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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 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.

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.
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.
Saturday 1st July 2017. Was there at 7.30am and was 5th in the queue! Got 2 central front row tickets.
Thursday 6th July 2017. 7 people in line at 9.03am.
Saturday 8th July 2017. 4 people in line at 6:18am, 9 people at 7am, 14 people at 8:24am, 19 people at 8:54am. 35 at 9.35am.
Saturday 8th July 2017. 11th in line at 7.20am. Got dress circle row J for the evening.
Wednesday 12th July 2017. We were the first in line at 7:55am. Next person joined at 8:45am. 15 of us by 10:30am, but about 6 of those had arrived after 10am.
Saturday 22nd July 2017. 3rd at 7.30am, and still three of us at 8.20am.
Saturday 29th July 2017. First at 7am, 2nd, 3rd and 4th all came around 7.40am. Only 9 at 10am.
Wednesday 2nd August 2017. joined queue at 9.20am, and I was 11th. Matinee front row day seats were gone by 10.39am. Got front row for the Evening.
Saturday 12th August 2017. I was number 2 at 7.30am, we were 12 by 9am...and then lost count...
Saturday, 12th August 2017. Arrived at 8am and was 5th in the queue. 9 of us by 8:30am, 17 at 9:30am and around 30 when the box office opened at 10:30am. Got Stalls A20 for matinee performance.
Monday 14th August 2017. 9.50am - 8 people queuing.
Wednesday 16th August 2017.

At 7:57am there were 2 people in the line when I joined. At 8:53am more people joined, bringing the total to 8 (including myself). By 9:52am there were 12 people. I got A19 which was fantastic, bang in the middle behind the conductor. 
Saturday 19th August 2017. 2nd and 3rd in the queue at 7:30am. Worth it as we were dead centre!
Friday 25th August 2017. 2nd at 8am, 3rd and 4th came at 9am.
Saturday 26th August 2017. 3 just before 8.30am.
Saturday 26th August 2017. 11 at 10.10am.
Monday 28th August 2017. today! It's 07:07am and I am the 3rd on the queue ;). 7.33am and we are six on the queue now. Got A22.
Wednesday 30th August 2017. Passed the theatre at 7.20am and there were already 3 people queuing.
Saturday 2nd September 2017. Only 1 person at 7:45am.
Saturday 9th September 2017. 4 people in line at 8:15am.
Saturday 16th September 2017.  I was 1st at 7am, 2nd at 7.20am, 21 people by 10am.
Wednesday 20th September 2017.  First one at 8:45am. 2nd and 3rd came at 9:10am, still 3 of us at 9.50am. 8 or 10 when the box office opened.
Thursday 21st September 2017. 3rd in line at 9:20am.
Tuesday 26th September 2017. 8am and 1st in the queue.
Saturday 7th October 2017. 2nd at 8am, 3rd and 4th came right after. 3 more came at around 8.30am and 2 more just now at 8.40am. 13 by 9.20am.
Tuesday 10th October 2017. First in line at 8am. Only 3 by 10.10am.
Saturday 14th October 2017.  5th at 7:55am. Definitely much busier on weekends!
Saturday 14th October 2017. 7th at 8.10am. Got the last pair of front row seats for the matinee.
Saturday 21st October 2017. I was number 5 in the queue at 8.50am, 2 more joined since then at 9.45am. Long line by 10am.
Saturday 3rd November 2017. 6th at 8.40am, and so far I'm still the last one at 9.10am. 18 at 10am.
Tuesday 7th November 2017. 1st in line at 9.16am, two more at 9.18am, 4th at 9.45am, 10 people by 10.30am.
Saturday 18th November 2017. I was 9th at 8.55am, 13 of us at 9.40am.
Friday 24th November 2017. 4 at 9.55am
Friday 30th November 2017. 9.45am - 9 persons in line. 10.30am - 18 persons (including us) in total. Got Dress Circle K 11 to 16.
Saturday 2nd December 2017. 9am I was 7 in the queue, we were 12 by 10am.
Saturday 9th December 2017. 9.50am. About a dozen (12).
Monday 8th January 2018. 9.20am, me and my friend, 2 more at 9.30am, the 4 of us at the box office opening.
27th January 2018: Arrived at 8:50ish and were 13 and 14 in line. About 30 by the time the doors opened, and a few more by 10:30am when seats went on sale. Got E3/4 in the dress circle, as first row was sold out, for £20 for the evening show!
Tuesday 6th February 2018. 9.55am. 10 people outside.
Saturday 10th February 2018. Got 3 on dress circle row C. Even coming at 10:15am.
Friday 9th February 2018. We arrived at 8:15an, two people arrived a few minutes after us and 2 more 30 min after them. About 20 people when the Box office opened. We got middle front row, amazing seats.
Friday 23rd February 2018.  4th in line at 9.45am, 9 people by the time the Box Office opened.
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
      No policy announced.
Box office Stalls row A /
Friday Rush
Box Office discretion
Box office 10
Friday Rush
Box Office discretion
Friday Rush
Box Office discretion
 Day Seats: From 10.30am, maximum 2 per person
"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 or box office phone 020 7452 3000.

