Average theatre ticket price in the United Kingdom (UK) 2013-2018

The price of theatre tickets in the United Kingdom (UK) has gradually increased over the last six years. On average, theatre tickets in the UK cost 27.10 British pounds in 2018, over two pounds more than in 2017.

Ticket prices rise, audience numbers decline

The number of performances at UK theatres has increased in the last two years, although audience figures have been down. According to the same analysis of ticket sales by the UK Theatre association, the number of tickets sold declined in 2016 and 2017 before showing a small recovery in 2018. Regional theatres have especially struggled with audience numbers in recent years, and many have been forced to put up ticket prices to account for the loss. Nevertheless, average tickets prices achieved have managed to increase at a relatively stable rate overall, giving some hope for the future of national theatre.

UK theatre market

Theatre is a major part of the UK’s arts and cultural scene. The theatre landscape includes regional, mostly publicly funded theatres nationally, and the West End theatre district in Central London, where the highest concentration of commercial theatres can be found. Besides Broadway, the West End is one of the famous theatre districts in the world.

Average price of theatre tickets in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2013 to 2018*

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Release date

January 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2013 to 2018

Special properties

UK Theatre member venues**

Supplementary notes

* Average ticket price achieved (tickets from average ticket price asked)
* Data collected from member venues of UK Theatre, the association for theatre and performing arts organizations in the UK.

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