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SONDHEIM THEATRE
(formerly Queen's Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue)

 

LES MISÉRABLES (musical)
From 18th December 2019.

In nineteenth century France a convict goes straight, a single mother goes on the game, students go rioting, a publican goes thieving and a policeman goes bonkers.

A totally new production of the long-running show. Now with deducted turntable.
 

 


 

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Performance Schedule:
The monkey advises checking performance times on your tickets and that performances are happening as scheduled, before travelling.

Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Runs 2 hours 50 minutes approximately. (Jean Valjean of course runs for many years more, but that is beside the point).


 

 

Ticket Prices:

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This theatre uses "dynamic pricing," with prices changing constantly according to demand. The system will advice current prices at time of enquiry.


Monday and Thursday Evenings except "peak dates":
Stalls

Rows A to R £75 except
"Premium Seats" rows E 11 to 18, F 11 to 20, G 11 to 21, H 10 to 18: £125
"Premium Seats" rows E to G 9, 10; E 19 to 22; F 21, 22; G 22, 23; H 8, 9, 19 to 22; J 10 to 21: £107.50
"Premium Seats" rows E 7, 8, 23; F 7, 8, 23, 24; G 7, 8, 24, 25: £90
Restricted view (circle overhang rows S to W / conductor in view in row A) Stalls
Rows S to U, plus row A seats 15 and 16: £55
Rows V and W: not yet on sale.

Dress Circle

Rows A to J £75 except:
"Premium Seats" row A 12 to 18; B 11 to 20: £125
"Premium Seats" row A 8 to 11, 19 to 22; B 7 to 10, 21 to 24: £107.50
"Premium Seats" row A 6, 7, 23, 24; B 5, 6, 25, 26; C and D 7 to 24: £90
Other seats are not yet on sale.

Upper Circle

Rows C and D 8 to 11, 20 to 23; E to J 8 to 23: £52.50
Rows A and B 6 to 25; C and D 12 to 19; C to J 6, 7, 24, 25; K 7 to 25: £40
Rows B, D, F, H 2 to 5, 26 to 29; C, E, G 5, 26 to 29; J 4, 5 26 to 29: £27.50
Other seats are not yet on sale.




Tuesday Evenings and Wednesday Afternoons and Evenings except "peak dates":
Stalls

Rows A to R £75 except
"Premium Seats" rows E 11 to 18, F 11 to 20, G 11 to 21, H 10 to 18: £125
"Premium Seats" rows E to G 9, 10; E 19 to 22; F 21, 22; G 22, 23; H 8, 9, 19 to 22; J 10 to 21: £107.50
"Premium Seats" rows E 7, 8, 23; F 7, 8, 23, 24; G 7, 8, 24, 25; H 6, 7, 23, 24; J 8, 9, 22, 23; K 9 to 21; L 13 to 18: £90
Restricted view (circle overhang rows S to W / conductor in view in row A) Stalls
Rows S to U, plus row A seats 15 and 16: £52.50
Rows V and W: not yet on sale.

Dress Circle

Rows A to J £75 except:
"Premium Seats" row A 12 to 18; B 11 to 20: £125
"Premium Seats" row A 8 to 11, 19 to 22; B 7 to 10, 21 to 24: £107.50
"Premium Seats" row A 6, 7, 23, 24; B 5, 6, 25, 26; C 6 to 24 and D 7 to 25: £90
Other seats are not yet on sale.

Upper Circle

Rows C and D 8 to 11, 20 to 23; E to J 8 to 23: £52.50
Rows A and B 6 to 25; C and D 12 to 19; C to J 6, 7, 24, 25; K 7 to 25: £40
Rows B, D, F, H 2 to 5, 26 to 29; C, E, G 5, 26 to 29; J 4, 5 26 to 29: £27.50
Other seats are not yet on sale.