Reader reports:
Saturday 10th February 2018. Arrived 8.50am and am the second one in the queue. We were only 8 at the time they opened (10 o'clock). They gave me a choice of first row ( a bit restricted view) or last row in the circle. I went for the circle.

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

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, 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.

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:
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.
All Or Nothing - The Mod Musical
      No policy.

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.
Julius Caesar
Box Office AND Todaytix
Standing promenade places
Box Office 15
Box Office discretion.
Box Office AND Todaytix

 The box office are offering £15 day seats STANDING PLACES IN THE CENTRE PROMENADE for all performances. Available from 8.30am. Box office counter is at the end nearest the doors, to the right as you enter.

App TodayTix are also offering £15 "Rush tickets" STANDING PLACES IN THE CENTRE PROMENADE for all performances. Released 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.


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.
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.
Charing Cross
 Harold and Maude
      No policy announced.
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Bat Out Of Hell
      No policy announced.
Donmar Warehouse
The York Realist
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
42nd Street
Box office discretion Box office discretion £25

Sold from 10am. Limited to 2 per person at the theatre in person. Seat location usually best available front stalls or circle.

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, unlock the "Rush Ticketing" feature by sharing on Facebook or Twitter, and that will allow you to buy tickets.

Reader reports:
Saturday 19th August 2017. Got there after 9am and was 5 in front but still got centre front row for matinee. Previously, once got there after 10am, and got front row on side of stalls. Doesn't seem that busy a queue yet.
Saturday 26th August 2017. 9.25am, 4 now. At 8.30am was 3. 15 at 9.50am. Got centre front row AA 12 and 13 for £15 each.
Wednesday 27th September 2017. Arrived 10.30am. Received last front row day seat for the matinee performance.
Monday 16th October 2017. First in line at 8am. Still the only one in line at 9:45am.
Monday 4th December 2017. 9.50am, first in line. Got row A seats 3 and 4.
Friday 15th December 2017. First in line at 9.30am.
Saturday 30th December 2017. I arrived at 8am and was the first one. 2nd at 8:40am, 3rd at 8:43am, 4th 9:13am, 7th 9:50am. I got row B seats 22 and 23 for the evening show. Box office staff told me this was the only "pair" of tickets (2 seats next to each other) available for that performance.
Tuesday 13th February 2018. 6pm. H1 and H2 in the stalls for £15, just now. My kind of day seat!

The Play That Goes Wrong
      No policy.
Duke Of York's
Mary Stuart
Box office:
Stalls row A /
Top non-premium price area
Box office:
up to 12
Box office:

From 10am, maximum 2 per person.
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, unlock the "Rush Ticketing" feature by sharing on Facebook or Twitter, and that will allow you to buy tickets.

Reader reports:
Tuesday 6th February 2018. 9.45am. Nobody in line.
Monday 19th February 2018. Arrive about 6:30pm, and the 'day seat available' sign is outside theatre. Ask the box office. The official day seats are sold out, but they're offering other tickets for cheaper price.


