Tickets to West End musicals don’t come cheap – unless you want to be sat at the back behind a pillar, that is. So I thought that the more adventurous among you would be interested to know that you can now get FREE seats for Spamalot.
The catch? You have to rock up at the box office dressed as a knight.
Spamalot, based on the cult film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, returned to the West End following Eric Idle’s performance of ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ at the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony. It currently stars Stephen Tompkinson as King Arthur.
Arrive at The Playhouse Theatre at least one hour before curtain up, in your knight costume, and you’ll get seats to see that day’s show free of charge. Basically, you’ll get whatever seats haven’t been sold that day. The nice seats in the stalls go for £65 a pop, so the potential to make significant savings is there – especially if you go on a quieter night, like a Monday.
To guarantee free seats, you need to don at last four of the following knightly accessories:
- A helmet
- A hood
- A tunic or tabard
- A cape
- A shield
With the exception of the chainmail and gauntlets, you should be able to make the rest of this yourself, if you don’t have a dressing-up box to hand. I know that some shy people wouldn’t countenance getting dressed up like this, but I’d do so happily. It’s Central London: nobody is going to give you a second glance.
Performance times: Monday – Saturday at 8.00pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm
THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE
Tickets: £15 – £65.
Running time: 2 hours
Box Office: 0844 871 7627 | www.spamalot2012.co.uk
The offer runs until 2 November 2013, when the show closes. All knights must arrive no later than 1 hour before curtain up to book their tickets and all knights must be approved by the theatre management in accordance with terms and conditions. Management reserve the right to refuse entry. Available only in person at the Box Office on the day. Tickets subject to availability.
P.S. If you are a real knight of the realm and have ID, you don’t have to dress up and they’ll let you in for free anyway. I am not sure many real-life knights read Miss Thrifty though.
Image credits: Powerhouse Museum Collection; Spamalot.