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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.
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 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 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.

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.
A nice "fan piece" about her experiences is also available here: thriftytheatrethinker.
And another, by a Spanish visitor:


or feel free to email us on the usual address.


Theatre Name / Show Title Usual
Likely Number of seats Price Notes / Reader Experiences
Add your experience - CONTACT US.
Kinky Boots
Box office choice. Box office choice. £20 Maximum 2 per person, available from 10.30am (official box office time quoted by them to the monkey, one reader noted it was as early as 10.10am on the first day of previews, though). Usually stalls row A are the seats allocated. Around 29 in A (split between counter sales and TodayTix - see below, plus extra as they choose.

Online Lottery: TodayTix offers users the chance to secure on-day tickets to that night’s performance. A lottery will run each day from midnight, via the TodayTix app at If lucky enough to secure a pair of tickets, users are notified via push notifications or email and can then collect them from the theatre that night.

Reader reports:
For earlier reports, click here.
Thursday 2nd June 2016. First in line at 7.30am. 10 at 9.15am.
Thursday 2nd June 2016. Arrived at 8.10am, one person in front of me.
Saturday 4th June 2016. Arrived at 9:10am and there were 12 in front. Got three on the front row for the matinee. Most before us were going for the evening.
Thursday 9th June 2016. Second in queue at 8:30am!
Saturday 11th June 2016.  6th in the queue at 7.45am. 9 people by 7.55am.
Saturday 11th June 2016. 8.30am. 12 in queue. 40 people in the queue by 10am.
Friday 17th June 2016. 4 in the day seat queue at 8:18am.
Saturday 18th June 2016. There were 3 people in the queue.
Saturday 18th June 2016. 8 in the queue at 8:15am.
Wednesday 22nd June 2016. 1 in a queue.
Saturday 02nd July 2016. 8.30am. Maybe about 10 people in front of me.
 Thursday 21st July 2016. Arrived 8:15am, 1 person in queue - we were numbers 2 and 3. Numbers 4 and 5 turned up around 9:10/9:15am.
Saturday 23rd July 2016. 4 in day seat queue at 6:20am, increased to 30 by box office opening.
Tuesday 26th July 2016. Queuing at 8.30am, no one else until 9am. Still only three people in the queue including me at 9.05am. 10.15am, still super quiet here, tickets go out at 10.30am and there are only 5 people here other than me!
Wednesday 27th July 2016. 8 people in the queue at 8:15am.
Saturday 30th July 2016. queued up at 5.50am, first ones in line. Next person got there at 6.05am. 40 or so when box office opened at 10.30am.
Saturday 30th July 2016. As expected, busy day. Third in queue at 6:10am.
Monday 1st August 2016. I am first in the queue at 6:57am. Second person arrived at 7:54am. 6 of us by 9.47am.
Wednesday 3rd August 2016. 14th at 8am, 40 by opening. Front row seats!
Wednesday 3rd August 2016. 9:30am, and 19 people in the queue.
Friday 5th August 2016. First in the queue at 8:50 am. 13 people by the opening time.
Tuesday 9th August 2016. First in line at 8:45am. Around 15 by opening.
Wednesday 10th August 2016. Arrived at 10.25am and around 25 people in front. Day seats for the matinee. Row D £20, perfect.
Saturday 13th August 2016. (Last day of the original London cast) 8 in the queue by 11pm on the night before.
Monday 15th August 2016. 1st person arrived at 4am, 8 people by 6am and 20 at 10am!!
Monday 15th August 2016. 13 people at 7:30am.
Wednesday 17th August 2016. Arrived 8am and was 7th in line. 15 in the line by 9:15am. Got centre front row for the evening.
Wednesday 17th August 2016. Arrived at 9:10am and I had 13 people in front. 18 people queuing at 10am. A lot of people chose the evening and I got A26 in stalls for the matinee.
Saturday 20th August 2016. Arrived at 7am, 6th in line. Next people came at 7:20am. Around 40 by opening. Got A23+24 for Matinee.
Saturday 27th August 2016. 7am and second in line. 9:20am and 14 people in line.
Wednesday 31st August 2016.  Passed the theatre at 7.45am, and just 2 people in the queue.
Saturday 10th September 2016. Arrived at 7.35am, 4th & 5th in line. Doing matinee, so we didn't arrive super early today!
Monday 12th September 2016. Arrived at 9.30am, 7th in the queue. Those ahead of us bought two tickets each. I managed to get stalls B6 and B7 for the evening show.
Friday 23rd September 2016. 10am on the dot I've arrived in the queue, and I'm fifth!
Tuesday 4th October 2016. 8:55am and I'm 3rd in line.
Saturday 8th October 2016. October 8th, 2016: I arrived at 10.20am, and got seats at the end of the front row for the afternoon performance.
Monday 17th and Tuesday 19th October 2016. only 3 at 10.30am both days. They let us have 3 tickets if we wanted, too.
Friday 21st October 2016. Arrived around 9.50am and were only ones there, they let us inside around 10am, and by 10.30am there was one person behind us. We got 3 tickets in the middle of row A.
Monday 24th October 2016. Arrived 8:20am, and I'm 3rd in the queue. 4th person came at 8:55am. 6 people just at 10am, when box office opened. They said they are just selling 11 day seats.
Monday 24th October 2016. 4 in queue at 9am.
Thursday 27th October 2016. Just walked past at 10.30am - there are just 4 people in line.
Friday 28th October 2016. Arrived 8:25am and I'm the first one.

