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6 reasons to go and see a show solo

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai Published 13 February 2020

For most of us, a visit to the theatre is usually considered a social event. From first dates and family events to celebrations and friendly gatherings, our thoughts immediately turn to who we should go with whenever considering a trip to the theatre.

We are here to challenge conventions and give you six reasons to go and see a show solo. Goodbye planned social theatre visits, hello stress-free, solo self-care treats!

1. It allows for spontaneity (and last-minute deals!)

Amelie The Musical tickets is transferring to The Other Palace. Photo credit: Pamela Raith PhotographyTake a leaf out of Amélie’s book and treat yourself to a dreamy solo trip to the theatre.

Sometimes, after a tough week at work or a hectic social schedule, you might just fancy escaping life to go and see a show. Having to work around others busy schedules can sometimes prove difficult but if you decide to see a show alone, you will have the advantage of picking whichever show you want to see, not only at a time convenient to you but perhaps even at a discount!

So whenever you get a hankering to see an inspiring show, to tick off that bucket list musical or to see something completely new in Theatreland, why not pop along to our TKTS booth in Leicester Square and check out some brilliant last-minute discounts for today and tomorrow. You never know what single-seat steals you might find!


2. It helps boost your self-confidence

Be bold, be brave! Push yourself out of your comfort zone and find your confidence, just like Jamie.

Ask yourself, when was the last time you did something alone? With social media and crazy work-life schedules, nowadays, it can be difficult to slot in some much-needed me-time. Though you may feel nervous at first, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone will encourage self-growth.

Treat yourself to a trip to the theatre and allow yourself the opportunity to enjoy your own company and more importantly, practice some self-love.


3. Meet new people/make new friends

Alice Fearn (Elphaba) and Sophie Evans (Glinda) in Wicked (Photo: Darren Bell)Use the intervals to spark up a conversation with strangers. Who knows what unlikely but profound friendships may be found…

Intervals are the perfect opportunities to strike up unexpected conversations with strangers. After all, you’re theatregoers who have decided to watch the same show; you’re bound to have something in common.

From learning something new to partaking in some British banter and perhaps even leaving with a newfound friend, what have you got to lose?


4. You can become fully immersed in the experience

Disney's The Lion King at Lyceum Theatre (Photo: Brinkhoff/Mogenburg)Allow yourself to be transported to lands far, far away!

By experiencing the show as a solo theatregoer, you are giving yourself permission to focus on yourself and to fully immerse yourself in the experience.

From people-watching during intervals to popping along to the stage door after the show and congratulating the cast upon their exit, you have all the time and freedom in the world when you’re working to your own schedule. So go ahead, hang back when the show finishes and soak in all that Theatreland goodness!


5. It allows you to make your own judgement

Lucie Jones in Waitress at the Adelphi TheatreTo pie or not to pie? Use the time and space to come to your own judgements.

When you’re flying solo, you have zero obligation to make any small talk or share opinions. With the time and space to contemplate your own thoughts, you will naturally form opinions that are well and truly yours!


6. You can ditch the age ratings

If you’ve had your fix of family-friendly shows, there’s always Magic Mike Live to spice up your life!

If you’re a parent whose theatre experiences revolve around panto and kid-friendly shows, why not arrange for family or friends to spend some quality time with the little ones whilst you treat yourself to a show that’s been on your radar?

We’ve got comedies that’ll make your face ache with laughter, we’ve got musicals that’ll have you on your feet and we’ve even got something a bit racier with Magic Mike Live (selling at the TKTS booth only) if you’re looking for something entirely adult-only. No judgement here, go ahead and book whatever tickles your fancy!


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