The Woman In Black
      No policy.
Young Frankenstein
Stalls row AA (todaytix) / Stalls row BB (box office) 11 / 11 £25 (£20 Students) at the box office


£20 todaytix online lottery
At the box office from 10am on the day of performance. Student price requires ID.
Senior Citizens can book in advance for £35 for Wednesday Afternoons.

Online Lottery: A lottery will run each day from midnight, via

Reader reports:
Friday 29th September 2017. 4 people in line at 9:15am.
Tuesday 3rd October 2017. I got to the theatre at 9:45am and was 5th in line, so got BB5.
 Saturday 21st October 2017. I was 4th/5th in line at 8.30am, about 20 by 10am. Got second row for the matinee :)
Monday 30th October 2017.  First in line at 9:10am. 5 people at 9:49 am:).
Thursday 2nd November 2017. No queue at all at 10.10am; got 2nd row in the stalls.
Saturday 4th November 2017. 8th at 9:38am. Got BB2. Single woman after me asked for 4 matinee day seats and the clerk appeared to find her some before I left. Not sure if in BB though.
Thursday 16th November 2017. 08:55am, 2nd in queue, with no one else joining before box office opened.
Saturday 18th November 2017. 9am, 3rd in line, 11 by 9.20am. 20 when the box office opened.
Saturday 25th November 2017. 14th in line just after 9am, but got central 2nd row matinee! About 20 by 10am.
Tuesday 28th November 2017. I managed to pop into the Garrick at 5.15pm and managed to get their last dayseat for Young Frankenstein. It's always worth asking nicely.
Tuesday 5th December 2017. Arrived at 6.50pm and got row H seat 17 and 18 for £35.
Thursday 11th January 2018. Got there at 9:50am and I was the 1st one there, another lady appeared at 9:55am but apart from that I saw no one else. Got BB6/7 at £25 each.
Monday 15th January 2018. 1st at 9.20am. Got BB 6, 7 and 8.
Saturday 20th January 2018. 2nd in line at 8:20am.
Friday 26th January 2018. 1 other person in the queue at 9:26am.
Wednesday 7th February 2018. 2nd at 9.30am, and 3 more came by 10am :)
Friday 9th February 2018. Was first in line at 9am. Second person arrived 9.25am. At 9.45am we were 4, and that's all till the opener. Got Second Row middle Seat at £25. The students Seats for £20 would have been in the back of stalls.
Saturday 10th February 2018. We arrived at 8am, first in line again, about 10 min later we were 5 people. 9am we were 10. About 15 when the doors opened. We got centre row BB.
Monday 19th February 2018. First ones at 8.45am.
Saturday 24th February 2018. 3rd and 4th at 7.47am, the others said they arrived only minutes before us.

The Ferryman
Stalls row B 14 £12 Front row, from 10.30am at the box office.  Limited to 2 per person at the theatre in person.

