2018. 7.50am and was 10th in line despite fact it was raining. Got A33 & A34 at £29.50 each.
Monday 7th May 2018. First in line at 9am, around 20 in the queue when I left the box office just after 10am.
Thursday 17th May 2018. 11:15am and I got A32, fresh from Gatwick!
 Saturday 26th May 2018: Arrived 9.35am, 22nd in the queue, got three tickets for the matinée, A32-34 (third-, fourth-, and fifth-most seats from the left on the front row).
Friday 15th June 2018. Got there at 9am, fourth in line - by 9.30am only about 10-15 in line. When we left, maybe 20 total in line. The gentleman at the box office also said that they only give out front row seats (Row A) and there are only 24.
Saturday 7th July 2018. 1st in line at 6:30am.
Wednesday 11th July 2018. arrived at 6.20am, first in line. Next person arrived at 6.50am.
Tuesday 7th August 2018. 9:10am, got A33 + A32.
Friday 17th August 2018. 6:05am - 1st - other than Homeless guy. 7am - 5 people total, 7:10am - 9 people total, 8:10am - 12 people total, 10am around 30 people.
Monday 27th August 2018. Second in line at 8.20am. Turns out we were at the wrong entrance. 16th in line at 8.42am.  We got lucky and got two seats in the front row! A15 and A16. Absolutely fantastic show.
Tuesday 4th September 2018. 2 at 8am, 6 at 10am.
Thursday 18th October 2018. 9:10am, 4th in line.
Wednesday 24th October 2018. 06.53am arrived. Third in line. 07.24am 1 more, 07.46am 2 more, 07.55am 1 more, 07.58am 1 more, 07.59am 4 more, 08.11am 2 more, 24 at 9am, 30+ at 10am. I asked for and got A18 & 19 as we like to be on an aisle.
Very friendly line, lots of chatting and offers of biscuits.
Thursday 22nd November 2018. 9 am, 3 people waiting.
Friday 8th February 2019. Came around 8:40am and was 14th, but became 20th by the opening time cos it seems that people think it’s ok to hold place in queue for all their friends and neighbours. Got the LAST day seat! A36.
Arts
Six
Box office discretion for both Box office discretion for both
£25 App TodayTix are offering £25 "Rush tickets" for all performances. Released for the performance on that day, first-come, first-served. Download the App from Todaytix, unlock the "Rush Ticketing" feature by sharing on Facebook or Twitter, and that will allow you to buy tickets.

Barbican Theatre, Concert Hall, Pit
If there is a production here that has popular "day seat" lines, details will be listed under EXTRA EVENTS below the main listings.
Bridge
Alys, Always
      No policy announced.
Cambridge
Matilda
Upper Circle rows G to K 16 £5 For those aged 16 to 25 ONLY. Limited to 1 per person, and may be paid for in cash or by credit card and PROOF OF AGE IS REQUIRED. The booking must be done by the person who will be using the ticket. Other seats may be substituted.
A reader advises arriving 3 hours before the box office opens.

For Everybody: Online Ticket Lottery at http://uk.matildathemusical.com/lottery/
A chance to win the right to buy two top non-premium price tickets for £25 each. Entries can be made at any time for any performances within a two-week period. Winners will be notified by email 3 to 5 days before the show date, and will have 24 hours from then to book the actual tickets.

For earlier reports, click here.
Sunday 2nd October 2016. For the 3pm show, I got stalls O22 reduced to £47.50 purchased at 2pm.
Friday 4th November 2016. 5th in queue. Arrived 9:10am.
Sunday 20th November 2016. 8:00am, first in line. 3 at 8.50am. 8 at 9.10am. 9 at 9.11am.
Friday 27th January 2017. 7th at 8:30am.
Sunday 29th January 2017. Arrived at 8am, 7th in line. Next 4 at 8:20am. Next 4 at 8:30am. 25 by opening. Got G12 in the upper circle.
Tuesday 31st January 2017. About 14 people at 9:45am.
Saturday 25th February 2017. got 2 for the matinee at 10.05am.
Thursday 9th March 2017. Walked past at 8:36am, and there were only 2 in line.
Sunday 19th March 2017. Arrived at 7.25am, 5th in line.
Friday 7th April 2017. 4 people waiting at 8:20am. 8 at 8.55am.
Thursday 20th April 2017. Only me waiting at 8.55am.
Sunday 23rd April 2017. three people in line at 9:09am. :)
Wednesday 26th April 2017. 4 people at 8:20am. At 9:51am there are 9 people in line:).
Sunday 30th April 2017. I arrived at 8:46am, and there was no one else in line so I guess I'm first! It's a little bit confusing as to where to line up because there are five entrances to the theatre that all seem viable, but it's the left gated entrance (right opposite the sign that says "Upper Circle") according to the man who came out and pointed us this way. I'll let you know if this turns out to be incorrect.
At 8:54am there are 7 people in line so it looks like everyone arrives around the same time!
Tuesday 2nd May 2017. Arrived at 9am, there was 1 person in the queue. At 9:15am there were 8 in line.
Tuesday 9th May 2017. First in line at 8.56am. 5 by opening time.
Wednesday 21st June 2017. About 15-20 people in line at 9:29am.
Sunday 9th July 2017. First in the queue at 8am today! 9 (us 5, and 4 others) in the queue at 8:42am.
Wednesday 16th August 2017. Arrived at 9am and were 15th and 16th in line. Not a lot of options for seats, restricted view only.
Saturday 9th September 2017. 1st in line at 8:10am.
Saturday 30th September 2017. Got there 6.45am. Was 6th in line.
Sunday 26th November 2017.  1st in line at 8:10am. Next person came at 8:40am.
Sunday 7th January 2018. 2nd and 3rd at 8.20am, next people arrived around 8.40am.
Sunday 21st January 2018. We were 1st & 2nd at 7.45am, 3rd arrived at 8.05am, 4th & 5th at 8.35am.
Saturday 10th February 2018. Got there at 9am, I was 8th in queue. 14 there by 9:45am and that was it until opening. Got H1 for matinee.
Saturday 24th February 2018. 9th in line at 9.15am.
Sunday 4th March 2018. Arrived 9:50am, approx 7 already in line, got Upper Circle J26/27/28.
Sunday 1st April 2018. 2nd and 3rd in line at 8.15am. about 10 by opening. Pretty sure we all got something.
Wednesday 2nd May 2018. Arrived at 8:45am, was 2nd in line. 6 people in line by opening. Got G12 for the evening.
Sunday 13th May 2018. Arrived at 8am, 4th in line. Next 1 at 8:05am. Next 1 at 8:40am. Next 2 at 8:50am. 11 by opening. Got seat G12 in the upper circle.
Sunday 20th May 2018. Got a great upgrade from the restricted view upper circle to row C25/26 in the Dress Circle.
Sunday 5th August 2018. early one for a change - only 8:05am and already 6 people queuing. Hasn't been this busy in ages and I've done the past 2/3/4 weekends in a row.
Sunday 16th September 2018. arrived at 9.05am, about 6th in line.
Tuesday 16th October 2018. First two people at 9am, only people still at 9:30am.
Thursday 1st November 2018. Arrived at 10:06am (box office opened at 10am) for the 5 pound student day seats. No line at the box office and received the last ticket which was in the Upper Circle.
Saturday 24th November 2018. Already a big queue at 8.45am.
Sunday 30th December 2018. 9am. First time at Matilda since cast change and it's a busy one for two show day.... counting now there's 18 in the queue.
Tuesday 29th January 2019. Arrived late at 10:10am, there was no longer a line and I got the very last day ticket, G12 Upper Circle.

