So you want to see Hamilton but you don’t feel like splashing out £200 for tickets? Of course you don’t. We’re your obedient servants, on your side to make sure you get in and satisfied.
There’s an online lottery to bag £10 seats for every Hamilton performance. Just enter your details or download the app and if you’re successful you’ll be notified. There are a few things to note, however.
Number One: You can’t apply for more than two tickets.
Number Two: It’s a fairly last-minute thing.
Number Three: The lottery opens at 4pm two days before the performance in question and closes at 2pm the day before.
Number Four: You’ll find out if you’re successful through an email sent at approx. 3pm.
Number Five: The lottery for Monday performances starts a little earlier, opening on Friday and closing on Saturday.
Number Six: Being successful in the lottery doesn’t mean you’ve already got your ticket! You have until 6pm the day before the performance (or Saturday, for a Monday performance) to call the box office and claim your ticket. That’s roughly a three-hour window.
Number Seven: Pick up your ticket from the box office by 6pm on the day of the performance.
Number Eight: If you don’t pick your ticket up by 6pm, it might be resold.
Number Ten: No need for duelling.
Buying seats in advance
If you want to make absolutely sure you’ve got a ticket you can just buy one. The whole thing’s sold out until July, but tickets are on sale up to 15 December 2018. And with the aid of Theatre Monkey—an indispensable aid to working out whether the cheap seats are worth it or whether you’ll be stuck behind a pillar with no leg room—here’s what we recommend you look for.
For £20, there are eight ‘slip’ seats at the edge of the Grand (upper) Circle, four either side. They really are side on but at least they’re at the front of the circle. The seats have an obstructed view (let’s just assume all the seats we’re talking about now have an obstructed view) so there’ll be some bits of the stage you can’t see, but for £20 this is brilliant value.
The next ticket level up is £37.50. Cheapo here is relative. You’ve got a few options at this ticket price, all still in the Grand Circle… There are four boxes with two seats each, all priced at £37.50 per seat. Theatre Monkey recommends boxes A and C for a slightly better view, and the chairs are movable which is handy if you need a bit more legroom.
Seats 19 and 20 on rows A to E are £37.50 because the safety rail gets in the way of the view a bit. They’re on either side of an aisle so big tick for legroom but not so much for sitting with friends.
Seats D1 and D2, C38 and C39, and D38 and 39 are also £37.50 because of the obstructed view, but at least you get to sit together.
The last four rows of the Grand Circle are all priced at £37.50. That’s because you’re in the gods, but hey, it’s Hamilton. The music reaches all the way back there.
Obviously, these tickets are popular and some of the cheap seats are already snapped up. But if you’re flexible on dates—especially if you can take a Thursday afternoon off to see the weekday matinee—you’ve got a good chance of picking up a bargain.
We also don’t imagine Hamilton’s going to finish its run at the end of this year so sign up with your email on the website. If you can wait for it, you’ll get to hear when the next lot of dates are released and be one of the first to pick off the cheap seats.
And one last time—er, sorry, we mean one last thing—there’s no booking fee on the tickets through Ticketmaster. We very much approve.
Make sure you’ve also read about how Hamilton’s paperless ticketing system works before you buy.
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