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Reader reports:
Tuesday 27th June 2017. 2nd at 8am, and there were 16 when the box office opened.
Wednesday 5th July 2017. Arrived at 7.55am, was 7th in the queue.  we were 25 to 30 people at 10.30am when box office opened. We got front row tickets B15 and B16 for the matinee, amazing view.
Saturday 8th July 2017. First in line at 6.50am, we're 3 people at the moment.
Wednesday 19th July 2017. We were 8 at 8am; It got busier around 8.50am. 30 by the time box office opened.
Wednesday 19th July 2017. I arrived at 8.35am and was the 10th person in line. There was a matinee and evening show on Wednesdays. I was lucky to get the last 2 tickets for the evening show - the guy at the box office said there were only 14 tickets for each show.
Wednesday 19th July 2017. I got a £12 day-seat. I joined the queue at 9:15am and got the penultimate matinee day seat, as the evening ones had gone.
Tuesday 1st August 2017. 3rd in the queue at 7.40am. 6 people in line at 7.50am.
Thursday 10th August 2017. 7:20am and 3rd in line.
Friday 11th August 2017. 2nd in line at 7.25am.
Saturday 12th August 2017. 11th in queue at 8.05am.
Wednesday 13th September 2017. 7am : I was the first one. 7:10am, 2nd person has arrived. 8:15am: 3rd, 8:30am 4 more people joined. 10:30am: there was about 20 people on the queue, first 14 people definitely got day seats because there was matinee too. (I also went a day before at 9am just to try my luck which wasn't with me, there was 14 people already and no matinee. I didn't bother to wait).
Saturday 30th September 2017. Arrived 7.55am and 10th in line, 8th/9th arrived 15 minutes earlier.
Thursday 12th October 2017. 1st in queue at 7:40am. Still alone at 9am. 3 at 9.42am.
Thursday 2nd November 2017.
No queue at 10am - four of us here at 10.10am.
Tuesday 7th November 2017. Two in the queue when I joined at 9:50am, another at 10am, and a flood just before the doors opened.
Wednesday 8th November 2017. got there at 8.40am, third in line, first two were there at 8.30am; around 13 at 10.30am. Still day seats left at 12.30pm, but it's a two show day.
Wednesday 8th November 2017. Arrived at 10:40am and all day seats gone by the time we got to the front. However got a £15 seat in back of stalls thanks to dynamic pricing.
Wednesday 3rd January 2018. Arrived 9.30am -10th in queue. Offered day tickets [front row] for matinee or evening. 1st apparently arrived at 8am, 2nd just before 9am. 17 at 10am. 30 in line when doors opened at 10.30am.
Wednesday 10th January 2018. Arrived 8.25am, second in queue. 5 by 9am, 30 by 10.30am.
Saturday 27th January 2018. Walked up Shaftesbury Avenue at 9.30am this morning. 18 in line.
Thursday 22nd February 2018. Noticed 6 in queue at 9:30am.
Saturday 24th February 2018. First at 8.30am.

Harold Pinter
The Birthday Party
Stalls row A (todaytix) / Stalls row A and boxes (box office) 13 / 13 £15 at the box office


£25 todaytix online lottery
Sold from 10am to personal callers at the box office. Either 9 in the front row A, or 4 in boxes.

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Reader reports:
Wednesday 17th January 2018. 2nd in the queue around 9.30am, 7 in the queue when the box office opened at 10am.
Tuesday 13th February 2018. I arrived for the 10am seats at 9:20am today and was the first in the queue. Second person at 9.25am. About seven of us by 10am.


Theatre Royal, Haymarket
Stalls row B - the front row. 13 £15
Sold from 10am to personal callers at the box office. May appear online, with booking fee, if any are left after that.

Reader reports:
Monday 12th February 2018. Turned up at 10:15am, got B11 in the stalls. Glad I didn't day seat or I'd be frozen too...
Friday 16th February 2018. Just picked up an unsold day seat at 2:39pm on the website. Front row stalls £15, no additional booking fee. I had been refreshing the page all day, unsold seats appeared online around 2:30pm.
Thursday 22nd February 2018. Got there at midday and was delighted to find they still had Day seats available. We got front row seats 8&9 for £15 each!
Friday 23rd February 2018. 3 people at 10am!
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.
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.
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).
Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
Thriller - Live
      No policy.
Marble Arch Theatre
Five Guys Named Moe
      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
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.
It is now CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD ONLY, and tickets will be released to the ACTUAL CARD HOLDER ONLY, from thirty minutes before the show. Customers will be given a receipt to present along with the card used.
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.
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
for details.

A reader noted in February 2017 "by presenting the confirmation sheet you got in the morning - and an ID. They told us 15 minutes before curtain up was the earliest, but I got mine already at 6.55pm."