Charing Cross
Violet
      No policy announced.
Criterion
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
      DISCOUNT: A limited number of top non-premium price seats are available in advance at www.criterion-theatre.co.uk for Tuesday and both Sunday performances reduced to £25 each (plus £1.25 per ticket booking fee and optional £2 per booking, not per ticket, postage fee if required and time allows. Choose your seats at full price, and use code "Tuesdays" or "Sundays" in the discount code box on the "checkout" page to claim this discount. May not be available on "peak" dates and is subject to a fixed quota. When that is sold, tickets are at normal prices.

One reader noted in 2018:
Stalls J18 - Great seat. I got this at a £25 "Day Rate", an offer apparently this offer is only available on Tuesdays and Sundays, about an hour before the Sunday matinee.

Dominion
No current production.
       
Donmar Warehouse
Berberian Sound Studio
Rear circle standing 20 £10
For all performances EXCEPT on Press Night. From 10am online, by phone or to personal callers at the box office.
They advise booking online, though the same tickets are available through all sources.
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Closed for refurbishment
       
Duchess
The Play That Goes Wrong
      No policy.
Duke Of York's
Home, I'm Darling

Stalls row AA
10 £25
Available from 10am. Maximum 2 tickets per person. Once these have been sold, there may be extra tickets, location at box office discretion, at £35 each,  subject to availability.

Reader reports:
Friday 1st February 2019. 8.20am and there's two of us here. 5 by the time the box office opened at 10am.


Fortune
The Woman In Black
      No policy.
Garrick
Rip It Up
     
No policy announced.
Gielgud
Company

Stalls front row, plus others at Box Office discretion Box office discretion £25 Maximum 2 per person, available from 10am. Usually will include front row as well as other seats.

App TodayTix are offering £25 "Rush tickets" for all performances. Released for the performance on that day, first-come, first-served. Download the App from Todaytix, unlock the "Rush Ticketing" feature by sharing on Facebook or Twitter, and that will allow you to buy tickets.

 UNDER 25: Best available top non-premium price £79.50 seats reduced to £25 at Thursday Afternoon performances ONLY. For those aged 16 to 25. Bookable in advance at https://www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/tickets/company/. Use the link for "Company Student Rate" near the bottom of the page. Proof of age required when collecting tickets.

Reader reports:
Wednesday 26th September 2018. First preview. Here at 7am and no one else in the queue. Got front row A12 and 13. Apparently they were the only ones available on front row as person behind me got row B.
Wednesday 26th September 2018. I showed up at the Gielgud at 9am. I had five people ahead and we were 10 by the time the box office opened. Seats are in row A of stalls, and you can also pay with credit card.
Wednesday 3rd October 2018. In row L stalls!! 10th in line at 9am, another 10 behind me when box office opened.
Saturday 13th October 2018. Arrived 6.50am for Company, 4 already in the queue. Next person along at 7am, 25-30 by 10am. Got row B stalls for the matinee.
Saturday 13th October 2018. Arrived 7:35am and I'm number 9.
Wednesday 24th October 2018. 1st in line at 8:03am, 8:55am 6 people in line, 9 at 9:30am.
Wednesday 24th October 2018. 3rd in the queue at 08:10am, 14 in total by the time the Box Office opened (10am sharp!), got Stalls A14.
Friday 26th October 2018. 6 people in dayseat line at 8:45am. I got B8 and 9 in the Dress Circle! 10 people in the line by 10am.
Monday 29th October 2018. Arrived at 9 am. I'm Number 7 in line. 9 at 9.25am.
Friday 2nd November 2018. I was first to arrive at 6:30am. Three of us here by 8:20am.
Friday 2nd November 2018 Arrived at 9:25am and was 10th in line. Was offered seats G16-18 in the Dress Circle for £27.50.
Saturday 3rd November 2018. 5 people at 8am. At 8:40am, 9 people.
Wednesday 7th November 2018. Arrived at 8.40am, was second in queue. Only 3 of us by 10 am.
Thursday 8th November 2018. Arrived at 9am, 7 in queue, 15 by 10am. People getting a mix of evening and matinee.
Friday 9th November 2018. I got in the queue at around 9:50am and was number 7 in line. I got 1 ticket, which was Dress Circle B6.
Wednesday 14th November 2018. Arrived at 8.45am, 5 people already here. 1 more person arrived a few minutes later at 8.47am.
 Saturday 17th November 2018: Showed up about 10:20am, no queue by then. Only single seats available, but got R1 stalls for the evening show for £25.
Saturday 24th November 2018. Arrived at 7:57am, four people before me. By 9am there were Eleven people waiting (Of which several were there for two tickets). I got 12 & 13 on row A, friend straight behind me had 9 &10 on row B for the evening. By 10 the line had still grown a lot but I couldn't count as it went around the side of the building.
Tuesday 27th November 2018. 2nd in line at 7.50am.  I got Stalls A12 and 13. There were around 15 people by the time the box office opened.
Saturday 1st December 2018. 8.05am. Currently 9th in the queue. Got Row B in the stalls for the matinee. People in front got evening tickets and they seemed to be quite dotted across the theatre.
Monday 3rd December 2018. Got there at 8.15am and was the only person in the queue for about an hour. Four or five more people had arrived when box office opened at 10am. Got stalls middle of front row.
Thursday 13th December 2018. It's 6:30 am and we're first ones in line. (Actually we've already been here for a bit, if I'd known I would've napped a bit longer).
Friday 4th January 2019. 4th in line at 8.47am this morning!
Friday 25th January 2019. Arrived at 9.15am. Only 1 person in front of me.
Wednesday 13th February 2019. Arrived 9.40am. 3rd in line. Offered Row B stalls. 7 in queue when box office opened at 10am.

Gillian Lynne
(formerly New London)

School of Rock
Box office discretion Box office discretion £20 Available each morning from 10am - including Sundays. Limited to two tickets per person. Seats are allocated at the discretion of the Box Office Manager.
ALSO
STUDENTS: Wednesday Evenings, can buy tickets for £10 from the box office at 6.30pm. I.D. required, cash only, and some performances will be excluded.
ALSO
LOTTERY: Winners are allowed to buy up to 2 best stalls (ground level) seats for £15 each. Enter once for every 2 week period, with winners notified 4 days before the show. See
https://uk.schoolofrockthemusical.com/lottery/
for details.

