Angels in America at the National Theatre: How to get tickets for one of 2017's hottest shows

Jessie Thompson
Hot ticket: Denise Gough, Nathan Lane and Russell Tovey in rehearsals: Helen Maybanks

Theatre fans have had their work cut out for them in 2017. As if nabbing tickets to Hamilton didn’t feel stressful enough, the National Theatre’s Angels in America is proving to be one of the hottest tickets of the year and is completely sold out.

Tony Kushner’s critically acclaimed 1980s epic drama, which opens for previews next week, is in two parts and lasts about seven hours. The starry cast features Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough and Russell Tovey, and is directed by Marianne Elliott, who has had hits with War Horse and Curious Incident. And everyone is very excited about it.

Tickets may have disappeared in a flash, but there are still ways to get your hands on them. Here’s our trusty guide on how to make sure you don’t miss out on one of the biggest theatre events of 2017.

The Angels Ballot

For other productions at the National Theatre, there’s a chance to buy Friday Rush tickets at £20 for the next week’s performances. But for Angels in America, there will be a ballot for tickets that will open on selected Fridays and close on selected Wednesdays (the next one opens on May 11).

Winners will be chosen at random and be able to book tickets for performances within the select period for the ballot you entered. There are 50 ballot tickets for every performance and it’s free to enter.

But if you’re selected, tickets are not guaranteed, so be quick! You have until 12pm the next day to log in and book. Here’s the sweet part: tickets are only £20 (per part).

Day tickets

Set your alarm clock: there are twenty day tickets available on the day of the performance, priced at £15 and £18.

They can only be bought in person from the ground floor box office, and can be bought from 9.30am. (On two-show days tickets can only be bought as a pair, for £30/£33).

NT Live

If neither of these go your way, you can still see Angels in America via a National Theatre Live performance.

Part One: Millennium Approaches will be broadcast to cinemas around the country on July 20, and you can see the next part, Perestroika, on July 27. And there are encore performances of both parts from August 4.

Angels in America is at the National Theatre from April 11;