Ridiculous Fees of 20% On a Theatre Ticket

Written by Karen Bryan

When I was in Glasgow recently I noticed a poster for a Saturday Nigh Fever production as I walked past the King’s Theatre.

As dancing to the music from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack in 1977 at discos in London is one of my most vivid memories of being a 18 year old, I thought that I might treat myself to a ticket.

My first port of call was Lastminute.com, as I’ve purchased very reasonably priced tickets for theatre shows in London on their website e.g. £17.50 to see War Horse.

Unfortunately, the Saturday Night Fever production in Glasgow did not appear to be listed on Lastminute.com.

I could only find tickets on the Ambassador Group Theatre (AGT) website. Tickets for a Wednesday or Thursday matinee were priced at between £17.90 and £51.90, plus a £2.85 transaction fee. A fee of £2.85 sounded disproportionately high. I know that even if you pay by credit card the bank will onlycharge a fee of around 3%.

The next page on the ATG website, took me a seating plan of the King’s Theatre in Glasgow. I had a click around trying to see if I could find any £17.90 tickets. I didn’t find any. The lowest price which I could find seats (which were described as restricted view) was £31.

At this stage in the booking process, another fee appeared, a £3.90 ticket fee. Combined with the £2.85 transaction fee, this brought the price of the £31 up to a total of £37.75. That’s a whopping increase of more than 20% in the price of the theatre ticket.

What a swizz. I am surprised that the addition of these fees to the ticket price is legal.

Suffice to say that I will not be forking out the best part of £40 for a restricted view ticket to see Saturday Night Fever in Glasgow.