166 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PW 020 7087 7750
www.lwtheatres.co.uk - the theatre group's own website provide the service for this theatre. This site allows seat selection and provides a view of the auditorium too.
Booking fees per ticket:
A £1.50 per booking, not per ticket, postage fee applies - if required and time allows. No fee for printing your own tickets at home or collecting them on the day at the box office.
Other Online Choices (with genuine S.T.A.R ticket agencies):
Ticket agencies offer an alternative way to buy tickets, with booking fees differing from those charged by the theatre box office itself. They may have seats available or special offers when theatres do not.
Ticket agency prices vary in response to theatres implementing “dynamic pricing” - which alters prices according to demand for a particular performance. Prices stated here were compiled as booking originally opened, current prices are advised at time of enquiry.
When the theatre does not have the tickets you desire available, it is well worth trying the Theatremonkey Ticketshop agency, 020 7420 9778 (0044 207 420 9778 if calling from outside the United Kingdom), which has booking fees of £15 on £75 (£28.50 on £129.50, £20 on £99.50, £10 on £50, £7 on £35, £5.50 on £25, £3.50 on £15 seats) - moderate by agency standards, though higher than box office fees, worth trying as they often have an alternative choice of seats available. Booking fees may also vary by date - so extra bargains may be had! 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.
Another alternative is www.seetickets.com which offers £75 seats with a £9.38 fee per ticket (£16.19 on £129.50, £12.44 on £99.50, £6.25 on £50, £4.38 on £35, £3.13 on £25, £1.88 on £15 seats).
Ticketmaster.co.uk offer seats with booking fees of £11.25 on £75 (£19.50 on £129.50, £15 on £99.50, £7.50 on £50, £5.25 on £35, £3.75 on £25, £2.25 on £15 seats). A £1 per booking (not per ticket) handling charge is also added. This system allows you to choose your own seats from the selection the company has available.
Encore Tickets (telephone 0207 400 1253 / 0044 207 400 1253 if calling from outside the United Kingdom) offer seats with booking fees of £21 on £75 (£36.50 on £129.50, £28.50 on £99.50, £14 on £50, £10 on £35, £7 on £25, £5 on £15 seats), including restoration fee. 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 booking fees of £15 on £75 (£26 on £129.50, £20 on £99.50, £10 on £50, £7 on £35, £5 on £25, £3 on £15 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.
Telephone: 020 7087 7750
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Booking fees per ticket for telephone bookings:
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For personal callers or by post:
Drury Lane, London. WC2B 5PW
No booking fee for personal callers.
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 020 7087 7966.
www.lwtheatres.co.uk is the official venue website.
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.
A full view of the auditorium, giving a proper look at all seating and layout, is available here: schoolofrockthemusical.com/360-tour
The official website www.lwtheatres.co.uk allows you to check the view from any seat selected.
Note that all seats in the theatre were given new numbers in July 2017. Theatremonkey has adjusted all the details to account for this.
The stalls are often, but not always, divided into front and rear sections, separated by an aisle.
This is because the front section of the theatre is flexible and design depends on production. If the front section is used, seats can be on a flat floor or, more commonly, tiered on steps – six inches between each row.
The rear section of the stalls is also divided into a central and two side sections, and is almost unchanged since "Cats" closed and the theatre reverted back to a standard format.
The Dress Circle overhangs the stalls at row P, and does not affect the view of the stage from any seat.
Stairwells are let into the front of the central rear section, at the ends of rows I to M.
New seating has narrowed the aisles slightly, and some rows have been raised a little as well, improving sightlines further.
When in step layout, all seats offers a good rake (seats arranged on steps to help see over rows in front).
Good in almost all seats. Anyone under 5ft 10 will be comfortable almost anywhere in the stalls.
Row I has unlimited legroom, as do the famous row M 28, 29, 50, 51.
Row A also has almost unlimited legroom, with the exception of A 26 and 52 which are suitable for those up to around 5ft 10 or so.
Row G 30 and 49 are tight for those over 5ft 7 tall, though there is space to put feet under the seat in front.
Centre block rows D and E are prime, with a good view over those in front and central to the stage. Some readers appreciate being even further forward to become engrossed in the action.
The side blocks extend around the stage, with the outermost seats having a slightly lesser viewing angle, losing views of around an eighth of the nearside stage due to the angle of the set side wall.
Row I to L in the centre block have stairwells at either end of these rows but the view is fine. Actually, it's excellent!
Perhaps take the first and last few seats in N and M centre block second if you are shorter and are worried by a stairwell in front, but for everyone else these rows are a must, feels the monkey.
Rows from R back may feel a fair way from the stage due to the rake. The very ends of these two rows may be disturbed by folk clomping up the aisle, but no good reason to miss them. The central view has been noted as highly desirable by several readers who have commented.
