How to Get Cheap Theatre Tickets

Yvonne AK Johnson: How to Get Cheap Theatre Tickets

How to Get Cheap Theatre Tickets

If you’re like me, you’d love to be at the theatre every chance you can get. Sadly, most of us are priced out of the big ticket broadway shows, and many of the smaller theatres as well. Going to the theatre shouldn’t have to be a special treat or a splurge, but that’s what it’s become. If you want to have all the excitement of the stage to brighten your weekend on a regular basis, you’re going to have to get savvy about how and where you shop for tickets. Here are some insider tips for the cheapest possible tickets that will satisfy both your artistic mind and your wallet.


TKTS Booths

There are three of these around New City, two in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn. Show up the day before for a chance at dramatically discounted matinee tickets, or same day tickets right in Times Square.


Standing Room Only and Rush Tickets

You can typically find these cheap, last minute tickets on the day-of at the box office itself for around $35 — a real steal. Some go by lottery, however, so be aware that you might need to try your luck a few times. If there’s a booth or boxoffice on your way to work or a friend’s place, I recommend stopping in regularly for the best chances.


Broadway Week

This incredible promotion is going on right now! Don’t waste any time to get two for one Broadway tickets for some of the hottest shows around!



Thanks to the Threatre Development Fund, you can get seats at some of the best and brightest off off Broadway shows for — that’s right — only nine dollars! They offer tickets to dozens and dozens of plays, musicals, and events at a price that simply cannot be beaten.


Bring a Kid

In an incredible promotion for youth and the arts, High Five Tickets will offer two tickets at $5 each to anyone accompanied by a minor aged 13-18. There aren’t even any booking or service fees!


30 Under 30

This program at 2econd Stage Theater allows audience members under 30 years old to buy tickets for only $30. They even throw in an invitation to an under 30 after party with free snacks and drinks. It doesn’t get much better than that!


Back 20

Atlantic Theater Company offers an awesome deal to fill in the back rows of their shows. If you’re willing to sit in the back for preview performances, you can get seats for a dirt cheap $20!


Go to the Park

We all love cheap, but free is even better! New york has some of the best free outdoor theatre you can find anywhere, and what better way to watch a show than under the stars? Check out the events on the Parks and Recreation website for the best free show in town.

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