Cheap tickets at the National Theatre

The National aims to make theatre as accessible as possible to as wide an audience as possible, with a range of cheap ticket prices, discounts and concessions, some available before the day of performance, others available only on the day and some of these only when all other tickets have been sold.


Cheap theatre tickets available before the day of performance


Travelex Tickets:

The National Theatre's partnership with Travelex means that almost half the seats for a range of new shows each year are reduced to our lowest price. Details can be found on the Travelex Tickets page.

Friday Rush

Every Friday at 1pm a limited number of £20 tickets for the following week’s performances will be released to buy online.

Regular cheap tickets:

At the National Theatre (Olivier and Lyttelton Theatres and our temporary theatre)

Tickets priced at £15 are available for most performances at the National Theatre. In the Olivier, Lyttelton and Dorfman Theatres these are limited per customer and are in high demand. Standard £15 tickets may offer a partially restricted view of the stage.

In the West End
£15 tickets for War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

War Horse plays at the New London Theatre and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is at the Gielgud Theatre. There are no per-customer limits on these tickets, and they go on general public sale each time extra dates are published – they are popular and can sell out quickly. £15 tickets for these shows have a restricted view.

Under 18s discounts:

Tickets are half-price for Monday to Friday evenings and all matinees at the National, excluding Travelex productions and tickets under £28.

For, half-price tickets are available for all performances (excluding tickets under £28)

Reduced price Previews:

New shows in the Olivier and Lyttelton Theatres generally have some of the first performances (designated as Previews) available at reduced prices (for all but the lowest price). Details are listed on the individual show pages.


Cheap theatre tickets available on the day of performance at the National Theatre


Day tickets:

See Day Tickets for details of when these tickets go on sale


In the Olivier and Lyttelton Theatres, once all other tickets have sold, tickets are available on the day for people to stand at the back of the circle. The views are clear, with no obstructions. Tickets cost £5 and can be booked in person or by phone.


Subject to availability, previously unsold tickets are sold close to the performance start time:

General Standby: Available 90 minutes before the performance.

Evening at the Talk House:
Best seats available reduced to £25

Les Blancs and The Suicide:
£35/£25 reduced to £20

As You Like It, Waste ,, Ma Rainey's  Black Bottom, :
£50/£55 reduced to £35/£40
£39/£44 reduced to £24/£29

During reduced price Previews all standby tickets are £20.

Reduced Standby: £15 from 45 minutes before the performance, for members of certain groups, in person only with ID. Available to Students, Stage Pass, SOLT, NCA, & theatre union members and the unemployed.

Please note: all returned tickets are sold at full price; we cannot offer concessions, discounts or standby rate on these tickets.