Reader reports:
Latest ones are below. For earlier ones, click here.
Sunday 30th July 2017.  Spur of the moment decision at 2pm to see @SchoolOfRockUK at 3pm! Stall seats K55-57 for £25 each.
Sunday 13th August 2017. 8 people already there when I arrived at 9.15am. Next 4 people joined at 9.25am. 16 of us in the queue at 10am. Got F45 in the Stalls for £20.
Sunday 13th August 2017. got here at 9:27am, 9 people in front of us. Got N25 to N28 stalls - sounds like a deal :D.
Wednesday 16th August 2017. First in queue at 9:47am. Only 2 in queue when opened at 10am. Did not need credit card, paid in theatre tokens. Got C26 in stalls.
Wednesday 23rd August 2017. 3rd in queue at 9:35am, 8 in queue at 10am. Got E42 in stalls.
Saturday 28th October 2017. 5th in queue at 8:30am. 15 by 10am. Got stalls F27 for matinee.
Thursday 30th November 2017. 9.45am - One person was in line. 10am - 12 persons (including us) were in line. Got D 33 to 37 for the evening performance.
Sunday 10th December 2017. 5th in queue at 8:45am. 6 by opening. Got seat C32 in the stalls.
Wednesday 20th December 2017. First ones at 9am. Around 10 now, at 9.25am :)
Friday 12th January 2018. just me here, arrived at 9.30am.
Thursday 18th January 2018. Arrived at 11:30am. Still managed to bag a day seat - stalls row B.
Friday 16th February 2018. 9.45am, was fifth in line and got seats in the stalls row D for £20.
Saturday 3rd March 2018. 10:55am, got tickets for the evening.
Saturday 24th March 2018. 7:45am, 3rd in queue. Next arrived at 9.15am. 6 by opening.
Saturday 2nd June 2018. 1st in the queue at 8:15am. Still on my own at 8.40am too. Only two others (parent and child together) at 10am. Got row T.
Sunday 10th June 2018. 2nd in line at 8:55am. Next 1 at 9:15am. Next 2 at 9:20am. Still only the 5 of us by opening. Got C32 in the stalls.
Saturday 21st July 2018. Arrived at 8.45am, 3rd in line. About 10 people at opening. Got stalls J48-51 for this evening!
Friday 3rd August 2018. Second in queue at 9:10am. Queue was 7 by 10am. Got T31 stalls. Was able to use theatre tokens.
Thursday 16th August 2018. 2nd in queue at 8:55am. No one else joined. Box office keeping row T stalls for day seats (not available online).
Saturday 18th August 2018. I as first to arrive at 8.40am, next two at 9am. By 9.30am we were 10 in the queue and no more until doors opened. Box Office gave us seats in Stalls Row T for £20.
Monday 27th August 2018. Second, behind a family of four, at 9:30am. 6 more behind me now.
Saturday 29th September 2018. 10am, 16th in queue. Got an evening day seat. Matinee seats went to the first 10.
Saturday 9th February 2019. 9:50am, almost 20 waiting.

Harold Pinter
Pinter at the Pinter Season

 Box office discretion  Box office discretion £20
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Theatre Royal, Haymarket
Only Fools and Horses The Musical
      A "Friday Rush" is planned. Every Friday, a number of seats will be released online.

More details as the monkey gets them.

Her Majesty's
The Phantom Of The Opera
Box Office discretion Box Office discretion £25 FOR THURSDAY AFTERNOON PERFORMANCES ONLY. Sold from 10am.

At other times, the box office do like to do what they can to help, though.
Reader reports
15th January 2015: Given row C seat 18 in the stalls for £25! 11.55am.
5th February 2015: 8:55, first in queue, given stalls B8. There were 12 persons in the queue when box office opened.
 12th February 2015: I arrived at 9.30am. There was already a large group waiting about 10 people who were together. Got R23.
19th March 2015: arrived at 8:30am, first in queue. 8 people when box office opened. Got stalls B11.
30th April 2015: Arrived 8.45am, no one there. Went to get coffee got back around 9am and there was 1 person waiting. Got B7 (or 8?)
9th July 2015 (tube strike day). Got a day seat last minute for matinee today. I asked at box office at 2.15pm. They said Q1 in stalls for £25 but they didn't accept Visa Electron, so they said they would hold the ticket whilst I went to the cash machine. Five minutes later at 2.22pm, I was given an even better seat in stalls, K11. Very central and great view. Normally £67! Cashier said sometimes very good seats can be available at the last minute for £25.
Reader report: 27th August 2015. 9.48am. About 25 or 30 people in queue (including me). Got F3 and F4 grand (upper) circle!! D: Would have cancelled it but I've sorted planned my whole day around it with my friend. Still cheaper than £36 full price and I can't come to a Thursday matinee in term time so... what can you do. I thought there'd be a queue but had no idea it'd be so busy! I feel I've had a run deal compared with the other reports on your site... #summerholidays.
10th December 2015.  Arrived 7.15am - first in queue. Approx 10 people in queue at 10am. Got seat B9 in the stalls.
10th December 2015. Turned up at 1.40pm and got seat E15 for £25!!
31st March 2016. About 20 in queue around 9am, about 50 for 10am.
31st March 2016. arrived at 9:15am, 25th in the queue,  got row Q seats 8 and 9 of stalls!
14th April 2016. 9.15am. We stood for all of 45 minutes outside Her Majesty's Theatre, and got ourselves two tickets for the matinee, in the 4th row (stalls!) for a total of only £50!
19th May 2016: Arrived at 8am - first in line, arrived too early perhaps. 2 in line by 8.30am, 4 in line by 8.45am, Around 10 in line by 9.15am, Around 20 in line by 9.30am, 20+ by 9.45am.
9th June 2016. First in queue at 8am, around 30 people by 10am. Got stalls seats D1 and 2.
4th August 2016. At 7.50am I was 7th in line. Got tickets in row P17/18. At 10am around 30/35 people in the queue.
Thursday 10th October 2016.
Arrived 9am, about 15 people in front. At least 30 people in the queue at 10am.
When I got to the box office, they offered 2 seats in row Q, to the side. I asked if they had anything better and they said, "they might do later".
I came back about 30minutes later, when all the queue had gone, and I asked what time would it be worth coming back later. He said, just wait a moment. At about 11am he called me forward and offered two seats at the end of row E and row B (front row). I took front row.
When we got there, two seats next to us were empty, so we moved two seats closer to the centre.
I feel bad for the people I'd seen queuing who were in worse seats further back! Maybe at off-peak times it's not worth queuing? NB not holiday or "peak" time.
Thursday 5th January 2017. About 18 people at 9:35am in line.
Thursday 30th March 2017. 10.35am, got row H.
Thursday 6th April 2017. First at 8am, about 25 by 10am. Got row M stalls.
Thursday 1st June 2017. 1pm, managed to get two days seats stalls Q11-12.
Thursday 28th September 2017. I noticed it had a line of a dozen still outside of the building when I left the Haymarket Box Office across the road at 10.15am.
Thursday 2nd November 2017. 7th in line at 8.45am. Around 16 by 9.30am and 25 when the box office opened. Got stalls F.
Thursday 9th November 2017. We were 9th in line at 9:30am. Got front row B6 and 7.
Thursday 30th November 2017. Got to the theatre at 8.45am and we were first in the queue. Another joined at 9am by 10 am there were probably 12 people in the queue. Beware there is no actual spot to queue and we waited at one of the door on Haymarket but when they opened at 10am they opened another door. Thankfully British queue etiquette prevailed and we were allowed in first. Got two seats in stalls Row C 9 and 10 for £25 each for that afternoon matinee.
Thursday 30th November 2017. I arrived at the theatre at approx 9:30am and there were 4 other people in the queue. We got C16 and C17, which were great. We walked past the theatre at around 12:30pm on the way to a restaurant and a couple were leaving saying that they were surprised to get tickets for the matinee, so it seemed that tickets were still available at that point also.
Thursday 5th July 2018. Previous postings suggested early queuing might not be necessary, but we are about 20th in line after arriving 8.30am for 10am opening ... Did get tickets, though.
Thursday 13th September 2018. 7:40am: 2nd in line, first girl said she got there around 7:30am. 8:15am - 6 in total waiting, 9:30am - 15 people, 10am - 20 people. I got 030 in Stalls for £25 - way under Balcony missing a few of the stuff like Phantom on a set-piece high and the chandelier going up. 1st in line got O3 which wasn't better.
Thursday 4th October 2018. Arrived at 8:03am and was 5th in line. 8:30am - 15 people; 9:00 - 20 people; at 10:00 around 30 people. Got Stalls Q15.
London Palladium
No regular production.