Friday Evenings and Saturday Afternoons except "peak dates":
Stalls

Rows A to R £85 except
"Premium Seats" rows F 10 to 20; G 12 to 21: £175
"Premium Seats" rows D 10 to 19; E 9 to 21; F 8, 9, 21, 22; G 10, 11, 22, 23; H 9 to 22: £125
"Premium Seats" rows E 7, 8, 22, 23; F 6, 7, 23, 24; G 8, 9, 24 ,25; H 7, 8, 23, 24; J and K 8 to 23; L 9 to 22; M 8 to 22: £107.50
Restricted view (circle overhang rows S to W / conductor in view in row A) Stalls
Rows S to U, plus row A seats 15 and 16: £60
Rows V and W: not yet on sale.

Dress Circle

Rows A to J £85 except:
"Premium Seats" row A and B 9 to 22: £125
"Premium Seats" row A and B 7, 8, 23, 24; C and D 7 to 23; E 8 to 23: £107.50
Other seats are not yet on sale.

Upper Circle

Rows C and D 8 to 11, 20 to 23; E to J 8 to 23: £60
Rows A and B 6 to 25; C and D 12 to 19; C to J 6, 7, 24, 25; K 7 to 25: £45
Rows B, D, F, H 2 to 5, 26 to 29; C, E, G 5, 26 to 29; J 4, 5 26 to 29: £30
Other seats are not yet on sale.


Saturday Evenings and "peak dates":
Stalls

Rows A to R £85 except
"Premium Seats" rows F 10 to 20; G and H 12 to 21; J 12 to 19: £175
"Premium Seats" rows D 10 to 19; E 9 to 21; F 9, 10, 21, 22; G and H 10, 11, 22, 23; J 10, 11, 20, 21; K 10 to 21: £125
"Premium Seats" row F 7, 8, 23, 24; G 8, 9, 24, 25; H 8, 9, 24, 25; J and K 8, 9, 22, 23: £107.50
Restricted view (circle overhang rows S to W / conductor in view in row A) Stalls
Rows S to U, plus row A seats 15 and 16: £60
Rows V and W: not yet on sale.

Dress Circle

Rows A to J £85 except:
"Premium Seats" row A and B 11 to 20: £175
"Premium Seats" rows A and B 9, 10, 21, 22; C 11 to 20; D 12 to 19: £125
"Premium Seats" row A and B 7, 8, 23, 24; C 7 to 10, 21 to 24; D 8 to 11, 21 to 24; E 8 to 22: £107.50
Other seats are not yet on sale.

Upper Circle

Rows C and D 8 to 11, 20 to 23; E to J 8 to 23: £60
Rows A and B 6 to 25; C and D 12 to 19; C to J 6, 7, 24, 25; K 7 to 25: £45
Rows B, D, F, H 2 to 5, 26 to 29; C, E, G 5, 26 to 29; J 4, 5 26 to 29: £30
Other seats are not yet on sale.

Details will change. The monkey will update as available.
 

 

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Buying Tickets Online:

Other Box Office Information

Tickets offered differ between outlets. Outlets also may offer different seats via their phone and online systems. Offers may be available click here.
Theatre Box Office:
www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk provide their own service for this theatre.
This system allows you to select your own seat numbers.
 

Booking fees per ticket for online bookings:
£2.50 per ticket.

Other Online Choices (with S.T.A.R. genuine ticket agencies):


When the theatre does not have the tickets you desire available, it is well worth trying the Theatremonkey Ticketshop agency, telephone 020 7420 9778 (0044 207 420 9778 if calling from outside the United Kingdom) which offers seats with a £13.30 on £75 booking fee per ticket, (£33.50 on £175, £23.80 on £125, £21.50 on £107.50, £16.20 on £85, £11.40 on £60, £7.50 on £55, £8.60 on £45, £7.60 on £40, £5.70 on £30, £5.30 on £27.50 seats) - moderate by agency standards, though higher than box office fees, worth trying as they often have an alternative choice of seats available! Note that this system will confirm exact seat numbers prior to purchase. A £1.95 per booking, not per ticket, handling fee may apply on some transactions by telephone. NO handling fee applies for online purchases.

www.ticketmaster.co.uk offers another alternative, here, the booking fee is £12.50 on £75 (£31.50 on £175, £22.50 on £125, £19.50 on £107.50, £15.50 on £85, £11 on £60, £7 on £55, £7 on £55, £8.25 on £45, £7.25 on £40, £5.50 on £30, £5 on £27.50 seats). There is a £1 per ticket booking fee and a £1.75 per booking, not per ticket, transaction fee. An optional postage fee of £1.70 per booking, not per ticket, also applies if required and time allows.

