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Published September 11th 2013
From the Opera to the STC, theatre's never been so cheap
You and your bank account don't have to fight over the theatre anymore
When collecting her CBE earlier this year, artist Tracey Emin told us, 'Art is for everyone, not just the elite'. Luckily, many of Sydney's theatrical types think the same way. So, even though premium Opera tickets might always remain at once-in-a-lifetime prices, there are plenty of schemes that can get you into a seat without burning a hole in your pocket. Even if you're not a student. Here's the low down on five of the best dramatic deals in the city. Just a word of warning: procuring them often involves old-fashioned methods, like making phone calls and turning up in person.
Opera Australia: Since I've already given it a mention, we may as well start with the traditionally most out-of-reach of all stage-dwelling art forms: opera. However, Opera Australia is breaking the mould by offering $44 standing-room tickets and balcony box restricted (a.k.a. 'listening') seats. The trick is that you can only buy them in person from the Sydney Opera House House Box Office. They go on sale at 9am on the day of each show. There are also $44 Student Rush tix, available an hour before all performances.
Sydney Theatre Company (STC): Suncorp's to thank for the STC's relatively new deal. Every Tuesday at 9am, a limited number of $20 tickets go on sale for the following week's performances. To nab one, you can either call 9250 1929 or visit the STC at The Wharf (Pier 4/5, Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay).
New Theatre: If you're doing it tough, Wednesday's the day to down your dose of drama in Newtown. All tickets, for everyone, are just $17, and you can even use that newfangled Internet thing to book them in advance.
Lally Katz's Return to Earth is currently showing at the Griffin Theatre
Griffin Theatre: If just one day of the working week has left you deflated and disaffected, you can escape at Elizabeth Bay's SBW Stables Theatre for $15, with the Griffin Theatre's Monday Rush. Just rock up an hour before the show's scheduled starting time.
Bell Shakespeare: If you'd like to brush up on your thees and your thous or if you've lately found yourself mixing up your Pucks and your Bottoms, then breathe a sigh of relief. You can get yourself along to a Bell Preview for $35. Under 30s can use their youthful charm to purchase tix to any production for just $33.
Some of these no longer work :(
A good service I use iswww.itsonthehouse.com.au - they offer promo tix super cheap and have listed events by some of the companies on this list before. e.g. I've grabbed tix worth $100 for only $10