      No policy.
Lyceum
The Lion King
Box office discretion Box office discretion £20 "Day Seats" are available every morning to personal callers at the venue box office, only.
Other offers may be also be made, at box office discretion, this includes standing room in the Upper Circle, priced £20, sold once the theatre is full.
Reader reports:
8th October 2015. 2nd in line at 9.50am.
28th October 2015. Arrived around 9.05-9.10am. All four of us got seats.
13th November 2015: Arrived at 09.05am. There were just two people waiting. By the time the box office opened at 10am there were 16 people.
Friday 1st April 2016. 1st in queue at 8.15am, other people didn't arrive until 9am, only around 12 people now at 9.15am.
Saturday 2nd April 2016. 8:50am - 15th in line. Both of us got stall seats in row T for £25 each. At least 25 people in line by 10am.
Thursday 2nd June 2016. 10th in line at 8.35am, 30 plus by 10am. Got stalls A16 and 17 for £25 each.
Sunday 11th September 2016. By the time the box office opened there was 40 of us, we were number 19 and 20.
Sunday 23rd October 2016. 8.30am. just arrived, and I'm 3rd in line...no sign of the half-term mob of kids I was expecting!! 10.30am, about 15 in the line. About 20 in the queue when Box Office opened. Day Seats are usually reserved as the centre block of the front row, though these are sometimes dipped into for advance sales when it's busy. Today they only had 4 seats. They also sold the boxes and a few single seats at DS price, but other than that it was back to full price for all remaining seats!
Thursday 27th October 2016. Arrived 7:15am, we're second in line. Got busier - about 25 to 30 people in line when box office opened. We got front row tickets for the 2:30pm show.
Sunday 30th October 2016. I was 1st at 6:37am, 5 at 8am, 20 at 10am, 30 at 11am. I got Stalls A17. Took advantage of the clock change!
Sunday 30th October 2016. Arrived at 10:10am - about 15 people in the queue already - managed to get 2 tickets in the Royal Circle at £25 each. Those at front of queue got tickets in the stalls but were clearly there queuing earlier. Box office opened at 11am, around 25 in the queue.
Wednesday 14th December 2016. First in line at 8.40am.
Tuesday 27th December 2016. 10th in the queue at 8.13am.
Sunday 22nd January 2017. 1st in line at 8.20am, 2nd and 3rd arrived at 8.25am. Got front row A14!
Saturday 11th February: 9am and were 18th in line. Got 2 separate seats for £25 each in ZA/Y of the stalls! :)
Thursday 16th February 1017. 4th in line at 8:30am. Quite a few people arrived not long after with about 30 by the time the box office opened. All the seats they were selling today were single seats as it was a busy show in half term but they sold us one of the boxes for £25 each.
Friday 17th March 2017. 7:15am, 1 person in front of me. 7:50am, still only 2 people in the queue. About 7 at 10am.
Saturday 18th March 2017. 11th in line at 9.20am. We got the last 2 together in a box. Still a few singles after that.
Wednesday 5th March 2017. 35th in line at 9.30am. Got single ticket Royal Circle G15. Seems like everyone got a ticket.
Friday 7th April 2017. On arrival at 8.50am there were 5 people ahead of me in the queue. By 9.30am there were 14 people in the queue. When the doors opened at 10am there was approximately 20 people in the queue. I was told that there were no day seats available next to each other so we would have to sit one behind the other (or stand for £29.50). We went for the seats one behind the other which are stalls W4 and X4.
Saturday 8th April 2017. 7 people in line at 8:13am, 11 at 8.33am, 19 at 8.54am. Got row E and F stalls.
Friday 28th April 2017. 2nd in line at 6.43am. 3rd person arrived at 8.20am. About 20 at 10am. Got stalls A21-22.
Tuesday 30th May 2017. I arrived at 7:40am and was the first there, the next two came about 5 minutes after me. By 8:30am there were about 12 people in the queue. By 10am there were about 25 people in the queue. I got seats A25 and A26, and the women behind me in the queue got seats A20, 21 and 22.
Sunday 4th June 2017. 7am, I was first. 8:40am 2-4 came. 10:30am - about 10+ there. Sadly no seats as it was the day of the annual special "Autism Friendly" performance.
Sunday 18th June 2017. 1st in line at 7.45am. 2nd and 3rd just arrived at 8.15am.
Wednesday 5th July 2017. 13th in queue at 8:15am, behind student group...21 in queue by 8:30am...summer day. Got C5 Royal Circle, limited options, restricted view only for seats together, about 50 in queue by 10am...not sure all got tickets. Doorman performed security check of bags and said it was a busy morning for day seats.
Sunday 13th August 2017. 7:50am and we're the first in the queue. 2nd in line has just arrived at 7.57am.
Wednesday 30th August 2017. Arrived at 8:06am. 14 in front - there's one group of 10 together - 27 behind us at 9:40am. seats in stalls! Probably because there was a matinee and evening performance that day. I though it was very busy as more definitely turned up at 10am!!
Saturday 21st October 2017. Grabbed 2 good day seats for Lion King this morning at 10am. About 16th in the Queue! Good seats in the stalls.
Friday 10th November 2017. Arrived at 7.30am, first in line, 2nd person at 7.55am, about 30 people at box office opening. Got dead centre A21 and 22.
 26th November 2017. Arrived at 7am as first in line.
7:50am my friend arrived, 7:55am a girl arrived, by 8:40am - 5 people waiting; 12 Total waiting 9:30am; 15 Total waiting 10:45am and 30 by the time the box office opened. I got Front Row Centre A23+A24 for £25 each.
Wednesday 6th December 2017. 3rd in line at 9am.
Saturday 10th February 2018. 6th in line. No luck for either of today's shows, just 3 day seats were offered for the matinee.
Sunday 11th February 2018. Arrived at 6:50am, we were first, 30 min later another person arrived, we were 3 by 8am. 16 by 9:30am. Around 40 people when the doors opened. We got stalls but not paired
(E and H).
Saturday 3rd March 2018. 1st in line at 7.30am, 2 more by 8am.
Sunday 4th March 2018. "We arrived at 8:05AM on and we were first in line. We saw on Theatre Monkey that the queues normally start at about 7:30AM, however given the weather and snow in the last few days we thought that not many people would come out. 5 minutes after we arrived, two more people came. By 11AM when the doors opened, there were about 25 people in the queue. We managed to get three tickets right in front for £20 each. Two were together and one was 2 seats away. Well worth the early morning! (People sitting next to us paid £160 for their ticket!).
Sunday 1st April 2018. 4th in line at 8.15am. 24 people in line at 10.21am. The first people in line got first row tickets and I got the last 3 available.
Thursday 5th April 2018. Got there at 8:50am, C9 and F7 in the stalls for 7:30pm!
Sunday 24th June 2018. 7.30am, 3rd in line, about 20 people by box office opening. Got E25.
Tuesday 10th July 2018. Got there at 8:45am and around 20 in the line. 40 ish in line by box office opening. All the dayseats were individual seats and the guys in front of me took the final two. Typical on my first ever dayseat attempt!
Thursday 12th July 2018. 8am today, 1 person in front of me and maybe 30 by the time box office opened! I got N22 right in the middle! YAY.
Wednesday 8th August 2018. 22 people queuing at 7.30am today! Double that when box office opened. Got 2 for the evening performance.
Thursday 9th August 2018. Arrived Lyceum Theatre. 6.25am. 2nd in queue. Things you do for a 4 year old lion king fanatic... 3 seats, front row!
Sunday 19th August 2018. I was 1st at 6:30am. 2nd arrived 6:36am, 3+4 - 6:39am, 5+6 - 7am, 7-10- 8:05am, 16 - 10:15am. When box office opened, around 30 people. As first in line I got the only pair of day seats together - but extreme sides with limited view. F37+F38. Rest of Day Seats were singles and very far back and sides (Row N) and further. But my seats were actually good :)
Wednesday 3rd October 2018. 10.40am. Only single tickets left.
Friday 30th November 2018. We've been here since 6am - me and my friend. 8am, 3rd person just arrived. We got 4 tickets in the central front row.
Friday 21st December 2018. Around 40 people in the queue for Lion King at 9.58am.
Sunday 6th January 2019.2nd in line at 8.07am.
Thursday 10th January 2019. 7.25am 2nd in line. Got 2 tickets front row. All other tickets were individual.
Friday 15th February 2019. Got here at 7am. First in queue. Second person arrived at 7.15am, then 3 more at 7.30am. As of 9am there’s around 15 people.
Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
Thriller - Live
      No policy.
National Theatre
Olivier / Lyttelton / Dorfman
 If there is a production here that has popular "day seat" lines, details will be listed under EXTRA EVENTS below the main listings
Noel Coward
All About Eve
Box office row B
/
Todaytix
row A
14 / 13
£25
both methods, subject to change.

