This is a guest post from Stage Jobs Pro.

We think working in a theatre box office must be, on the whole, a great job to have but, like all customer-facing roles, maintaining a cheery persona whilst serving a constant stream of people for an eight hour shift is sometimes enough to challenge even the most friendly and super efficient human being.

A sense of humour is surely part of the job description and, with that in mind, our friends at Stage Jobs Pro have compiled this amusing list of things they’ve learned from selling tickets all day, every day.

  1. If there’s a way of getting into that sold out show, you know about it…

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On Friday afternoon, we popped along to the Theatre Café on Shaftesbury Avenue to attend the launch of the new studio cast recording of Goldilocks & the 3 Bears by Olivier Award-winning George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Soho Cinders, Betty Blue Eyes, Mary Poppins, Honk!).

The Theatre Cafe on Shaftesbury Avenue - practically perfect in every way!
The Theatre Cafe on Shaftesbury Avenue – practically perfect in every way!

Fans dropped in to buy a copy of the CD and get it signed by James Gillan and Leanne Jones from the cast, plus Stiles & Drewe who had hot-trotted it there direct from rehearsals of their latest musical, The Three Little Pigs – buy tickets from here!

Now in its 18th year, the Kids Week promotion just gets bigger and better… Throughout August, Theatreland will be full of families enjoying theatre for less, thanks to Kids Week, the Society of London Theatre‘s summer promotion which enables a child aged 16 or under to see a show for free with a full paying adult, plus two additional children can go for half-price.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

More than 40 shows are taking part, including The Gruffalo, Aliens Love Underpants, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Railway Children, Hetty Feather, Let It Be, Memphis The Musical, War Horse and Wicked. Even new shows in town such as Bend It Like Beckham and Sinatra at the London Palladium are participating!

Booking is now open at www.kidsweek.co.uk or you can purchase tickets by calling the dedicated ticket hotline on 0844 248 5151. There are no booking or postage fees!

Kids Week has produced a special video to celebrate the Kids Go Free offer. How many show characters can you spot?

Here are our Kids Week top tips: