I think it’s fair to say that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one of the most sought out show in the West End currently, and for good reason! I wanted to share some tips on how to get tickets having managed to get tickets twice myself. ⚡️
The @HPPlayLDN lottery is breaking my heart every single week.
— Rukaya (@RukayaC_) July 1, 2016
🚨 PSA! Please don’t ever buy tickets from unofficial resale sites, or from ticket touts in Central London – they could be fake or you could be turned away at the door, it’s just not worth the risk! 🚨
The first time I tried to get tickets for the show, I was in an online queue for basically the entire day that they went on sale, and it’s safe to say that didn’t go well. I held out hope thinking that maybe one day I’d strike luck and succeed in the weekly Friday Forty lottery. This lottery is online via the show’s website and as the title suggests, forty tickets are released at 1pm every Friday at £40 per person, so £20 per show. These tickets are generally in the front row I believe, but I think sometimes you’re placed in other areas of the theatre and it’ll be a great seat still.
— Rukaya (@RukayaC_) September 2, 2016
As you can see in these tweets, I’ve tried the lottery quite a lot, and have been unsuccessful every. single. time. It gets pretty heartbreaking. However, as I live in London and am able to easily go to the box office whenever, my luck came in and I managed to snap up a front row ticket anyway! Someone who won the Friday Forty couldn’t claim the tickets and instead I could finally see the show! I made a video documenting my entire experience of seeing the show so if you’d like to see more about how I got my hands on those tickets and the events that followed, you can do so!
— Rukaya (@RukayaC_) October 9, 2016
Recently I’ve sort of seen everything that I want to see in the West End and decided that it was ok to re-visit some shows, and the one that I desperately wanted to see again was, you guessed it, Cursed Child! A colleague mentioned that they’d managed to snap up a cheap ticket that had been returned onto the site, so cue me frantically checking the website to see if anything was available. Lo and behold, they had dates available in the near future! 😱
I think the best thing is to try and be a flexible as possible with when you can go to see the show, which I know isn’t massively helpful for most people. Also, I think you can find tickets a bit better via the NIMAX ticket site rather than ATG (I’m honestly not sure why) so try that first. I could only find single seats for the above dates and trying to navigate all of this on my phone was a pain so I ended up running to the Palace box office straight after work and managed to snap up two tickets in the stalls!
Also, I met this amazing dog and it literally made my week.
— Rukaya (@RukayaC_) April 28, 2017
There’s obviously a returns queue as well so if you’re brave enough to tackle that and try your luck there is that option. I don’t have a lot of personal experience with it apart from walking past it sometimes but for more info on how people have got on with the returns queue I’d recommend this thread on TheatreBoard, and if you have a search on the Google box other threads are out there too!
I really hope this has helped, let me know if you’ve been to see the show and how you managed to get tickets if so! ✨