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Box office discretion Box office discretion £39.50 Reader reports:
Monday 18th July 2016. They started doing day seats a couple of weeks ago apparently. On a best available basis. I got second row for £39.50.
Stalls row B 11 £26 Reader report: Sunday 24th August 2014: I got once day seat ticket in the front row at exactly 12 pm.
Reader reports:
25th July 2015: Five of the day seats (mine included) were occupied at the matinee performance. I had no trouble buying one at 11am.
Wednesday 30th March 2016. Went to box office at 2.30pm. Ticket left in the front row as day seats. When I wasn't sure if I wanted it, he offered me a £70 pound ticket in front row of circle for the same price. Incredible view!!
Apollo, Shaftesbury Avenue
Peter Pan Goes Wrong
      No Day Seat Policy at this time.
Apollo Victoria
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.
The most recent "day seat" reports are below:
30th July 2015: 8.15am. Just walked past the theatre, just 2 people queueing?? #woah #quiet #wicked.
22nd August 2015. 8.30am and there's 20 people in line.
24th October 2015. 6 of us at 7:10am. About 25 to 30 by 10am.
11th November 2015. 7.50am. Me and 1 other in queue.
13th November 2015. 4th in the queue at 9am. 4 more at 9:15am. Got A 20 to 23.
19th December 2015. 19 people at 9am. I got the penultimate pair of evening tickets (matinee sold out) and I arrived at 9.30am.
16th January 2016. 14th in line 8:25am today.
Tuesday 16th February 2016. Three people in queue at 7:50am.
Thursday 18th February 2016. 4th in line at 6.15am!!
Thursday 17th March 2016. I was the first at 07:15am. 07:50am still the only one in line.
Monday 21st March 2016. 4th in here at 8:40am.
Saturday 26th March 2016. 8 in queue at 8am.
Friday 8th April 2016. 8.30am and 9th in line. There are 16 in the line at 9am.
Wednesday 20th April 2016: Got the last day seats at 11am.
Friday 20th May 2016. arrived at 7am, and was the first. No one else came until 8am, and there were 30 when the box office opened.
Monday 20th June 2016. 9th in queue for at 7.50am, 13 in queue at 8am, 24 in queue by 8.45am!
Wednesday 6th July 2016. I'm the 10th in the queue and I arrived at 8am. 9:20am, around 25 people in the queue. Got A 16 and 17.
Wednesday 13th July 2016. 10th in the queue at 8.35am.
Tuesday 19th July 2016. Got there at 7am and first in the line. got seats A24 and A25.
Thursday 21st July 2016. 3 in day seat queue at 6:20am, 1 more at 8:04am, and now 7 at 8:29am. Over 20 at 9.50am.
Tuesday 26th July 2016. Arrived 7:45am, but sold out 1 place before me :(. 2 latecomers joined their friend ahead of me.
Saturday 30th July 2016. I'm 4th in line, I arrived at 6am.
Monday 1st August 2016. Arrived 7:50am, 9th and 10th in line, got A16-17.
Monday 15th August 2016. 4th in line at 7:45am this morning!
Monday 15th August 2016. 12 people in the queue at 8:10am.
Thursday 25th August 2016. Arrived at 7:20am and only 1 person in front of me. Secured seats A22 and A23.
Tuesday 30th August 2016. Arrived at 6:45am and I'm the 5th one in the queue. 8 people by 8:20am, about 20 when box office opened. Got A28 stalls.
Tuesday 6th September 2016. I arrived there at 6:30am. 4 very hardcore Wicked fans in front of me! 9.50am, still fifth in queue.
Saturday 24th September 2016. 7.55am. Only 6 people in front of me. Got front row seats.
Thursday 29th September 2016. 1st in line at 7am. 2nd person arrived at 7.45am.
Friday 30th September 2016. Hope we are queuing at right entrance as no one else is here at 07:02am.
Saturday 1st October 2016. I arrived at 8:45am Saturday morning and was about the 18th person in line. I got front row tickets!
Saturday 27th October 2016. 4th in line at 7.30am this morning. About 25 people waiting when box office opened - got A26 for matinee.
Murder Ballad
Box office choice. Box office choice. £15 Reader reports:
15th October 2016. Arrived at 8:30am. 1st in queue. Got front row for £15 warned restricted (the ones originally removed from sale).
21st October 2016. Planned to go another day and queue from early morning, but since I was in central London in the afternoon, I decided to check availability for day seats. It was around 3pm and we still got the middle seats in the second row (Row A) for the 8pm performance (15 pounds) and there was also availability for the 5pm one. View was restricted so the action taking place on the floor is missed. However, it’s worth it!