Encore Tickets (telephone 0207 400 1253 / 0044 207 400 1253 if calling from outside the United Kingdom) offer seats with fees of £15 on £75 (£34 on £175, £24 on £125, £20.50 on £107.50, £18 on £90, £17 on £85, £12 on £60, £8 on £55, £9 on £45, £8 on £40, £9 on £30, £4.50 on £27.50 seats). A postage charge of £1.45 per booking, not per ticket may be applied to bookings made from UK addresses more than 5 days before the performance. The "Flexiticket" Exchange Service, allowing FREE transfer / cancellation (credit note up to 12 months) of your booking up to 3 days before the performance is also available for £1.99 per ticket. Discounts and "Meal and Show" packages may also be available. Quality and Value hotel / theatre ticket packages are also available

Londontheatredirect.com offer seats with fees of £15 on £75 (£35 on £175, £25 on £125, £21.50 on £107.50, £18 on £90, £17 on £85, £12 on £60, £8 on £55, £9 on £45, £8 on £40, £6 on £30, £5.50 on £27.50 seats). There is a £1 per booking, not per ticket, transaction fee for collecting tickets from the box office before your performance. Alternatively, if time allows, there is a postage to your home option, costing £2.95 (£4.95 to non-UK addresses) per booking, not per ticket. Optional Ticket Insurance is also available. Discounts and Meal and Show Packages may also be available.

ALSO SEE Tickettree.com for great value "hotel and theatre ticket" packages.

Other Independent S.T.A.R. ticket agencies may also offer an alternative choice of seats.


 

Box Office Information:
Tickets offered differ between outlets. Outlets also may offer different seats via their phone and online systems. Offers may be available click here.
Theatre Box Office:
Telephone: 0844 482 5160
(020 7812 7498 if you cannot use the 0844 number)
Operated by Delfont-Mackintosh Theatres. At busy times / outside working hours - 9am to 8pm, See Tickets may answer on behalf of the venue.

Booking fees per ticket for telephone bookings:
£2.50 booking fee applies.

For personal callers or by post: Shaftesbury Avenue, London. W1V 8BA
No booking fee for personal callers. Postal bookings attract the same £1.50 per ticket fee as telephone / online sales.
 

Special Access Needs Customers:
Wheelchair users and other registered disabled theatregoers can book their seats and enquire about concessionary prices that may be available to them on a dedicated phone line. See Notes.

www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk is the official theatre website.

www.lesmis.com is the official show website.

 

 
 
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Theatre Seat Opinions:
Please remember that cheaper seats often do not offer the same view / location quality as top price ones, and that ticket prices are designed to reflect this difference.

From December 2019, the theatre will have a new layout. The monkey will post more details when they are available.

BASED ON THE PREVIOUS LAYOUT, THE MONKEY FEELS THAT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION SHOULD STILL BE RELEVANT, AND PRESENTS IT AS A GUIDE. ANY MATERIAL THAT IT FEELS WILL CHANGE HAS BEEN REMOVED.
 

Seating Plan Diagram

Stalls Dress Circle Upper Circle Notes

STALLS 
Layout:
The Dress Circle overhangs the stalls at row G. The top of the stage is not visible past row M.

Dress Circle slips also overhang the ends of rows from around G back.

Seats are arranged in a single block.

The rake (sloped floor to help see over rows in front) is good and most noticeable from row H back.

The audience enter through the back of the stalls, behind row W.
 

Legroom:
Adequate for all but the very tallest in all seats.

