Are there deals to be found for the Bolshoi?

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Less that a week until the start of the Bolshoi’s season in London and I’ve seen no budging on the steep prices. My normal £12/£18 pound seats are resolutely not moving from £45, and my hopes of seeing perhaps one show from the stalls are being ruined by £85 prices. I already did Bolshoi standing, and I don’t want to be able to say that, once again, I saw half of Spartacus, even if this time it is the other half (my standing seats only allowed a view of half the stage).

The Mariinsky are continuing to be more accomodating in their ticket pricing. In addition to the bulk buy deals announced earlier, they recently sent out an email announcing £45 seats for best available dress circle seats (use “SUMMERBALLET” in the promotion code field). Even better, they have been offering some seats through the Leicester Square TKTS stall – which means you can choose half price on the VERY best seats in the house (if they are available), or, if you’re more budget minded, half price in the upper balcony. This is a fantastic deal. Now when are the Bolshoi going to budge a little? Sadly, based on the total sellout of the Saturday Spartacus performances, it seems that price movement is not in the cards. Does anyone have any tips on getting seats at below full price, or must I resolve myself to only seeing them once or twice this year?

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