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.
Saturday 29th October 2016.  Only 10 in line at 10am.
Tuesday 1st November 2016. I was first in line this morning, alone from 9am to 9.30am. Then one lady came along, so we were 2 at opening time. Front Row for £20.
Sunday 13th November 2016. Box office opens at 10am on Sundays. First in line at 9.30am.
Sunday 13th November 2016. 11.25am, chanced my luck and managed to get 2 - A26, 27.
Thursday 17th November 2016. was first at 8am; there were about 10 when the box office opened.
Thursday 17th November 2016. 8:21am, 2 people. 6 at 8.54am.
Saturday 19th November 2016. Got to the box office at 10:30am on a whim, and they still had day seats for both shows!!
Thursday 8th December 2016. First in line at 8:30am.
Sunday 11th December 2016. 1st and 2nd in queue at 9am, 4 in queue at 10am.
Monday 19th December 2016. 9:15am and first in line.
Monday 2nd January 2017. My friend and I are 6th and 7th at 9:15am. 13 people in the queue by 10am.
Wednesday 11th January 2017. We were first in line today (2 of us) at 9:15am, another 1 arrived at 9:20am. No one else until box office opened. The day seats were located on the left hand side of the front row. Some restricted view moments with the school desks/chairs but otherwise it’s a great view. However the seats are unsuitable for anyone under 5ft 4inch (they checked we wouldn’t be bringing kids when purchasing and this is printed on the ticket).
Saturday 21st January 2017. 6th in the queue at 8:30am. 12 at 9.35am, but mostly wanted 1 ticket, so think we will all get in!
Saturday 28th January 2017. 25 in line at 10.20am.
Sunday 29th January 2017. 2 at 8.40am.
Wednesday 8th February 2017. 2 in line at 9:11am.
Sunday 6th February 2017.6th in line at 9.35am. About 12 at 10am. Got G1 stalls.
Sunday 6th February 2017. 6th in line at 10am. Got A 1 to 4.
Friday 24th February 2017. Arrived at about 9:15am and was 3rd in the queue.
Saturday 25th February 2017. I was 4th in line at 7.30am, 8 at 7.45am, 10 at 8.15 am, 13 at 8.30am, 15 at 8.45am, 16 at 8.50am, 18 at 9.00am, 19 at 9.10am, 22 at 9.20am, 23 at 9.30 until 10am. I got A7 for the Evening.
Sunday 26th February 2017. here at 8.30am, 4th in queue. Got A23-25, 11 in the queue at 10am, most buying 2, so think all the seats went today.
Tuesday 2nd March 2017. 9:15am and 3 people ahead of me.
Thursday 9th March 2017. Second person in line at 9am today. 1 further at 9:45am but that was it, at least until 10:10am. First person wanted matinee tickets, so I was first for evening and got stalls A8-A9.
Thursday 9th March 2017. Arrived at 10.20am, got A6 and 7 for tonight, I think there was plenty left and we were lucky as it is a 2 show day.
Wednesday 15th March 2017. Student tickets. 5.20pm, 3rd in line. They gave tickets out early - around 6:10pm. They have x10 student tickets - row B stalls on one side, and after that fill up edges of stalls seats if availability! I got B6.
Sunday 19th March 2017. 2nd at 8.05am. 3 at 9am.
Sunday 19th March 2017. Managed to get 2 day seats at 11am today, Circle C8 and 9!
Sunday 26th March 2017. In line at 7.30am
Sunday 2nd April 2017. Got there at 9am, 3rd in queue, no-one else turned up until 10am. Seats were mainly in circle, had a few singles in the stalls. No seats kept back as such, it seems Just had tickets that hadn't sold.
Sunday 16th April 2017. 8th at 9am.
Sunday 23rd April 2017. 2nd in line at 7.30am!
Wednesday 26th April 2017. Showed up at about 10:15am. Got Stalls L60 for £20.
 Wednesday 24th May 2017. Student Rush. Got there at approximately 5.25pm, were 6 and 7 in line, got B3 and 4. Approx 20 waiting by 6:30pm.
Monday 29th May 2017.Turned up at 9.59am and managed to get the last 2 day seats in Stalls L62 & L63 for £20.
Saturday 10th June 2017. 8.15am, 1 in queue, 9.15am group of 4 joined. No one else arrived by 10am.
Sunday 11th June 2017. 3rd and 4th at 8.20am.
Thursday 22nd June 2017. Got day seats at 10.40am for the matinee. H13 and 14 of stalls. £20 each. Bargain!
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.
Noel Coward
Girl From The North Country
Box Office
Stalls row A
Box Office discretion.
Box Office
Box Office discretion.
Box Office
From 10am at the box office.
Limited to 2 per person.

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Reader reports:
Saturday 30th December 2017. We were first at 8am, someone else not long after. Lot of people didn't turn up until after 9am.
Tuesday 6th February 2018. 9.45am. Nobody in line.
Thursday 8th February 2018. At 10.15am, I got day seat row A next the middle for £20!
Friday 23rd February 2018. Was first at 8:15am, second showed at 8:45am. I think 8 of us by 10am? It was BL**DY COLD. Worth it though.


