Top Tips for getting tickets to a Sold Out show

By Shiona Walker

When you attempt to book tickets for that show you've wanted to see for ages, seeing the words Sold Out can be a theatre-goers worst nightmare. Do not fear: Sold Out doesn't always mean you can't get your hands on a ticket.

Follow our Top 5 Tips to get you in to a Sold Out show and you'll be wishing you knew this all before!

Day Seats

Many West End Theatres offer Day Seats for those willing to queue at the Box Office from 10am on the day of the performance.

Wicked offers front row stalls seats for £29.50 (max. 2 tickets per person)

Disney's The Lion King offers day seats for £20 (max. 2 tickets per person)

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Standing Tickets

For sold out shows, a number of theatres will put standing tickets on sale for a discounted price. If you can stomach standing for a few hours, then give standing seats a go!

The Lyceum Theatre offers Upper Circle Standing tickets for Disney's The Lion King. These are available for £20 once the theatre is full and can be purchased from the box office on the day of the performance.

Shakespeare's Globe offers 700 groundling tickets for £5 on all performances.

The Royal Court offers 4 standing tickets for the Theatre Downstairs - on sale an hour before a sold out show - for an absolute steal of 10p each!

The National Theatre offers £5 standing tickets in the Olivier and Lyttleton theatres once all other available seats are sold. These are available to book in person or over the phone on the day.


Lines form from outside popular shows from around 8am in peak periods - so you have to be persistent. Some customers return their tickets at the very last minute, so you could always  try the theatre later on in the day if you're not an early riser! It is worth checking the Leicester Square ticket booths as well as the theatres themselves.

Alternatively, you could give the theatre a call on the day and see if they have any availability.