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 earlier reports, click here.
20th October 2015. Got there at 8.20am, 2 more people arrived at 8.30am.
27th October 2015. only 11 at 9 am, first ever day seat ticket!!
31st October 2015. 1st in line at 7:25am, 8 in line at 7:56am. Over 20 by 10am.
25th November 2015. 8th in line at 8.45am.
29th November 2015. 12th in line at 9am. Not very busy.
December 2015 / February 2016. Have queued for Matilda twice at about 8am. Was 5th or 6th in line. Seats had obstructed view. The seats at the centre were good but the ones on the side are awful. You can hardly see what's going on.
Reader report: 17th January 2016. I turned up at the theatre at 8.30am and was fourth in line and was given seat G12 in the upper circle. There were 18 people in the queue when the box office opened at 10am.
Reader report: 24th January 2016. 7 in the queue at 8:20am, 15 at 8:30am and 18 and 8:45am.
Reader report: 17th February 2016. 6 in queue at 8.45am.
Thursday 25th February 2016. only 2 in line at 9.10am.
Saturday 27th February 2016. 10th and 11th the queue at 9am!
Sunday 20th March 2016. 3rd in line at 8.15am.
Wednesday 23rd March 2016. 10th in line at 9:05am.
Thursday 31st March 2016. Arrived at 8:20am (4th in line) - first one came at 7:15am). 16 of us when box office opened. :)
Saturday 14th May 2016.  Only one in the queue.
Thursday 26th May 2016. 8:40am at the Matilda line - I am number 14.
Friday 24th May 2016. 1st in queue at 8:20am.
Friday 8th July 2016. We got there at 8:50am, there were 3 people in front of us so we were 4th & 5th. By 10am there were 25 people in line. Got Rear Upper Circle seats J14 & 15.
Sunday 14th August 2016. I arrived at 8.25am, 3 people in front of me in the queue. 8.30am, 7 people incl. me. 8.50am 3 people left the line, 2 more joined in. 9.05am two more, 8 in total.
9.40am another person arrived, but took place in front of the queue. You have to be careful with these, pretended not to know the queue was for the day seats. When called out she went to the end, it made no difference with that number of people but it would matter if there were more. 9.55am a family of 5 arrived: two parents and three children. They didn't get the tickets because of the rules (only ages 16-25).
So in the end only 9 people bought day seats from the queue... I guess others were sold as people arrived later in the day :)
Saturday 20th August 2016. Second in line at 7:10am, got seats J14 and J15 in the upper circle for the matinee - about 20 people at 10am.
Saturday 10th September 2016.  arrived at 9.20am, and am 19th in the queue.
Wednesday 28th September 2016. Tenth and eleventh in line at 9:30am. About fifteen total at 10am.
Sunday 2nd October 2016. For the 3pm show, I got stalls O22 reduced to £47.50 purchased at 2pm.
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
The Bodyguard
Stalls row A Up to 30 £25 Monday to Thursday / £27.50 Friday and Saturday Available from 10am to personal callers at the box office only. Maximum 2 tickets per person.

