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A Seat in the Stalls


Many theatres and cinemas offer reduced prices to the over 60’s, and it is always worth while asking if there is a concession in price whenever you are booking tickets.

Here is a quick look at seat price concessions in London.


All matinees in all three theatres sell tickets for 13.00 a head to senior citizens.

So a ticket which might cost between 18 to 22 in the Cottesloe studio theatre, or up to 30 in the Lyttleton Theatre or the Olivier Theatre can be bought for the same bargain rate of 13.

Only the upcoming production of “My fair Lady”, with Jonathan Pryce as Professor Higgins will have top price seats at 36, and senior citizens tickets for 15.00


National Theatre box office 0207 452 3000

Or book online at





The ENO extends a welcoming concession to students and senior citizens alike.

On the day of performance, unsold tickets can be bought at the special price of 18 (12.50 for students).

Parties of senior citizens or students can book at between 15% to 35% discount throughout the season. A group is 10 or more individuals.


ENO Box Office 0207 632 8300

Or book online at



No concessions. When asked why, a languid voice explained “a lot of the people who come to us are over 60 anyway !”



This group, which includes many London theatres such as The Lyric, The Apollo, The Gielgud, The Queen’s, The Palace (all on Shaftesbury Avenue),The Duchess, The Theatre Royal Drury lane, The Cambridge, The Garrick, the New London, Her Majesty’s Theatre and The London Palladium offers group bookings for senior citizens (a group can be between 8 or 15 minimum depending on the show ) and also discounts in the hour before the performance, sometimes up to 50%, on showing proof of age and identity.

More details of the shows available, everything from Felicity Kendall in “Fallen Angels” to “Phantom of the Opera”, can be found on their website



Most offer matinee concessions. An easy way to check and book is online :

Another useful website, for browsing and booking is that of the Society of London Theatres,


ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY at Barbican Theatre, and Stratford on Avon

Every matinee and every Wednesday evening , there are discounts for the over 60’s, all tickets at 16 (instead of 20 for matinees or 27 for evenings)

Also standby tickets on the day of the performance are sold to students and over 60’s for 12 for any performance.    

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