TKTS – WHO WE ARE
TKTS, originally known as the Official Half Price Ticket Booth, is run by the Society of London Theatre on behalf of the theatre industry. Operating since 1980 in the heart of Leicester Square, the booth’s unique official status guarantees you amazing bargains, an incredible choice of shows and friendly, award-winning customer service from expert staff.
Society of London Theatre (SOLT) is the not-for-profit organisation which provides a collective voice for the theatre owners, producers and managers of all the major commercial and grant-aided theatres across London. As well as protecting the interests of all its member theatres, SOLT promotes theatregoing through activities including the Olivier Awards with MasterCard, the TKTS ticket booth, the Official London Theatre website and its printed fortnightly listings guide, Theatre Tokens and the popular annual celebration West End LIVE in association with MasterCard. It also administers the audience development initiatives Kids Week and Get Into London Theatre, and supports a number of theatrical charities including Stage One and Mousetrap Theatre Projects.
Why buy from TKTS
As the official Leicester Square box office for the Society of London Theatre, TKTS offers genuine discounts and value for money. We speak directly with theatre box offices across London every day to ensure we are bringing you the best discounts and deals.
A great choice
TKTS offers a wide choice of discount theatre tickets on the day of the performance and in advance. If the show you are looking for is not offering discounts, there are still normally full price seats available through us.
We are theatre lovers! All staff working at the booth are knowledgeable and passionate about all the London stage has to offer. We have normally seen most, if not all, of the shows on our boards and we’re able to provide you with honest, impartial advice.
A name you can trust
The TKTS ticket booth is run by the Society of London Theatre, the trade association that represents the theatre industry in London. With over 30 years’ experience of selling tickets in Leicester Square, we’ve provided millions of customers with discounts tickets to great West End shows.
TKTS is also accredited by the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR) and all ticket sales are made following the STAR code of practice.
Not for profit
Society of London Theatre is a not for profit organisation that invests in a wide range of educational and promotional projects to encourage theatre-going. Because of this you can feel safe in the knowledge that any profit we do make goes straight back into the industry. Some of the projects and campaigns TKTS supports include the Laurence Olivier Bursary, Kids Week and the Access Guide. For more information about these activities and the other work which the Society of London Theatre engages in visit www.solt.co.uk and www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk.
A little bit of TKTS History
Originally known as 'The Half Price Ticket Booth', the first booth was a small, wooden hut painted in green and yellow stripes which stood on the West side of Leicester Square. It was the first ticket booth of its kind in Leicester Square and has subsequently spawned many imitations. Following the installation of an electricity sub-station beneath the garden, Leicester Square was reopened by the Queen in 1992 and TKTS was welcomed to its new home in the Clocktower Building by the Mayor of Westminster. The Half Price Ticket Booth was renamed ‘TKTS' in 2001, adopting the name of its Broadway counterpart in New York.