The theatre lover's guide to saving

Are you a theatre lover, but can’t afford to keep up with the costs? Here’s our guide on how to save at the theatre instead of missing out.

Use the web
From Gumtree to Facebook to Twitter, the internet is the best place to shop for discounts. Put it out there that you’re looking to buy tickets to a particular show, and someone might know someone who’s selling their ticket on the cheap.

Make sure you follow your local theatre and actors on Twitter and join their Facebook groups. If you keep up with their latest feeds and posts, you’re sure to find giveaways and discounts. Make sure you’re a fan at the forefront of their online and social media activity, and you’ll seldom miss out.

Do the matinee
Matinee performances are usually cheaper, but you’ll need to book well in advance to secure a seat. It may not feel as special as an evening out, but you could always glam it up by ending the show with a sunset cocktail. Make use of our specials and deals.

Montecasino in Johannesburg has started a Theatrics programme, where you could save up to 50% on ticket purchases when you become a member. Take a look at their website for more details.

Do your research
Call centres are costly (Computicket charges 65c per minute) and tedious. Booking online may be your best bet, but sometimes collecting from the ticket point works out even cheaper.
Make sure you do your research by investigating all possible sales channels, such as

Volunteer as a chaperone or stage assistant
An evening of helping out might not be for everyone. But if you’ve got the time and are really strapped for cash, it’s a great way to score free tickets and cosy up to the cast.

Remember  – most theatres provide discounts on tickets for pensioners, students, children and group bookings, so don’t forget to ask.

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