Free theatre tickets for under 26’s

Kate Tempest. Photo: Emmest

Many London theatres are offering free tickets to under 26-year-olds as part of an ongoing government scheme to encourage young people to explore the arts.

Over 200 theatres and arts venues across London are taking part and we have provided a list of the participating venues along the East London line where you can get your free tickets.

To be eligible for tickets to plays and other art events all you need is to be under 26. Visit participating venues’ websites for details of show times and email the addresses below to get your free ticket:

  • The Albany: Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG.


  • The Blue Elephant: 59a Bethwin Rd, Camberwell, London, SE5 0XT.

Email for more information.

  • Half Moon Young People’s Theatre: 43 White Horse Road, London, E1 0ND.


  • The Barbican Centre: Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS.


  • Rich Mix: 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA


  • Hackney Empire: 291 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ.


  • The Arcola Theatre: 27 Arcola St, London, E8 2DJ.


Review of free under-26 event at the Albany:

It’s true what they say: things taste sweeter when you don’t have to pay for them, and Kate Tempest’s spoken word evening at the Albany was no exception.

The event, hosted by Kate Tempest, a shining talent on the spoken word circuit, consisted of performances by Blue Grenada, Brothers Grim and Kate Tempest herself (read more about Kate Tempest in this profile by ELL’s own Megan Clarke)

The two-hour poetry slam was held on a stage in the cafeteria on the ground floor of this south-east London arts centre and proved fun and inspiring.

The five poets were varied – some spoke about sex and relationships, whereas others were more political, covering issues like the credit crunch. The atmosphere was relaxed and cordial – audience members sat on closely spaced tables in front of the stage.

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