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
Fanny and Alexander

Box office discretion Box office discretion £30
A limited number of unsold tickets, quantity and location at Box Office Manager's discretion, MAY BE available to personal callers at the box office, priced £30 each. Limited to maximum of 2 per person in the queue. They are NOT available on all dates, so be prepared not to find any, particularly on busy weekends.
Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
Closed for the Winter
The Other Palace
      No policy announced.
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.

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.

The Exorcist
Stalls row AA 12 £25
From 10am. VERY close to the action. Maximum 2 per person.

Reader reports:
Saturday 3rd February 2018. first in line at 9.20am. Second person arrived at 9.40am. Got AA3, AA4, AA7, AA8.

Strictly Ballroom
      Not yet announced.
The Best Man
Box office discretion Box office discretion £25
Sold from 10am. Limited to 2 per person at the theatre in person.

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.
NO "Day Seats" are available for "Autism Friendly" performances.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Available via TodayTix: "Rush Tickets" for £20 are available every day for all performances EXCEPT Monday Evenings.
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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.
At the theatre: Box office discretion.
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At the theatre:
Box office discretion.
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At the theatre:
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At the box office from 10am at MONDAY TO FRIDAY performances only.

Available via TodayTix: an online lottery runs every day for all performances.
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:
Wednesday 15th February 2017. Queued up at 8:50am, four people ahead. Was given M18 and N12 (stalls) for the matinee. When I left at 10:15am it looked like there were about 35 in the queue, but this is a two show day, half term and around Valentine's Day, so may not be indicative of an off-peak day.
Online there are still "premium" double seats available to buy for the same performance but unsurprisingly weren't selling these as day seats.
I paid half in theatre tokens and half in cash.
Friday 17th February 2017. Arrived at 8am and there were 4 people already waiting. Everyone after us arrived quite late about 9am. There were about 35 people waiting at 10am when they opened. Guy came out straight away and said they only had single seats. Managed to get 2 in the dress circle. The guy behind us asked for 2 and they said they only had 1 left. So we worked out overall they had 11 tickets today for day seats! A lot of disappointed people!
Monday 20th February 2017. I arrived there at around 9:25am and I was fourth in the queue. I ended up getting two seats towards the back of the stalls - T20 and T21 for £20 each.
Thursday 23rd February 2017. 4 people ahead of me in the queue at 8am.
Tuesday 28th February 2017. Got there at 8am and was 2nd in the queue. The 3rd person arrived at 8:45am, 4th+5th at 9:10am, 6+7th 9:25am, and then no more until 10am. I overheard the box office lady saying there's usually only 10 tickets. I got offered back of stalls or back of dress circle. The seats in stalls were separate but on the same row, and due to the fact today's show was going to have a visual description in the dress circle, I decided to go for stalls, as apparently they drop down a screen with a visual description in the dress circle, and I thought I would find it annoying."
Thursday 2nd March 2017. No day tickets available today.
Tuesday 7th March 2017.
3rd in line just after 9am, got seats!
Wednesday 29th March 2017.
4th in line at 9:14am, 8 when box office opened. Got stalls O25 and O26 for the matinee!
Wednesday 5th April 2017. Matinee. Went to box office 20minuts before start, and got 2 premium seats in row D 14 and 15 for £30 each!
Wednesday 12th April 2017. Arrived at 8am, fourth in queue, 15 by 10am. Got four seats stalls centre of row M.
Saturday 22nd April 2017. For the matinee, got J1 dress circle for £20 at around 11am.
Wednesday 10th May 2017. 8:35am, 2nd in line (next one arrived 9:35am). Got Dress Circle L for Evening Show.
Thursday 11th May 2017. Only one till opening of box office at 10am. Got Dress circle row E for just £20.
Friday 12th May 2017. Third in line for day seats at 9:45am, and got two singles, dress circle.
Monday 15th May 2017. Got Stalls N27 and N29 today, arrived at 9:45am.
Wednesday 17th May 2017. got matinee seats at 10:20am - stalls row L 14 and 15 - dead centre.
Wednesday 7th June 2017. 5th  at 9:18am, 6th arrived 9:25am, 9th 9:35am, 10 at 9:46am, with no more until the box office opened.
Tuesday 28th June 2017. We got there at 7.30am. No one else arrived until 9.15am, then a 3rd person at 9.30am. No one else appeared before the doors opened. Got stalls seats P23 and 24.
Friday 7th July 2017. My partner and I arrived at 9:05am and there were two people here who had arrived at 8:20am. We got two tickets each at 10am. No one else arrived by the time we left! The theatre accepted card and cash. They said sometimes it can be extremely busy so I guess we were lucky this time!
Monday 7th August 2017. I arrived at 9am and was the first person in line. 2 more turned up about a half hour later. 12 of us in the queue by 10am. Got seat B7 in the stalls for £25.
Monday 14th August 2017. 9.50am - 6 people queuing.
Thursday 31st August 2017. Arrived at 7:50am and first in the queue. Second/third arrived at 9:10am.
Thursday 7th September 2017. 11.05am. Got day seat L14 centre stalls.
Wednesday 20th September 2017. Got 2x centre 5th row seats for the matinee performance by walking up to the box office at 10.30am (no line).
Friday 24th November 2017. 1 at 9.55am.
Tuesday 28th November 2017. Got stalls D14 for £39.50 around 11:30am.
Wednesday 10th January 2018. 9.25am just us. 9.40am, two more. Just the 4 of us at 10 am. Got stalls P 9 and 10.
Saturday 13th January 2018. 8.45am. I am the only one here.
Friday 19th January 2018. 3rd in Line at 8am. Got P4+5 stalls each £25. 1st at 7:55am got Q1+2, 2nd 7:55am got L4. At 10am there were only us 3 in line.
Tuesday 6th February 2018. 9.55am. 1 outside.
Friday 16th February 2018. 9.55am. Box office almost open and 6 people in line.
Friday 23rd February 2018. I was 1st in line at 8am, 2nd arrived at 8.30am. It was just the two of us when the box office opened. I got Dress Circle E5 and 6.