Row A seats 5 and 6 have less legroom than the rest of the row.
 

Choosing Seats in General:
Row A seats 13 and 14 are slightly cheaper as the conductor can sometimes be seen. Purists might want to avoid the seats behind these - B14 and 15 - to be on the safe side, though it does not bother the monkey and it does not feel you would have a problem!

Row A seats 5, 6 are cramped, the rest look up at the fairly high stage from a reasonable angle. Only the extreme ends of the row may find looking sideways a little bit of a strain if in a lazy frame of mind. The same goes for the first and last three seats in rows B to J.

That aside, the overhang of the circle above may be registered by those in the single outermost seats from row H back. Not critical enough to ruin anyone's enjoyment, though.

Otherwise, at top price most central seats in rows back to N are pretty satisfactory. Rows D to G are prime.

Rows P and Q the monkey judges only just fair at top price as they are also further from the stage than many may like. If you are seated here, try for the centre of the rows - seats 11 to 16. The circle curves inwards and the overhang is minimised. Row R it just feels is pushing it too far for the cash.

On the plus side, whilst quite far back, when the entire stage (both horizontally and vertically) is used, it means you can take in the full effect of the scenery even if the actors seen a little way off. So, something to think about before buying - hence the "red" colour on the seating plan...if you are paying a lot for your ticket, the monkey feels you should think about things first before opting for these rows...it hopes it can help you make an informed choice!

Seats this far back are NOT for purists or a romantic evening, though - more for fans happy with hearing and seeing most of the show for the umpteenth time...

Rows S to W are a little cheaper, if you can accept the limitations, second time visitors might appreciate the change.

Rows V and W have about a fifth of the top of the stage not visible. The ends of the rows suffer particularly. The monkey isn't keen, and a sound desk installed here makes picking seats tricky. Still, so long as you avoid W15 in particular (desk takes a good fifth off your view), and V16 and 19 just for noise (there's a tiny gap between them and the desk) you are doing pretty well. Row W is slightly higher too, which helps.

Sit in the rear stalls if the Upper Circle legroom does not appeal, though the Upper Circle is likely to edge it on view alone. The restriction of losing the stage top is allowed for in pricing.

General Hazard Notes:
At the front of the stage, microphones are hidden behind raised cobbles - this does not noticeably affect the view, though purists may wish to sit a few rows back from them. Those wishing to observe lighting effects on the stage may also want to sit further back or in the Circles.

Row A 15 and 16 may have the conductor in view. This is also noticeable from seats behind in rows back to E.

Circle overhang both at the back and sides of the auditorium.

Sound desk at the back of the auditorium.

Changes for the current production:
With changes to seating in December 2019, the monkey cannot predict with accuracy very much, but would comment that:

Premium seats at two or three grades from "Super Premium" to "Premium" to "Sub Premium" occupy much of rows E to L (D to M Fridays and Saturdays). If you are paying premium prices to be fewer than 6 seats in from the centre aisle, the monkey feels they may not be really worth it. Grab row L when it is non-premium top price in those quiet midweek dates it feels, or go for rows in front (to be close) or behind (to see the floor properly).

Rows from S back are discounted in proportion to the amount of barricade action missed.
 

Reader Comments:
Removed, as details will change.
 

DRESS CIRCLE 
Layout:
The Upper Circle overhangs the Dress Circle at row C. The top of the stage is not visible from row H back.

Seats are in a single central block, with a row of slip seats intended.

The audience enter through the front of the circle near row C, with an exit at the back of the circle as well.

Legroom:
Details unavailable due to auditorium changes.

 

Choosing Seats in General:
Centre Block:
The curve of the Dress Circle makes the front corners of the stage invisible from the outermost seats. At second price, though, the monkey liked row B4 and 23 for reasonably compensating for the view against price. One for a fan who wants to see the show again and isn't worried about the small parts of the missing view. A 9, 10, 26 and 27 are comparable too, but with less legroom.

