This will enable visitors and Londoners alike to plan their theatregoing in advance. These booths are the only official discount theatre ticket outlets in London, selling half-price, discounted and full price tickets for a wide range of performances; there are typically more than 30 different West End shows to choose from. Details of what is on sale daily are posted on the website www.tkts.co.uk.
Elaine Paige and cast members from such shows as Avenue Q, Mamma Mia! and Jersey Boys recently demonstrated their support for the developments at the booth by meeting staff and ticket-buyers at the Liecster Square outlet. In a press statement, Nica Burns, President of the Society of London Theatre said: "We're thrilled that Elaine Paige and so many West End stars are helping us celebrate such an important part of Theatreland. Each year, the TKTS booth brings world-class theatre to hundreds of thousands of people and the best and fairest service. Furthermore, its profits go to fund the Laurence Olivier bursaries for drama students and many other vital theatrical causes."
The Leicester Square both has been operational since 1980, and was renamed the TKTS ticket booth in 2001. It is situated in the Clocktower Building on the South Side of Leicester Square. Opening hours are Mon.-Sat. 10 AM-7 PM and Sunday 12 noon-3 PM. A second TKTS ticket booth opened at Brent Cross Shoping Centre in June 2008, located on the upper level next to the Brent Cross information desk close to Marks and Spencer. Opening hours are Mon.-Sat. 10 AM-7 PM, and Sunday 12 noon-6 PM. Payments are accepted in cash (£ Sterling or Euros), credit card or debit card (Mastercard, Visa, Switch, Maestro or Solo) or by Theatre Tokens (which can also be purchased at TKTS). The TKTS ticket booth at Brent Cross accepts credit and debit cards and Theatre Tokens only. The booth charges a booking fee (£3) per ticket (included in the advertised price), with the exception of full-price tickets where no booking fee is charged to match theatre box-office prices. Any profits from the TKTS booths are used to develop theatre-going and to promote London theatre.