TodayTix also offer £15 front row "Rush tickets" for EVENING performances only, by lottery.
Download the App from, unlock the "Rush Ticketing" feature by sharing on Facebook or Twitter, and that will allow you to enter the daily draw to be allowed to buy tickets.

Reader reports:
Saturday 23rd July 2016. 10.15am. Just got a day seat. Second in queue at 8.25am. Only 3 of us until 9.15am. only about 15 when box office opened.
Thursday 4th August 2016. 8am and I'm the one lonely soul in the day seat line. Still alone at 9.05am.
Saturday 6th August 2016. First in the queue at 7.15am. Next people got here at 8am, 11 of us at 8.50am. About 30 by the time box office opened. Got A19.
Tuesday 16th August 2016. Got there at 7:30am, first one there. Still barely any people by 9am.
Monday 22nd August 2016. managed to get day seats for tonight's performance at 5.50pm! :)
Tuesday 23rd August 2016. 9.10am. 2 people in the queue.
Thursday 25th August 2016. Two front row day seats for this evening at about 12.15pm.
Wednesday 31st August 2016. We got 3 day seats yesterday at 11am.
Saturday 10th September 2016. 1st in the queue at 8:15am, 7 people at 9:30am, 10 when box office opened.
Saturday 17th September 2016. Arrived 10:30am. I was still able to purchase one matinee ticket in front row for £27.50.
Saturday 24th September 2016. Not so busy... got stalls A19.
Saturday 8th October 2016. I arrived at 8.35am, I was 11th. Still got front row tickets for the evening performance.

Donmar Warehouse
One Night In Miami
Rear circle standing 20 £7.50 For all performances EXCEPT on Press Night. Occasionally if there is no demand, they may sell to telephone callers later in the day - but that is generally unlikely and visiting the theatre is far safer feels the monkey. Waiting varies from none to "camp overnight" depending on the production.
In advance, they have another scheme. See the show page for details.
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
      No policy.

App TodayTix are offering £25 "Rush tickets" for all EVENING performances ONLY. Released at 10am for the performance on that day, first-come, first-served.
Download the App from, unlock the "Rush Ticketing" feature by sharing on Facebook or Twitter, and that will allow you to buy tickets.

A reader says on Wednesday 10th August 2016: we tried the TodayTix app today - tickets were released at 9am.

The Play That Goes Wrong
      No policy.
Duke Of York's
The Dresser
Box office discretion Box office discretion Front Stalls and Dress Circle: £30

Rear Stalls, Rear Dress Circle and Front Upper Circle: £20

Rear Upper Circle: £15

Restricted view side Upper Circle: £10

Available to personal callers at the venue. Locations subject to availability and box office discretion.

Reader reports:
Wednesday 26th October 2016. Only me at 8:20am.

