Rushing to the Theatre: A Guide to Student Rush, Lottery and Standing-Room-Only Tickets

By Carey Purcell
20 Jul 2013

If waiting until the day of the show is too last minute for you, don't worry. There are plenty of ways to buy affordable tickets in advance as well.

Playwrights Horizons

This Off-Broadway house allows students to buy a membership for $10 and purchase $10 tickets for the rest of the year. To sweeten the deal even further, members can buy a guest ticket for $15 with the membership student ID card.

If you've already graduated, you can opt for the 30 & Under Membership, which costs $20 per year. Members can then purchase a $20 ticket and one guest ticket per production for $30. Members must present valid proof of age when picking up each ticket. Playwrights Horizons also offers HOTtix ($25 rush tix for patrons aged 30 and under) for all productions.


Roundabout's low-price ticket program for theatregoers between 18–35 is free to join and gets members $20 tickets to all Roundabout shows, both on and Off-Broadway. All tickets are $20 (plus fees). Members can purchase two tickets for each show, in advance, but their guest will also need to provide proof of age. 

$30 Under 30

Second Stage's program allows patrons under the age of 30 to buy 
$30 advance tickets to any performance at the Off-Broadway performance space.


Signing up for Lincoln Center Theater's discount ticket program for 21-35 year olds lets members buy $30 tickets in advance for all theatre productions. This includes shows at the Beaumont Theater, the Newhouse Theater and its Broadway location.

Public Theater

Student Tickets: $25 tickets can be purchased in advance at the box office for every Public Theater performance on sale to the general public. Patrons must have a valid student ID at the time of purchase, and there is a limit of one ticket per ID. Cash only and subject to availability.


Becoming a member of the Theatre Development Fund permits theatregoers to purchase tickets days, and sometimes weeks, in advance. A one-year membership costs $30 and offers members discounts of up to 70% off the full price. Tickets, which can be purchased through the TDF website, cost $9-45. And, don't forget about the TKTS booths that offer discounted tickets daily.