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.

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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.

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).
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
The Grinning Man
      No policy.
Trafalgar Studio 2
      No policy.
Lady Windermere's Fan
Box office choice. Box office choice. £20 From 10am on the day of performance.

Reader reports:
Saturday 27th January 2018. 1st at 08:30am.
Thursday 1st February 2018.  got a front row day seat for Thursday matinée, arrived for 10am, no queue.
Tuesday 6th February 2018. 9.55am. 1 outside.

Victoria Palace
Box office choice. Box office choice. £10 (draw) / £200 (premium release) £10 Lottery: Enter using the official HAMILTON app from, or online at
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.

Limited premium tickets will be released each Monday at 12 noon for the following week's performances, at

Long Day's Journey Into Night
Box office: stalls rows A or B /
Todaytix: stalls row A
Box office: discretion
Box office discretion

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, to allow you to enter the draw.

Reader reports:
Tuesday 20th February 2018. 9.55am, 7 waiting.


Lyttelton Theatre
      The box office reports that the day seat line for this is busy.
Saturday 6th January 2018. Earliest person arrived at 4.55am, and the last person to get a ticket arrived by 7.30am on that date.
This is typical of weekends, and apparently weekday lines begin at around 6am at the time of writing, but are expected to begin earlier as the run continues.

Reader reports:
Wednesday 17th January 2018. Got there at 6am this morning was second person there... probably about 30 people come box office opening.
Monday 22nd January 2018. 5:45am, Second in the line.
Tuesday 20th February 2018, arrive at the NT at around 6:30am, 10th in line. Got Network Matinee A6 and D13. Network limit to 2 tickets per person for the whole run. So if bought two tickets before, even for someone else, you can't buy them anymore. Need to collect tickets before show.
Thursday 22nd February 2018. If you are willing to stand to see this show ( it is 2 hours straight through ) then you can buy standing tickets over the phone any day. I got one for tonight at 11.30am this morning. standing tickets are £5 plus a £2.50 fee if booked over the phone, no booking fee if bought in person. View is fine.




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