The Woman In Black
      No policy.
The Entertainer
Stalls row AA 12 £15
The front row of the stalls will be sold as "day seats" through a lottery at Today Tix. It is possible to write to the company to be entered into this draw, too.
The box office only offers cancellations and returns, normally from 6.30pm onwards. Very few, if any, tickets are sold by this route.
The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time
Box office choice. Box office choice. £15 Sold from 10am. Limited to 2 per person.
During the previous run at the Apollo Theatre, a reader advises arriving 2 hours before the box office opens. Saturdays in particular, those not there by 8.30am or so could well be disappointed.
For earlier reader reports: click here.
Reader report: 21st September 2015. 9.20am, Second in line at 9.20am.
Reader report: 10th October 2015.  4 of us in queue at 8:10am.
Reader report: 14th November 2015. 1st in queue at 8.40am, 8 queuing at 9.40am.
Reader report: 28th November 2015. 7th in the queue at 9:20am. At 10am, 11 people waiting.
Reader report: at 13th January 2016. 9am, I was 5th in line. We got 4 day seats, two front row and two in a box with a partially obstructed view.
Reader report: 2nd February 2016. 3 people at 9am, 7 at 10am.
Thursday 7th April 2016. 9am and 4th in line.
Saturday 7th May 2016. Only 4 of us in the queue at 9:20am! We got front row centre stalls.
Saturday 14th May 2016. 3rd in line at 8.30am. People pushed in. Got E21 and 22 stalls.
Monday 16th May 2016. Got there at 9:30am, was 7th in line and got a Stalls F7.
Tuesday 31st May 2016. 1st in line at 8:37am. Next arrived 8:50am. 8 people by 10am. Got stalls D9 to 12.
Saturday 11th June 2016. Arrived 8:45am. 3 in queue. We were 4 and 5. 9:15am: 11. 9:40am 12 in queue. Got dress circle C12 to 15, perfect. Box office said they give out 15 day seats per show.
Friday 17th June 2016. 8:15am, first in line. One more person at 8:45am. yes! Got Stalls B12 and 13. wanted to buy 3 tickets, they said no. But luckily they let the person behind me (who only needed one), buy 2, including the one next to me...
Monday 4th July 2016. Arrived at 9:30am, and was 7th in the queue. Got seats B16 and B17, and by the time the box office opened there were 12 people in the queue.
Wednesday 6th July 2016. Got there at 9:50am, with 9 people in front of us. By 10am, there were 11 people in total. Everyone got seats, we got G5-8 of the Stalls.
Friday 5th August 2016. First in line at 8.35am. second group turned up at 9.10am. Now 8 of us in the queue.
Saturday 3rd September 2016. Arrived at 7:42am! First in line. Now a long wait I guess, haha. 9:42am, 5 people in the queue.
Saturday 10th September 2016. Got a day seat for the matinee at around 10:20am. Row F in stalls.
Harold Pinter
Sunny Afternoon
      No policy at the moment.
Theatre Royal, Haymarket
The Libertine
Stalls row A 13 £15 Sold from 10am to personal callers at the box office. If any are left, then they will be sold by phone from 10.30am on 020 7930 8800. A £1.50 per ticket booking fee will apply to phone transactions.
Reader reports:
Tuesday 27th September 2016. Was there first at 9am. Second person arrived at 9.50am .
Saturday 22nd October 2016. 8:37am 2nd in queue, 1st person was here at 8am. 7 at 9.52am.
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.

London Palladium
No current regular production.
The Lion King
Box office discretion Box office discretion £25 "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 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.
Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
Thriller - Live
      No policy.
New London
School of Rock
Box office discretion Box office discretion £20 Available each morning from 10am. Limited to two tickets per person. Seats are allocated at the discretion of the Box Office Manager.
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.
Reader reports:
Wednesday 26th October 2016. 2 and 3 in line at 8am. 4th just arrived at 8.15am. Got front row stalls side block. Look about 20 available front row.
Wednesday 26th October 2016. 6pm, 4th in line for student £10 Wednesday evening tickets.
Noel Coward
Half A Sixpence
Front row D stalls 16 £20  
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
King Lear
No Day Seats.
Check for returns at the box office.
Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
No current production.
      Closed for the winter until May 2017.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 and 2

Instead, there will be a "Weekly Ticket Lottery:"
At 1pm each Friday, 40 tickets, located all over the theatre, for each performance in the following week will be released. Tickets cost £40 (£20 per per play). To enter the lottery, you need to visit at 1pm every Friday. Customers will be placed in a queue, and selected at random to be allowed to buy tickets. If selected, you can buy a maximum of two tickets for parts one and two in a single transaction.