From 10am, maximum 2 per person.
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A reader notes, "the box office opens at 10am for returns only and the day seats themselves - 14 of them - aren’t sold until 10.30am."

Reader reports:
Saturday 2nd February 2019. Fourth at 8am, first people were here 6am-ish.
Thursday 7th February 2019. Arrived at 8.25am, and 3 people already queuing. First person arrived at 7.45am. 7 of us here now at 9am. At 10.30am there were about 17+ people in the queue.
Friday 15th February 2019. My friend and I arrived at 07:52am. One person in front of us. He arrived here just a few minutes before us. Now at 08:30am we are 7 people in total. We were 12 people at the end. A few more came but gave up.

Novello
Mamma Mia
     
No policy. Occasionally may do a deal on a VERY quiet performance, though. RARE - so don't count on it!
Reader reports:
Tuesday 19th November 2013. Managed to get seats in row B in the dress circle for £20 (should have been £65) by asking at the box office on the day - this was about 2pm Tuesday 19th November 2013.
Thursday 29th September 2016. For the 3pm show we got three seats together in row K middleish (7-9 I think) for £35 each at 12:46 according to my receipt. Were offered row E to the side for the same, or rear stalls/mid dress for £25.
Old Vic
The American Clock
      No policy announced.
Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
Closed for the winter.
      Re-opens in Summer 2019.
The Other Palace
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
      No policy announced.
Palace
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 and 2
     

NO "DAY SEATS."
From 12.01am each Monday until 1pm each Friday, customers aged over 18 can enter a lottery to win the right to buy up to 2 of 40 tickets, located all over the theatre, for each performance in the following week which will be released for the following week.
Tickets cost £40 (£20 per per play).
To enter the lottery, you need to visit http://www.harrypottertheplay.com/ticket-information/ OR
Download the App from Todaytix.
At 1pm every Friday the lottery will close. Successful customers will be notified between 1pm and 5pm that same Friday. If selected, you can buy a maximum of two tickets for parts one and two in a single transaction.

Returns Line: At the theatre.
Reader reports:
Saturday 11th February 2017. First in line at 7 am. Second person came at 8:30 am. 4 in line at 10 am. Got Stalls, Row M, Seat 1 at 10:30 am.

Phoenix
Come From Away
Box office stalls row AA /
Today Tix at box office discretion
Box office 12
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Today Tix at box office discretion
Box office £20
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Today Tix £25

From 10am, maximum 2 per person
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Reader reports:
Monday 4th February 2019. First in the queue at 9:10am. We were 4 when Box Office opened. Got front row tickets (AA 7 and 8).
Saturday 9th February 2019. wandering past the Phoenix, already over a dozen in line at 8:30am.
Monday 11th February 2019. At 8:15am, 1st in line. Second person 8.20am.
Friday 15th February 2019. 8:10am and third in line (2 before me are together). just turned round and noticed there’s 3 more people behind me! It’s now 8:20am. Totalling 6 so far.
Friday 15th February 2019. Arrived at 8.15am. 6th in queue. Just 1 extra person turned up as the box office opened, giving a total of 7 at 10am. Got AA5-6.
Saturday 16th February 2019. 9th at 8:35am. Only 2 more have joined by 9:25am. Got the last two single tickets. Touch and go when you wait that long and then the 'friends' show up at 10am. And nobody wanted the matinee.

Piccadilly
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Stalls row CC (front row) 12 £18
Day seats at the theatre from 10am.

"Friday Rush": Every Friday at 1pm, a number of £20 seats will be released online and by phone for the following week's performances via the National Theatre's website www.nationaltheatre.org.uk or box office phone 020 7452 3000.

App TodayTix are offering £25 "Rush tickets" for all performances. Released for the performance on that day, first-come, first-served. Download the App from Todaytix, unlock the "Rush Ticketing" feature by sharing on Facebook or Twitter, and that will allow you to buy tickets.

Reader reports:
Thursday 3rd January 2019. Was sold a day seat at around 6pm, row O stalls.

Playhouse
Caroline or Change
Box office choice. Box office choice. £25 Sold from 10am.

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"Prologue Rate:" 10 seats For those aged 16 to 25 ONLY. £5 each. Limited to 1 per person, and may be paid for in cash or by credit card and PROOF OF AGE IS REQUIRED. The booking must be done by the person who will be using the ticket.

