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Top tier West End ticket prices fall for first time in seven years

Top priced tickets in London’s West End have dropped for the first time in seven years, while the lowest priced tickets are up 13 per cent on last year.

The Stage’s annual ticketing survey found that the most expensive tickets for shows cost £116.09 on average, which is a fall of 1.2 per cent on 2018. Since 2012, top priced tickets have shot up every year, with it jumping a fifth in price from 2017 to 2018.

On the other end of the spectrum, the average cheapest ticket across shows, which has had a lot more fluctuation over the years, is up 13 per cent in 2019 to £21.84.

Top priced tickets for musicals averaged out at £149.19, down 2.8 per cent from 2018, while the average most expensive tickets for plays was £83.12, a decrease of 1.7 per cent.

The lowest cost tickets for musicals have risen by 13 per cent to £25.21 this year, while for plays they have increased by 15 per cent to £19.74.

Hamilton is the most expensive ticket for a musical for the second year running, at £250, while Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has the most expensive ticket for a play, at £145, which is £30 cheaper that the 2018 tickets.

The Comedy about a Bank Robbery is the cheapest ticket for a play in the commercial West End at £11.25, while the cheapest-priced ticket for a musical is £15 for Only Fools and Horses.

Image: Steve Collis