The Last Tango
      No policy.
Jersey Boys
Box Office discretion Minimum of 12 £25 Sold on the day of performance, from 10am when the box office opens. Tuesday to Thursday performances ONLY.
Reader report: 12th August 2014: Got a front row ticket valued at 67.50 at around 1pm.
Reader report: 4th November 2014. 9am: 1 person waiting.
 Reader report: 13th December 2014: First in the queue for Jersey Boys at 8.20am on a Saturday.
Reader report: 15th August 2015: 8.20am. First and Only Waiter till 10 am ... In August dayseats at sat. (35 pounds) (this was a limited offer in August 2015 only - editor).
Tuesday 23rd August 2016. 2 of us in the queue at 9am, then 7 by the time box office opened :)
Wednesday 14th September 2016. Managed to get 2 day seats at 6:45pm! Central row B too - a little surprised :)
27th October 2017. Got day seats at 12 noon. Not front row, but we are happy.
Stalls row BB 13 £10 From 10am.
Reader reports:
Saturday 18th June 2016. First in line at 9am. 6 by 10am, got row BB 7 and 8 :).
Wednesday 22nd June 2016. 4 in the queue at 9.30am. 6 people when Box Office opened at 10am.
Monday 4th July 2016. Two day tickets in hand for 1984. 4 people in line by 9.45am, 8 by 10am.
Tuesday 5th July 2016. 9.07am, first in queue. BB7 and 8 seats. By 10 am only 4 people in queue.
Saturday 17th September 2016. Arrived 9:45am, and was 3rd in queue. 4 people in queue by 10am.
Thursday 27th October 2016. 5th in the queue at 9:05am. 17 or 18 by 10am.
Prince Edward
Box office discretion Box office discretion £25 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.
A "lottery draw" is also held each week at 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TodayTix are offering £15 "Rush tickets" every Friday and Saturday. Released at 10am for performances on that day, first-come, first-served.
Download the App from, unlock the "Rush Ticketing" feature by sharing on Facebook or Twitter, and that will allow you to buy tickets.
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.
Stalls row BB 15 £15 Available via TodayTix only, by online lottery.
Download the App from, unlock the "Rush Ticketing" feature by sharing on Facebook or Twitter, and that will allow you to enter the daily draw to be allowed to buy tickets.
Motown The Musical
      No Day Seats.
St James
Last 5 Years
      No policy.
St Martin's
The Mousetrap
Stalls row A 16  £27.50 (£28.50 Saturday) From 10.30am. Limited to 2 per person maximum. Credit or Debit cards only (not Solo or Electron).

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.

Trafalgar Studio 1
Buried Child
      No policy.
Trafalgar Studio 2
Lunch / The Bow of Ulysses
      No policy.
Dead Funny
      No day seats.
Victoria Palace
No current production.
      Theatre closed for refurbishment.
No Man's Land
Box office choice. Box office choice. £20 From 10am. Limited to 2 per person maximum.
Once all seats have been sold, standing places may be sold, priced £10 each.
Front row stalls will be sold as "day seats" through a lottery at Today Tix.
Download the App from
Reader reports:
Monday 19th September 2016. 8th in queue at 8.45am. They only had 9 day seats available at £20. They have more standing tickets at £10.
Wednesday 21st September 2016. 1st in line at 7am today.
Thursday 29th September 2016. 4th in line at 8:45am!
5th October 2016. 8.26am and 9th in queue. So, it was 8 day seats, and I was number 9 so to speak. :-(
I got two standing seats instead but they were not fun. We were lucky to jump into a pair of empty seats for the second half, otherwise it would have been less of a treat and nearer to punishment. ;)
So, get there before 8am...
Monday 3rd October 2016. 11th at 8:50am They only sold 8-10 front row tickets for each performance.
Friday 28th October 2016. passed in front of the theatre, and counted 9 people at 8:20am.


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