Prince Edward
Aladdin
Box office discretion Box office discretion £20 A limited number of tickets, quantity and location at Box Office Manager's discretion, are available to personal callers at the box office from 10am, priced £25 each. Limited to maximum of 2 per person in the queue.
NOTE: READERS HAVE FOUND THERE MAY BE AS FEW AS 1 SEAT AVAILABLE ON "SCHOOL HOLIDAY" WEEK PERFORMANCES.
NO "Day Seats" are available for "Autism Friendly" performances.
A "lottery draw" is also held each week at www.aladdinthemusical.co.uk/lottery. From 11am on Monday until 11am on Tuesday, visitors can enter online. You can select either 1 or 2 tickets for up to 3 performances in the coming week. Winners can then buy up to two tickets for £25 each.
On 1st February 2017 a reader noted, "I’ve tried 5 times for the online Aladdin lottery and finally “won” the opportunity to buy this morning. The seats were at the side of the front row (A)."
On 3rd February 2017 a reader noted: "we won the Aladdin lottery after 5 attempts (2 entries per attempt), and were allocated seats F7 and 8 in the dress circle on a Tuesday night."

Theatre Day Seats line outside, reader reports:
Saturday 3rd September 2016. tried the lottery for the 2.30pm performance. Lucky enough to get tickets. At a guess I'd say 60% there got tickets.
Saturday 3rd September 2016. About 70 people there, and the three of us got two sets of them for the Evening show! Got dress circle F32 and 33. great view!
Saturday 1st October 2016. only 3 pairs of tickets on offer for this afternoon.
Saturday 22nd October 2016. 10 at 9.55am.
Thursday 26th October 2016. They had 1 seat for the matinee and a couple more for the evening.
Saturday 28th October 2016. Arrived at 9.24am and am 4th in the queue. Day seats today was 1 ticket for matinee and none for evening, could have queued elsewhere.
Thursday 3rd November 2016. Today I was the only one there until 9am, and until Box Office opened at 10am the were 10 in line for both shows today. Single seats only I think, but everyone gets one. I got D6.
Friday 25th November 2016. at 9:10am. 7th in line, and managed to get 2 seats E4 and N8.
Thursday 12th January 2017. 2nd in line at 8.55am. Got stalls G7. Lady in front got stalls row L.
Monday 30th January 2017. 3 in line at 8:40am. 20 at 10am, got stalls row G.
Saturday 4th February 2017. 8.45am, 5 people in front of me... Got a ticket for front of dress circle, evening performance, for £25. They only had single seats dotted about.
Friday 10th February 2017. 8:50am, 3 people waiting in front. Got given stalls C6 and H23.
Saturday 25th February 2017. 8.45am. 4th in queue. All day seats for Aladdin are singles, different levels, so didn't buy anything.
Saturday 1st April 2017. First in queue at 7:08am.
Friday 14th April 2017. 3rd at 9.05am, don't think more than 7 in the end. Got stalls R4.
Thursday 27th April 2017. (Matinee) Second at 08.30am, next 4 at 9.40am, 8 at 10am. Got Stalls F32.
Friday 26th May 2017. We were 3 friends who arrived at 9am. There were 5 people ahead of us in the queue. 15 people queuing at 10am. We couldn't be on the same row but got F33, H34 and H35 in stalls for £25.
Saturday 27th May 2017. Got afternoon show stalls row E at 11:30am.
Wednesday 31st May 2017. Around 10:10am I managed to get 3 tickets in O2, 3 and 4 for £25 each.
Thursday 6th July 2017. 6th in queue at 8:30am, all unsure of correct box office door.
Friday 14th July 2017. 4th in queue at 8.50am grabbed 2 stalls in row M.
Wednesday 19th July 2017. Got 2 single tickets, rows D and F of stalls. I was 1st in queue at 8.20am, 11 by 9.20am.
Friday 28th July 2017. First in line at 8.20am. 20 at 10am. Got dress circle seats G33 and 34.
Thursday 3rd August 2017. I got there really early, around 8:15am. Was alone till 8:50am. At10 am there were about 15 to 20 people queuing. I got 2 tickets for Stalls row M at the end of the row.
Saturday 21st October 2017. managed to get 2 tickets. 9am, 7th in queue. Stalls L25 and M22, amazing view and apparently producers seats!
Tuesday 9th January 2018. 9am first one there, 10am 10 people. I get the only 2 side by side tickets.
Thursday 11th January 2018. 5th in line at 9:15am. Next person at 9:25am. Next at 9:40am. 10 by opening. Got seat B16 in the stalls for Matinee.
Saturday 27th January 2018. 1st in queue at 08:55am; 4 in the queue at 09:25am. Single seats only. I got L25 and N21. Lovely family show.
Thursday 15th February 2018. We are 2nd and 3rd in line at 9:15am. Two minutes later 7 others arrived. Around 25 people were waitin when box office opened. Single seats for matinee. We were offered stalls E25 and E28 for £20 each.
Thursday 12th April 2018. 9:30am 7th in line. In about a few minutes there were 10 more people coming. When box office opened, probably 20-25 in line. I got stall L22 for matinee.
Thursday 12th April 2018. Got 2 tickets for £20 at 11am. Thought it was a proper steal. H6 & H7 in the stalls.
Thursday 31st May 2018. 9.05am, 3 people waiting, 6 more from 9.30am. At 10am we were 14 for both shows today. Got good seat in stalls for £20.
Thursday 31st May 2018. 3rd in line at 8:30am. 8 or 9 people at 10am. Got J30, J31, J32 for £20 each.
Friday 10th August 2018. Arrived at 8 am and we were the firsts in the queue. The next person arrived at 9am. We got 3 day seats in rows E, F and G.
Thursday 16th August 2018. 10 people at 9:15am.
Not sure how many for the evening and how many for the matinee. They have three persons at the box office. Got stalls F31 and E30. Too busy to have closer seats, but I am glad we got stalls.
Thursday 11th October 2018. 9:05am: forth in line. 9:35am: 8.
Saturday 17th November 2018: Just me until 8:50am, six of us by 9:05am. Eight at 9:10am, thirteen at 9:20am, seventeen by 9:30am and about 25 by 10am. Got V30 and V31 stalls for the matinee, £20 each - the only two adjacent seats available for that performance, so was happy to get them! Excellent view and a really enjoyable show.
Prince Of Wales
The Book Of Mormon
Stalls row A 21 £20  A 'lucky draw lottery' is held before each performance. At 5pm each evening / Noon for afternoon performances, personal callers at the venue box office can enter their names.
Entries will close at 5.30pm / 12.30pm and a draw will take place at that time. Winners must be present when results are announced and bring valid ID with them. A reader in 2016 says that they accepted card payment as well as cash, but still required name ID. This draw is subject to availability. Current odds: about 5 to 1, assuming 100 single people want 1 ticket each. Be prepared to "ditch" if you REALLY want to see the show...
Reader Report: 14th January 2014: Over 300 waiting for the lottery (crazy!), and only 1 returned ticket.
Reader Report: Saturday in April 2014. Tried my luck 3 times before actually winning it!! Saturday matinee seemed like a good time for this since there were obviously fewer people at the lottery. "
Reader report: 23rd August 2014: Crazy lottery today! When my boyfriend had already given up, they released 10 more tickets! We got two Stalls row L!
Reader report: 26th November 2014: I would estimate around 30-40 people had submitted an entry form. One nice touch from the guys handing out the forms was to look out for people only buying one ticket, pair them up with another 'lottery buddy' and get them both to change their requests to 2 tickets - this doubles your chances and gives you someone to chat to.
Reader report: 4th January 2015.  Have done Mormon lottery 5 times over the holidays and won twice, although I would say I was definitely more lucky than most. Number of people varied, maybe nearly on one of the days, always more than 50, although this was Christmas holidays so naturally a busier time.
Saturday 7th January 2017. about 100 people for the lottery.
Friday 21st April 2017. Extra matinee - very lucky this wasn't well publicised. A Friday matinee! Won the lottery quite easily with only about 30-35 people present.
Tuesday 2nd May 2017. Did the lottery, unusually quiet almost everyone got seats including our party of 4.
Wednesday 14th June 2017. 14.06. Matinee. I teamed up with a Korean girl for the lottery (her 5th attempt, my 2nd), this time we both got lucky. Front row centre (A27) for £20.
Thursday 31st August 2017. Last day of summer so the lottery was CRAZY! Too many people to count, but the atmosphere was amazing. It was my first attempt and I won Stalls A16, I think more than half the seats in the front row was occupied by the lottery winners.
  Also a shout-out to a girl who offered one of the two tickets that she won to a guy who had tried 20 times and never won - it was his last chance to see the show and we were all touched when this girl offered to take him with her - London spirit at its best!
Saturday 2nd December 2017. Just won Book Of Mormon lottery (yay!) and they put me to D21 stalls. I spoke to a guy they put to the back of the stalls on Thursday, so sadly not always front row. Many people today and yesterday, was much more quiet on Wednesday when I was passing by.
Monday 19th March 2018. Was really well organised and approx. 30 people entered into the draw. I was lucky enough to get two tickets and fantastic view from the front row where I was sitting.
Saturday 18th August 2018. I tried the in-person Lottery at 12noon. At 12:30pm around 40 people were there and I didn't win. But still a very fun lottery drawing process. The staff have a lot of fun with it.
Saturday 9th February 2019. Probably 70-80 people there for the lottery for the Saturday matinee. Luckily drawn and given A19.
Queen's
Les Misérables
      No policy, too busy at the moment. Upper Circle J1 and 2 for £20 are decent, or A2 and 28 allow you to see almost two thirds of the show at £10. Read more.
A reader also noted that once all other seats are sold, she got £12.50 standing room at 3pm for a Saturday 7.30pm show, but advises turning up far earlier for that.
Royal Court Theatre Downstairs
      No policy. On Mondays around half the theatre is sold on the day, at 9am online / 10am if any are left, at the box office in person or by telephone on 020 7565 5000 to the general public. Note that there are rarely any tickets left by 10am for sale through the box office or by phone, so please be aware of this if travelling a long distance.
Those aged under 25 can join a "young people's" scheme that gives them priority access on these days.
At "Sold Out" performances, an "in person" waiting list for tickets opens 1 hour before the performance time. Names are added to the list in order of arrival - earliest arrivals (even if arriving more than 1 hour before) will be put first. Worth knowing at busy performances.
ALSO:
Available via TodayTix: "Rush Tickets" for £20 are available every day for all performances EXCEPT Monday Evenings.
Download the App from www.todaytix.co.uk.
Royal Court Theatre Upstairs
Seat numbers not used in this venue. 20 £20 (£10 Mondays) 20 tickets, sold at the door. On Mondays the theatre is sold on the day, at 9am online. Anything left is sold at 10am to personal callers at the box office or by telephone. At "Sold Out" performances, an "in person" waiting list for tickets opens 1 hour before the performance time. Names are added to the list in order of arrival - earliest arrivals (even if arriving more than 1 hour before) will be put first. Worth knowing at busy performances.
Savoy
9 to 5 The Musical