Best value seats at top price are rows B back to J from 7 to 20, 22, 23 or 24 depending on row length. Oddly, though the view of the lighting is great here, the monkey likes the mid stalls slightly better...for no good reason at all!

Rows K and L at the back of the circle are worth considering only if stalls at the same price are not available.

Row L rests on the back gangway of the circle so you will feel and hear those escaping early, but you get a head start to the exit. Last pick, as it has least legroom too.

Slip Seats / Loge Seats:

Details unavailable due to auditorium changes.

General Hazard Notes:
Details unavailable due to auditorium changes.
 

Changes for the current production:
With changes to seating in December 2019, the monkey cannot predict with accuracy very much, but would comment that:

Seats in the centre of the front rows A to D (E Friday and Saturday) are sold at premium prices. The view is excellent from 16 to 19 here especially, whether you wish to spend the extra is totally your choice, feels the monkey...

Seats right next to the "premium" ones at "sub-premium" and "sub, sub premium" prices, slightly more than non-premium, but less than "premium" ones are not really worth it, feels the monkey.

Many rear rows and slips are not yet on sale. More when the monkey has it.

 

Reader Comments:
Removed, as the auditorium will change.


Dress Circle Boxes
Layout:
Either side of the stage. With changes to seating in December 2019, the monkey has no further information at present.

 

UPPER CIRCLE
This section of the auditorium is undergoing the most major changes. Seats up here are being re-aligned, with the centre aisle removed. This should improve sight-lines. More when the monkey has it. It notes that many end seats are not yet on sale due to this.

 

Upper Circle Boxes
Either side of the stage. Again, it is intended that these will be restored to use, and the monkey will add details as available.

 

 

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Getting to this Theatre
Find this theatre on a Street Map. The theatre is just behind the arrow, actually on Shaftesbury Avenue.
Nearest Underground Station Buses Car Park
Nearest Underground Station:
Piccadilly Circus - Piccadilly (Dark Blue) and Bakerloo (Brown) lines.

The escalator from the platforms ends in a large circular underground area. 

After leaving the barriers, turn to your left, and follow the curve of the barriers around until you see an exit to your right with the sign "Subway 4" over it. Walk under this sign.

Walk through this tunnel and take the first staircase to your right, marked "Shaftesbury Avenue", take the stairs up to the street.

At the top of the stairs, take a very sharp "U Turn" through 180 degrees to your left. Look forwards and upwards for the huge advertising screen. Walk forwards towards it.

The busy road to your left is Shaftesbury Avenue. If you see the Prince of Wales Theatre, and Trocadero centre, wrong way.

For the Sondheim Theatre cross the road and turn to your right, walk by or under the covered area (take your pick in the rain!) where the cash ATM's and street artists are. Walk straight on, crossing Denman Street, Great Windmill Street, Archer Street and Wardour Street and past the Lyric, Apollo and Gielgud Theatres. The Sondheim is the last one beyond these.

 

Buses:
14, 19, 22B, 38, 53, 88, 94, 159 To Shaftesbury Avenue.

 

Taxi:
A rank for Black taxis is at Charing Cross Station - a long distance from the theatre. Best chance of hailing one is in the street outside.

 

Car Park:
Newport Place, China Town. The "Theatreland Parking Scheme" may be available here. Call Q-Park car parks on 0870 442 0104 or see http://www.q-park.co.uk for details. At this car park, parking under the "Theatreland Parking Scheme" allows a 50% discount in cost. Spaces CANNOT be reserved at these prices, so choose whether you would prefer to book and pay more, or use this scheme.

If you choose the "Theatreland Parking Scheme", you must get your car park ticket validated at the theatre's box office counter (the theatre attendant will insert the car parking ticket into a small machine which updates the information held on the magnetic strip on the reverse, thus enabling the discount). When you pay using the machines at the car park, 50% will be deducted from the full tariff. You may park for up to 4 hours after 12 noon, using this scheme and it is endorsed by the Society of London Theatre.

For a full list of car parks and theatres that participate in the 50% off theatreland scheme see http://www.q-park.co.uk.

 

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