So. I’m just going to throw this out there. *Not like when you gently throw halved grapes out to the birds – because apparently bread isn’t a good idea any more. But more like when you’ve had 1 minutes sleep all night – and you are on the edge of throwing all YOUR toys out the pram if anyone so much as peeps at you again… that type of throwing.
When did London theatre get so hugely unaffordable?
No. Really. When??
To put this into context, do you remember when I wrote about family days out in May? Like… going to see Lion King the Musical?
It’s a show I’ve seen before, and I’ve been waiting for the little one to be the perfect age to take her. So, armed with my (old) knowledge of best places to sit and where to get tickets at decent prices, I went online to book. Just now.
Fell off my chair…
Because ticket prices are NOT what they used to be for the London West End shows.
What would have cost £35.00 a ticket (if you know where to book) a few years ago, is now coming in at £180.00 a ticket!
£180.00 a ticket?!
So. What would have been a family trip to the theatre for just over £100.00, now comes up at £370.00.
I just don’t understand it. How can prices have jumped up so much in such a short space of time? And, isn’t theatre meant to be for everyone? Those prices are NOT for everyone!
Now. If we really REALLY wanted to go, I could pay the £370.00 for tickets. But I’m not going to. Because that’s what our hotel cost for our Disneyland Paris trip (actually, I think it was less than that!). And, given the choice to go to the theatre, or back to Disneyland, I know what everyone would pick.
Now. This is no way at all a pop at the most brilliant Lion King the Musical – which, is, absolutely incredible. I did a quick search and across the board, plenty of shows were coming in with this type of ticket pricing. *Tickets in prime viewing rows.
It’s true. I could pay less sitting at the back. If we went for tickets towards the back of the Grand Circle (Stalls are on the ground floor, the Royal Circle the 1st floor and Grand Circle at the very top), I could be looking at a more affordable £52.50 a ticket, so in total £157.50.
£157.50 in my opinion is still A LOT to be sitting at the very top, near the back!
I want us to go out and really enjoy the shows that we see. I want to be able to buy good tickets, so my little one can see the full stage. So she’s not trying to see round a pillar or missing the stage because of overhang. So she gets the same chance as I did to fall in love with musicals.
For now I’m going to wait until August to see if we can bag any of the ‘Kids Week’ tickets for the Lion King, where it’s buy one and get one free. But I’m also going to be doing a bit of digging to see if there are any other ways of getting fab seats for less than in the £100’s each.
I’ll let you what I find out!
*When I talk about London theatre, I do mean the big BIG musicals. Not the lovely children’s shows such as Bear hunt, The Gruffalo and The Tiger Who Came To Tea, which are, thank goodness, still priced in what I would call a more affordable price range.