Box office discretion
Box office discretion £25
A limited number of seats (minimum 4 per show) will be released at 10am each morning for Monday to Friday performances. These are priced at £25 and only available in person from the Box Office. Please be respectful to hotel guests and traffic whilst queuing. Please note that no day seats are currently available for Saturday performances.

Reader reports:
Friday 1st February 2019. 2 people in front of me at 9.30am, 4 people here total at 10am, got front row tickets.
Wednesday 6th February 2019.  First in line at 8:10am. The next person arrived at 9:03am, then 9:25am then 9:45am. Got front row 1 and 2. Only two pairs of front row seats available today on either side of the stage.
Thursday 7th February 2019. 1st in line at 8:15am. 8 in the queue when the box office opened.
Thursday 7th February 2019. Was sold a front row day seat at 3.40pm, BB12.
Thursday 14th February 2019. 7.30am and I’m third in the queue! The first 2 people got two each. By me only single seats left so couldn’t go, as I needed a pair :(
Friday 15th February 2019. arrived 7.30am, second in line.
Friday 15th February 2019. 9 to 5: Arrived at 9.45am, 5th in line. Only 4 day seats, 2 at either end of the front row, but when they were gone they offered other single tickets for day seat price. I got B7 which is a better view than the actual day seats so woohoo for solo theatregoers!

Shaftesbury
Motown The Musical
Box office discretion Box office discretion £20 Monday to Thursday / £25 Friday and Saturday

A reader in January 2017 also noted that they sold him standing room at the back of the dress circle at a 'sold out' performance, about 40 minutes before the show.

£15 Lottery: Enter online at: http://motownthemusical.co.uk/lottery/. Apply for any performance within a 2 week period. If you win, you will be contacted 3 to 5 days ahead of the performance, and will have 24 hours in which to book the actual tickets.
Winners are contacted via email. Maximum 2 tickets per application.

 App TodayTix are also offering £25 "Rush tickets" for all performances. Released for the performance on that day, first-come, first-served. Download the App from Todaytix, unlock the "Rush Ticketing" feature by sharing on Facebook or Twitter, and that will allow you to buy tickets.

Reader reports:
Monday 26th June 2017. I arrived at the theatre at 8:30am and was first in line. Second in line arrived at about 9:45am then the third and final arrived at 9:55am. I got 2 day seats in the front row, £20 each.
Saturday 5th August 2017. 4 people at 9am.
Thursday 17th August 2017. got to theatre at 12:30pm, got two front row days seats BB14,15 for £20 each!
Thursday 14th September 2017. 11am got E27 / E28 for matinee, £20 each!
Thursday 30th November 2017. 10.10am - M13 for the matinee.
Thursday 8th March 2018. Walked in at 10.35am.  Just got matinee seats royal circle row C.
Thursday 17th January 2019. Bought todaytix rush around 3pm (so, not really "rushing"). J27 stalls.

St Martin's
The Mousetrap
Stalls row A 16 (10 Friday and Saturday)  £27.50 (£28.50 Saturday) From 10.30am. Limited to 2 per person maximum. Credit or Debit cards only (not Solo or Electron).
May be sold from the Ambassadors Theatre box office next door. See signs on the theatre on arrival.

