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Tips for Booking Cheap Theatre Tickets in Brisbane

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by Sigrid Parker (subscribe)
Travel writer, with teenage kids, who treats Brisbane as a holiday destination...every weekend!
Published March 24th 2013
How to save $$ and 5 top tips for booking success
The answer: Buy a season ticket and restrict yourself to mid week dates.

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How to save $$ on theatre tickets:buy a season ticket

From three plays or more with Queensland Theatre Company (QTC) or just one show if you are a large group at La Boite, a season ticket is a theatre goer's best friend.

Not only are tickets much cheaper than for one off plays, it is also a great excuse to catch up with friends regularly, make time for a drink in the foyer and then to share laughs (and tears) over a fictional person's dramas.

For busy people, a season ticket to the theatre is the very best of "best friends". We select a year's worth of plays months in advance and spend a night at the theatre six times a year.

When we started our "theatre nights" our children were toddlers. It was a sanity break, the only sure way of getting out of the house without our littlies in tow.

It has been such fun that we will clock up our tenth anniversary next year. Our little group has grown, through word of mouth and friends of friends, to a merry dozen. Now, it is a regular adult play-date every eight weeks throughout the year on week nights.

The downside of a season ticket, though, is you have to be organised well in advance. So here are 5 top tips for booking ahead successfully.

The "How To" of Getting Organised:
You do have to lock in dates ahead of time. We book in November for the following year when tickets become available – so we never miss out on popular shows, get the pick of the seats and have something exciting to write on the calendar come January.

Top 5 Tips for Successfully Booking Ahead:

1. Book mid-week so it never clashes with major events on the weekend (i.e. parties). Incidentally, mid-week tickets are the cheapest tickets of all.

2. Avoid school holidays and important birthdays. Avoid footy finals nights too if you need a reliable babysitting father!

3. Have one person book on behalf of the group to ensure that you all book the same plays and dates.

4. The "planning" meeting is another fixture on the social calendar. Ideal locations tend to be a favourite café or restaurant with plenty of time. So long as you come away with a decision on dates and plays it does not matter how you spend the rest of the evening…

5. And finally. Having got this far and been super organised, remember to write the dates on the calendar.

Who Else Offers Season Tickets:
There are season tickets for music, dance as well as drama.

We select plays from the progams of La Boite and Qld Theatre Company. But there are season tickets to a wide range of other mediums. These include Queensland Ballet, Southern Cross Soloists, Opera Queensland, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva, Queensland Youth Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra and more.

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Why? A chat, a glass of something and an entertaining laugh …or cry
When: As often as you want. We go 5 or 6 times a year. Theatre seasons tend to run February to November.
Phone: La Boite 07 30078600, QTC 07 3010 7600
Where: La Boite theatre at QUT Kelvin Grove, QTC perormances at QPAC in South Bank or the Billie Brown studios, West End
Cost: Tickets from $22 – a massive discount on regular prices.
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