Before the Arts Council decided that it was all about the middle aged, they used to think that theatre was all about the young people. A relic of this golden age is A Night Less Ordinary, a remarkable scheme whereby those under 26 years old are offered free tickets for shows at theatres as diverse as The Donmar, The Royal Court, The Young Vic and the mighty Ambassador Theatre Group.
Taking advantage is fairly straightforward: simply phone the box office to book, arrive at the theatre in good time to collect your tickets and bring suitable identification or impressive street slang to prove that you’ve lived for less than quarter of a century. Needless to say, selections are restricted but it’s certainly possible to pick up some pretty good tickets if you call up with enough notice.
My top picks:
- Enron at the Royal Court. Good tickets available for late in the week shows (including Saturday night) from the 8th of October. Just phone the box office on 020 7565 5000 during normal opening hours.
- The Mountaintop at Trafalgar Studios. Phone the all-powerful Ambassador Theatre Group booking line on 0870 060 1488.
- The Girlfriend Experience at the Young Vic. Give them a ring on 020 7922 2922.
- Pornography at the Tricycle. Tickets available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays up to 14th August – get in quick and call on 020 7328 1000. Or if you fancy a trip to Kilburn (and who doesn’t!) then you can also turn up in person.