|Subject: Re: London Hotels &Theater|
Here's some information on obtaining theater tickets in London
Sandy in LA
One-half price theatre tickets: Discount Theater Ticket Booth, Leicester Square. Get there by 10:30 to line up for matinees on Wednesday, Thursdays and Saturdays, (booth opens from noon to 2 p.m.) and by 2:30 p.m. for evening show (booth open from 2:30 to 6:30). Closed Sunday. Must pay in cash.
Ticketmaster, 011-49-171-344-4444. One of the most reliable ways of buying tickets for events in London. Open 24 hours a day, they will take your credit card number, confirm your seats and either have tickets sent to you or held at the box office.
London Theater Pass. Priced at just $34, this Official Society of London Theater Pass (SOLT) lets you phone a special number given on the pass to find out what West End show will be available during your visit. The pass is then redeemed for a ticket at the show's box office or at the SOLT Leicester Sq booth. Tickets typically run $50-$75, making this a good deal. Theater Direct: 800-334-8457, or http://www.theatredirect.com.
You can book London plays ahead of time in the US through Keith Prowse, 800-669-7469; Edwards &Edwards 800-223-6108, in Los Angeles 213-488-1070; London Showline, 800-962-9246; Sterling Tours, 800-727-4359, and London Stages (818) 881-8433. For best-priced tickets call Ticketmaster, 011-44-171-344-4444, 24 hours a day.
Theatre Tonight service provided by Edwards &Edwards, will tell you in one phone call which shows have tickets available for that same night, and will let you reserve by phone with a credit card. There's no surcharge or special fee for the service. You will pay no more than the box office price, and sometimes less. The producers of the shows pay Theatre Tonight a commission to keep seats filled. Only Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Customers pick up tickets at the box office half an hour before showtime. Call in London: 753-0333 for information and reservations. Switchboard is open from noon to 6 pm for that night's performances, Monday through Saturday. It deals in tickets on the day of the performance only and claims to be able to get tickets for many of London's hottest productions.
In London, buy Time Out and What's On for the latest theater information.