In 1980 Society of London Theatre established the very first half price ticket booth in Leicester Square. It was also the year when Nicholas Nickleby and Willy Russell's Educating Rita were the hottest shows in London's Theatreland. The Theatre Museum opened its doors to the public and a site was chosen for Shakespeare's Globe theatre.
Known as 'The Half Price Ticket Booth', Society of London Theatre’s original 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.
The ticket services available at TKTS have changed significantly since 1980. TKTS now has a wide range of offers (including the original half-price discounts) making it a one-stop shop for buying tickets safely in the West End.
Customers can buy tickets from TKTS at a range of discount prices of up to 50% off the ticket price, both on the day of the performance and up to a week in advance.
TKTS also sells for a limited number of shows at full price. Tickets sold at full price do not incur a booking fee, so you are guaranteed never to pay a penny more for your tickets at TKTS than if you bought directly at venue.