We all know that theatre prices out everyone that doesn't own a mansion with acres of land - or a two-bed house in London - right? Well, wrong. In fact there are many ways to enjoy theatre without breaking the bank, especially if you're under 26. With this age group in mind, WhatsOnStage takes a look at some of the schemes out there - including our own Theatre Club - that help you maintain a theatre habit which, let's face it, you should all have.


1. National Theatre Entry Pass

The Entry Pass gets you £5 tickets to every single show at the National Theatre, plus access to exclusive workshops and discounts at their cafes and bookshops. You can even bring a friend who doesn't have one along for £7.50.

2. Barbican FreeB

Under 26? The Barbican will give you FREE tickets to all sorts of events encompassing theatre, dance, music, art and film. How kind!

3. RSC Key

A great scheme for those wanting to see the Bard for less. You can get £5 tickets for RSC shows in Stratford-upon-Avon and in London, plus if you see five you get a sixth one free.

4. Open Air Theatre BREEZE

The Open Air Theatre have dedicated events for their BREEZE members, with £10 tickets on offer for special evenings, as well as selling preview tickets for £10. They've also chucked in a discount at their bar and barbecue.

5. Young Vic

You can also get £10 tickets at the Young Vic if you're under 26. Plus they extend the offer to full time students too.

6. Old Vic Under 25's Club

The Old Vic release 100 tickets at £12 for every performance for members of their PwC Under 25s Club, which is valid up to your 26th birthday.

7. Hampstead Theatre

On Mondays, matinees and previews you can get £15 tickets if you're under 26, a student or a jobseeker, or Tuesday to Saturday is £18. In their Downstairs space you can nab tickets for just a tenner.

8. Chichester Festival Theatre

If you want to get out of London for a day trip, you could do a lot worse than heading to Chichester, where you can get tickets for £8.50 if you're aged between 16 and 25. They also run 'Live Nights', with special extras tailored to each show.

9. Masterclass

A charity that provides masterclasses, apprenticeships and other opportunities for everyone ages 14 to 30, Masterclass also has a range of ticket offers for members to make use of.

10. Mousetrap Theatre Projects

Mousetrap is a theatre education charity whose aim is to bring theatre to disadvantaged young people. As part of this they run two schemes - C145 for 15-18 year olds, with £5 tickets for a variety of shows and WestEnd4£10, which is for 19 to 23 year olds, and does what it says on the tin!

11. Almeida Theatre

Another one for the under-30s - you can get £18 every Monday of a run of any show at the Almeida, excluding the final week. The Islington theatre also runs a Young Friends of the Almeida scheme

12. ENO Access All Arias

Don't you just want to join because of the name? This one's open to you if you're aged 16-30, or if you're in full time education, and you can get £30 stalls seats, £20 dress circle or £10 upper circle seats. You can also bring a friend for the same price, regardless of age, and get half-price programmes.

13. Bush connect

Under-26's and students get £12 tickets for all Bush productions, which goes down to £10 for previews and matinees. You also get 10% discount at the bar as well as food and drink promotions.

14. Tricycle Theatre

The Kilburn venue also offers £10 tickets to under-26's for a variety of their shows - simply set up a user account with your date of birth and enter the promotional code on booking.

15. Sheffield Theatres Live for Five

Another great scheme giving 16-26 year olds £5 tickets for selected performances of Sheffield Theatres productions.

16. WhatsOnStage Theatre Club

Ok, bit of a shameless plug this one. But we offer a great range of discounts across the West End, as well as a range of free tickets to Off-West End shows. And with the promotional code UNDER26 you can get half-price membership if you're under 26!


There are also plenty of theatres out there offering Pay What You Can nights, and most West End shows have day seats on offer with reduced prices if you're prepared to queue in the morning. So what are you waiting for? Get buying!

Have we missed any other great schemes for young people? Let us know in the comments below