We are an accredited Living Wage employer. This means we pay our employees according to the rates recommended by the Living Wage Foundation - not the lower National Living Wage set by the government. However, as well has having a commitment to our staff to ensure a fair days pay for a fair days work, we also want to provide the best deal for our audiences and make live comedy as accessible to everyone as possible. While paying the Living Wage does sometimes mean we have to pass extra costs on to the customer, we still endeavour to keep prices as low as we can. Our Edinburgh club also hosts a completely FREE improv comedy show every Sunday afternoon.
We’re not a massive venue - so usually best suited to couples and small groups of friends. As such we specifically limit the number of larger group bookings we take on any evening, so please get in touch with the box office rather than book individually or in smaller blocks as it can cause problems for you on the door and occasionally we have to turn away groups. We do ask for a bonded deposit for all larger groups - £10 per head payable in cash, by cheque or leave a card with us. If nothing else it's taxi money for the way home!
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY TICKETS?
Our weekend and special shows regularly sell out so it's best to book as far in advance as you can for those events. For most week night shows you are able to buy tickets at the door on the night, but we'd recommend arriving for the doors opening to ensure the best chance of entry. Our venues are all general admission and we are a mixture of seating and standing room, so best to arrive early to choose your preferred seating.
HOW DO I COLLECT MY TICKETS?
upon entry to the club you will be asked for the reservation name and we'll check you of the door sheet list.
For some shows we need Photo ID in the name of the reservation.
CAN I BUY/COLLECT TICKETS IN PERSON?
You can buy tickets in person at The Stand Edinburgh box office, which is open 10am to 7pm Mon-Fri and 12-7pm Sat, or at The Stand Newcastle box office bistro, which is open daily from 5pm to 11pm. Please note that Glasgow does not have a box office and is only open to the public at the door times stated for each performance.
WHAT COUNTS AS A CONCESSION TICKET?
Concessions apply to the following and we require the following ID:
Students 18+ in full time education
Valid Matriculation Card
Anyone receiving unemployment/incapacity benefit or disabled living allowance
Job seekers' letter
Letter confirming entitlement to benefit
DOES MY TICKET GUARANTEE ME A SEAT/RESERVE ME A SEAT?
No, our venues have unreserved seating and standing room. We recommend that you arrive as close to doors opening time as possible if you want to get a seat. Although the majority of the venue is seated, those who arrive after all the seats are taken stand in the bar area. If you have a disability or are unable to stand for any reason then you must contact us in advance on [email protected]. Let us know the name of booking, the show and the date and we can add a booking note. You still must arrive for doors to get seated.
CAN WE BOOK SEATS FOR A GROUP?
No, all our venues have unreserved seating and standing room. It's up to your group to get in early for seats.
WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE TO GET A SEAT?
It's better to arrive as close to the doors opening as possible as the clubs fill up quickly, especially at weekends.
CAN WE PRE BOOK OUR SEATS TO EAT?
No, our venues have unreserved seating and standing room. If you are looking to eat in Edinburgh or from the venue menu in Newcastle then we'd recommend you arrive for the doors opening to get seats. If you want to eat in the Newcastle Bistro above the venue you can book a table there by calling 0191 232 0707
DO YOU SERVE FOOD?
Sorry, not at the moment.
CAN WE ORDER FOOD AND DRINK IN ADVANCE?
If you are coming in a large group to our Edinburgh venue then we recommend you pre-order your food. If you're coming in a small group or to our Glasgow venue then you can just order when you arrive. In Newcastle we take bookings in advance for our bistro on 0191 232 0707. If you prefer you can just order on the night from the menu in the club. Alcohol cannot be pre-ordered and bar tabs are not available, in accordance with licensing laws.
DO YOU DO GROUP DISCOUNTS?
No, we try to keep ticket prices are low as possible for everyone.
HOW LATE CAN I ARRIVE?
If you have paid in advance for your tickets you can arrive at any point before the show starts. Please be aware that for some productions, latecomers may not be admitted or may be asked to wait until a suitable break in the show to join the audience. This is especially true for Edinburgh Fringe productions. We have unreserved seating and standing room so we recommend you arrive early if you want seats.
WHAT TIME DOES THE SHOW FINISH AT?
Most shows run for 2 hours, including intervals, but can run on slightly. Generally week day shows will finish about 10.30pm and Friday and Saturday shows will end around 11.15pm. Please check the approximate end time during booking. Customers who may be required to leave early can do so without issue.
CAN WE HECKLE/TALK DURING THE PERFORMANCE?
No, we want everyone to enjoy their night out and our clubs and aim for a theatre-like environment when the acts are on stage. Some performers encourage audience interaction, in which case feel free to join in when you are spoken to. Please don't be offended if we ask you to be quiet - other people have paid to listen to comedy, not you and your friends.
IF WE CAN'T MAKE THE SHOW, CAN WE GET A REFUND?
Guaranteed refunds must be requested 24 hours before the doors opening time by contacting our box office on 0131 558 9005 during office hours or by emailing [email protected]
Refund requests after this stage are at the discretion of the company and promoters however we will always try to help our customers if we have the opportunity to sell the tickets on. Accepted refunds will be made for the ticket sale amount and will not include booking or postage fees unless there is company fault. Please note: We cannot refund tickets on the door on the night.
ARE THERE ANY AGE RESTRICTIONS ON SHOWS?
The majority of our evening shows are over 18s. Daytime, early evening shows of festival productions at all of our venues can vary in age guidance so please check at time of booking. We also operate a challenge 25 policy so if you're lucky enough to look younger then you will be asked for ID. We only accept a UK or European driver's license, a valid passport or proof of age card bearing a PASS hologram.
Unfortunately The Stand Comedy Club in Glasgow is in the basement of a listed building, and there is a reasonably steep flight of 15 stairs down to the entrance. The staircase is approx. 4Ft wide and has handrails on both sides. The turning circle is 4ft x 4ft at the bottom of the stairs into the club. Once inside, the venue is all on one level, with one disabled access cubicle in each of the ladies and gents toilets. The venue does offer assistance on the stairs into the club, but we are aware that this is not always suitable. With prior warning we can lift a chair and user down and back up the stairs, although would ask that patrons bring as light a chair as possible. We will endeavour to help anyone with requirements covered by the DDA, but please contact us in advance to discuss by email on [email protected] We are happy to book a free of charge carer’s ticket. Due to fire regulations we can only have one wheelchair user in the premises at any time.
CARERS COMPLIMENTARY TICKET
We are happy to book a free of charge carer’s ticket. Please email [email protected] to arrange. Please allow extra time to book as some shows are busy and can sell out and we have strict capacities in our venues.
COVID PASSPORTS-DO I NEED ANYTHING TO ATTEND A SHOW?
NHS Covid Pass - Is not required as our capacities are lower than 500
Government Guidelines suggest people should do a lateral flow test (LFT) before entering a crowded place. We would advise that customers do that for their own peace of mind and the safety of others
We offer 100% refunds anyone with symptoms should not attend and contact [email protected] we will arrange a full refund.
ADDING ON TICKETS TO A BOOKING?
Our website has a limit of 6 tickets per purchase and it also sometimes does not allow you to make more than one booking for the same show date.
If you have friends that wish to join you they can book and if you arrive for doors you will get seated together.
Please note that our rule about larger groups of over 6 people still applies and will not be permitted unless they have booked via our admin office: [email protected].