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West End top theatre ticket prices up on pre-pandemic levels

West End theatre prices have risen by 21.3% since before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research from The Stage. 

The theatre publication found that the average top ticket price currently falls at £140.85 ($172/€163), which is an increase on the £116.09 price in June 2019. 

The most expensive show in the survey was Cabaret at the Playhouse, where tickets can cost up to £303.80.

A reason for the high ticket prices for Cabaret was the redesign of the theatre to accommodate the production, which saw several hundred seats removed and a lower capacity for the Playhouse. 

Despite the price rise of the most expensive tickets, the survey found that the lowest-priced tickets have only risen by an average of 3.3% since 2019, up to £22.56. 

The most expensive seats for West End musicals now cost around £154.36, an increase of 3.5% since 2019. 

Average inflation over the past three years in the UK is roughly 12%. 

Some theatre shows had a top ticket price of £114.69, which is a jump of 38% compared to 2019. The top musical ticket price was Cabaret at the Playhouse, while the top play price was To Kill a Mockingbird at Gielgud Theatre, £199.50. 

The lowest musical price was Dear Evan Hansen at Noel Coward Theatre at £7.50 and the lowest play price was Jitney at Old Vic for £13.50. 

The survey took prices for performances taking place on Saturday June 25. 

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