Those aged 16 to 18 without cards may provide proof of age and other Photo I.D. instead. Everybody else is required to use a card, to prevent unauthorised ticket re-selling.
Reader reports:
23rd September 2015. Got the last day seat at 6.20pm. Apparently it's a quiet day.
30th January 2016.  10:30am and the first ones to get day seats for the 7:30pm show. We got A9 and 10.
Wednesday 16th November 2016. No queue at 10:15am. They're sold from Ambassador's Theatre next door - £27.50, got A9 and 10 stalls.
Friday 3rd February 2017. Was 1st fat 10am. Got A9. They sold it at the Stomp box office (in the Ambassadors Theatre, next door).
Tuesday 2nd May 2017. Arrived at 2pm and got a seat one in from the end (A15)! The man in front of me also purchased a day seat and received A2, so now there are two tickets left :)
Thursday 1st June 2017. Arrived at 9:55am. No one else waiting. Sign directed me next door to Stomp Box Office. 10:00am. Box office opened and for £55 together I could buy 2x Tickets - stalls A9 and 10. Next lady, behind me, arrived at 10:01am.

Trafalgar Studio 1
Nine Night
Box office choice. Box office choice. £35 Sold ONLY if there are unsold tickets, there is nothing specific held back.

"Friday Rush": Every Friday at 1pm, a number of £20 seats will be released online and by phone for the following week's performances via the National Theatre's website www.nationaltheatre.org.uk or box office phone 020 7452 3000.

Trafalgar Studio 2
Black Is The Color Of My Voice
      No policy announced.
Vaudeville
True West
Box office choice. Box office choice. £25 Sold from 10am on the day of performance.

App TodayTix are also offering £25 "Rush tickets" for all performances. Released for the performance on that day, first-come, first-served. Download the App from Todaytix, unlock the "Rush Ticketing" feature by sharing on Facebook or Twitter, and that will allow you to buy tickets.

Victoria Palace
Hamilton
Box office choice. Box office choice. £10 (draw) / £200 (premium release) £10 Lottery: Enter using the official HAMILTON app from www.hamiltonthemusical.co.uk, or online at www.luckyseat.com/hamilton-london.
Draws open at 4pm and close 2pm the following day (Saturday for Monday performances).
Winners are contacted within an hour, via app or email. Maximum 2 tickets per application.
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Limited premium tickets will be released each Monday at 12 noon for the following week's performances, at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/hamilton.
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IF all seats have been sold, standing places at the back of the upper circle may be sold at £12.50 each to the "returns" ("cancellations" for Broadway folk) queue waiting in line at the theatre. Photo ID and a Credit Card are required.
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Reader reports:
Thursday 3rd May 2018. I participated in the ticket lottery via the official Hamilton app. Very easy to use. A big plus is that you find out the day before the show whether or not you‘ve won, so you can plan accordingly. I got lucky on my 2nd attempt. Called box office with the verification code I received, paid £10 with credit card, then asked, rather timidly, where my seat might be, only to learn it would be Stalls A37, that‘s front row, almost in the middle. Whoa!
Monday 24th September 2018. Got there at 9:50am, fourth in line. Only another 3 by 10am. First two wanted seats, they only had four seats at £200 available. I asked for a standing ticket and was given one at £12.50.
Thursday 11th October 2018.  Got to the box office at about 9:55am and we were the first people there. Scored 2 standing room tickets up in the Grand Circle £12.50 for the matinee. The theatre's small so we had excellent views. Price is incredible value for money.
Thursday 22nd November 2018. 9 am, 4 people waiting (for evening show) so I was first for matinee. At 9.15am we were 7. 3 came at 9.58am. Little drama:
2 cashiers. The man was much faster, so the 3 people second in line got their standing tickets for the evening performance. The girl that was first in line could just have one ticket (needed 2). They had only 4 in total! Matinee, they had more standing tickets, so I got what I needed.
Thursday 29th November 2018.  3 people, including myself at 8:55am :).
Saturday 1st December 2018. Lovely bunch of 6 this morning at 7:50am. We arrived at 5:45am, 2nd person showed up at 6am.

Wyndhams
The Price
Box office choice. Box office choice. £25 From 10am.

Reader reports:
Saturday 9th February 2019. All gone by 12.30pm.
Saturday 16th February 2019. We (two people) arrived at 8:30am. Two people in front of us. At the end we were 19 people. There were 20 tickets per each performance. Seats were all over the place, not one fixed row. We got stalls row J.
 


EXTRA EVENTS

Dorfman
When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other
Box office choice. 30 £15 Monday to Thursday / £18 Friday and Saturday 2 tickets per person. No standing tickets available.
IF YOU ALREADY HAVE PURCHASED TICKETS ONCE FOR THE SHOW, YOU MAY NOT BUY ANY MORE VIA THIS OR ANY OTHER METHOD.
Day seats are sold from the main box office, returns from the Dorfman Theatre foyer box office.

A reader noted that, "The returns queue will start everyday at 6pm, with no guarantee of course."

Another reader says, "The returns queue really is the way to see this show. Three friends have seen it using this technique now. Two from Nottingham who came down on Saturday for it. No freezing in the cold. And they were nearly all offered all price ranges (a lot have been held back to sell as restricted view because the roof of the garage set cuts off a lot of the back corners of the stage. Inside tip: not much happens at the back of the stage though. It's all nearly all centre stage, bar the terrible inside-the-car scene at the start).
 theatreboard.co.uk

NOTE THAT TICKETS ARE ALSO NOW SOMETIMES AVAILABLE IN THE USUAL WAY VIA THE NATIONAL THEATRE WEBSITE.

Wednesday 16th January 2019: The first person in the queue arrived at 3am today.
Saturday 19th January 2019: I went 7am today and was able to get a ticket.
Tuesday 22nd January 2019. Spoke to the box office on Thursday. Apparently day tickets are the 10 flip down seats in the pit and a number of the restricted view seats. He couldn't confirm how many as it changes every day. First person in queue got there at 3.30am. Last person to get a ticket got there at 8.45am. No mention then of returns being sold in the morning.
On Friday got down there at 8am. Already 25ish people in the queue so was thinking that even if I did get something, was only going to be restricted so went back home and back to bed.
Got back to National for returns at 5.45pm. Was about 18th in the queue. When my turn came up, only restricted views were left so decided to try to get there early on another day.
Got there at 2.30pm today (returns line) and was second in the queue. Got a ticket front row of the circle which is my preferred viewing spot was also offered reasonable seats in the pit. Very happy to have waited. The first person in the queue got there around 2pm (they said they got to the day tickets at 8am this morning and just missed out). Person after me got there at 3.50pm. Probably about a dozen people there by 5pm. About 30 by 6pm. When I went back to the theatre for the play the queue was still active and saw someone who got there at around 5.30pm at the front of the queue and they got a ticket but don't know what view they got.
The returns queue is much more civil than the morning queue. You initially start upstairs in the foyer, none of that queuing outside nonsense. They come up at 6pm and sort out the first few people then transfer the queue down to the room just off the foyer.
Read more: theatreboard.co.uk
Wednesday 23rd January 2019. 6am, 12 in line. No Chance for that after 7 am, I think.

 

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