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About us

Official London Theatre is the number one site to get tickets, news and exclusive interviews for top London shows. Run by not-for-profit organisation Society of London Theatre, we work directly with theatre owners and producers to give you access to information, events and promotions that you won’t find anywhere else.

Getting you the best deal on tickets

Official London Theatre has two annual ticket promotions: Kids Week in the summer, and our New Year Sale in the Winter. We also bring you year-round discount tickets with our last minute booth TKTS.

Our in-person ticket booth, TKTS, was originally known as ‘The Half Price Ticket Booth’. The first booth was a small, wooden hut painted in green and yellow stripes, which stood on the West side of Leicester Square. It, in 1980, was the first ticket booth of its kind in Leicester Square, and has subsequently spawned many imitations. Following the installation of an electricity sub-station beneath the garden, Leicester Square was reopened by the Queen in 1992, and TKTS was welcomed to its new home in the Clocktower Building by the Mayor of Westminster. The Half Price Ticket Booth was renamed ‘TKTS’ in 2001, adopting the name of its Broadway counterpart in New York. To this day, TKTS continues to provide fantastic in-person advice and assistance for Londoners and visitors looking to buy a theatre ticket.

Kids Week has been encouraging children and their families to experience the magic of live theatre since 1998. Originally just one week long, Kids Week has grown in popularity and now runs throughout the whole month of August. Kids Week is now the UK’s longest running theatre audience development initiative.

Our New Year Sale was launched in 2001 to encourage people to ‘Get Into London Theatre’, and has firmly established its place on the London theatre calendar. It gets bigger and better every year!

Bringing you theatrical calendar highlights

As an arm of Society of London Theatre, we get insider access to two of the biggest events in the theatre calendar: the Olivier Awards with Mastercard, and West End LIVE in Trafalgar Square.

The Olivier Awards with Mastercard are British theatre’s most sought-after awards, and have been a mark of theatrical greatness since they were inaugurated in 1976. With exclusive access in the lead-up to the awards, we bring you everything you need to know about the nominees and, with unmatched backstage access on the night, we get you closer to the winners than anyone else.

Every year Official London Theatre works alongside Westminster City Council to present West End LIVE, a two-day festival in Trafalgar Square showcasing London’s world-class musical theatre scene. As insiders, we can help you with everything you need to know to make your weekend unforgettable.

Keeping you in the loop

To make sure you always have theatre at your fingertips, we produce a fortnightly printed London Theatre Guide, send regular email updates, and invite you to connect with us on social media. Sign up or follow us through the icons at the bottom of the page.

Helping you visit

We want to make your theatre trip as enjoyable as possible, so we’ve created a whole Visit Theatreland resource. Check out about free things to do before and after seeing a show, and find out which restaurants have special offers when you show your Official London Theatre ticket.

Theatre should be enjoyed by everyone, so we are also committed to providing access information including listings of audio-described, captioned, signed and relaxed performance. We publish a printed Access Brochure four times a year, which is also available in braille and on a CD.

Investing in the future

We support all of the work the Society of London Theatre undertakes to invest in the future theatre industry workforce. This includes the yearly ‘behind-the-scenes’ career fair, TheatreCraft, for ages 16-25, and Stage One, a registered charity that supports new commercial UK theatre producers and productions.