The rear section side blocks of the stalls wrap around the sides of the theatre, curving inwards to give a good intimacy with the stage. The only problem is sometimes in the first and last few seats - the monkey estimates around four or so in each row can't see into the space behind the proscenium arch. Being further back is the way to go here and the seats nearest the centre aisle are the first to aim for the monkey feels. Be aware that most centre block seats are priced the same, though, and try for them first.
Wheelchair users have a choice. Either row S seats 17 and 18 can be removed, for a chair to be parked, or else a normal office style chair with arms can be placed there for wheelchair users to transfer into. This is a pretty good viewing position as wheelchair spaces go, though it is a bit of a shame that the old position has been removed - it was that bit closer to the front. See notes for further information.
O 60 to 67 may be in front of a sound desk, so not for purists.
Row N seats 25 to 29 and 55 to 59 are behind stairwell walls with a bar on the top. Thanks to generous legroom, the view is unaffected - the distance cancels out any issue - except for those under five foot tall, who will find the bar in front mildly annoying.
The "Official Hazard List" has Stalls A26 to 52 "Not Recommended for people under 5’4” (162cm)," with seats I 16 to 19, 60 to 63; J 14 to 17, 62 to 65; K 11 to 15, 63 to 67; L 8 to 13, 64 to 68; M 7 to 11, 68 to 73 noted as "Seat at the side, view may be restricted at times." The monkey agrees.
The theatre layout is very similar to "War Horse," with the stage curving slightly into the auditorium, three blocks of seats in front of it, and two blocks going out to the sides from the main central ones.
The orchestra is on a platform on the "low numbers" side of the theatre, just below dress circle height. Those on the "high numbers side" have the best view of it.
The stage is high, those of 5ft 7 will find it at around eye-level in row A, those shorter may have a problem. Still a good view, though, and the extra leg room in 2 to 30 is a huge bonus.
At most performances, A 26, 27, 28, 50, 51, 52 drop to third price. If willing to accept a view blocked by desks at times, 28 and 50 then 27 and 51 have to be a good budget choice if over 5ft 4. 26 and 52 are decent enough too, 26 better than 31 for leg space, but the others are less 'view blocked' at certain times in the show.
Off-peak seats A 28 to 30 and 48 to 50 are also good hunting at second price, the monkey feels, and same priced ones in rows B back are also a way to be close to the stage too - just don't take the outermost ones at the price.
Moving back, the central block rows C and D, plus the 2 seats over the aisle in the side blocks are prime stuff, feels the monkey - who would actually take the pairs off the aisle over some rows in the rear section, for being closer to the action.
Do note that there are staircases onto the stage from the centre aisles. This means there are two thin handrails either side of those steps - and those rails are in view throughout the show. Purists may want to sit one seat off the aisle and avoid the aisle seat on rows A to C, though most won't notice them once the lights go down.
Also worth noting is that an SPOILER an actor stands in the aisle for a few minutes during the show. SPOILER ENDS.
Still in the side blocks here, G 30 and 49 are single seats with far less legroom (5ft 7 maximum) but a decent view. The only real problems the monkey noted were the outermost two seats either end of rows A to E. At top price, the viewing angle isn't what it hoped for, and legroom in the outermost row A seat isn't quite there for those over 5ft 10 either. At second price, the pairs in rows B to D are about fair value, it feels. Take the inner seat of the two first, though.
Premium seats run centre block rows E to L (F to L "off peak" Monday to Friday), plus L to N and side block first four seats in rows I to L at times. Fair enough, feels the monkey, just skip row I 33 to 46, as the view can be of heads in front (the raise isn't brilliant to see over from I - you do get great legroom, though).
The rest of the centre block has a decent view, but the absolute bargains are in row U (plus T off-peak Monday to Friday). No action is lost due to the circle overhang, and they are cheaper than the row in front. T 20 to 61 (off-peak Monday to Friday) and U 21 to 59 are the bargain "family row" for sure, feels the monkey.
Out to the side blocks, a low rail in front of side block row I should disturb absolutely nobody. At worst, it cuts into the view about an inch off the stage floor. You won't miss feet, but may miss a lower calf, maybe... Still, take the seats furthest forward, for the most enjoyable angle on the action, and every seat at second price and below is a total steal - particularly the cheapest. The only restriction is losing the back fifth to eighth of the stage side nearest to you, partly because of a false wall at the sides of the stage. Best of all, the monkey is reliably informed that little action is lost, with most taking place forward of the wall anyway.
Early feedback indicates that from L 8 and 9, only actors writing on a chalk board is lost (so you miss a laugh, apparently), while another report from K12 is that actors get in the way on the right hand side, but that's all.
For those wanting just a pair of second price seats, it notes row N 15, 16, 68, 69 having a particularly good angle on the action, losing a minimum of back stage corner for the money. Off-peak Monday to Friday and normal Saturdays, side block row O back drops to second price. Take seats up to 4 off the centre aisle for sure, feels the monkey.
The only disappointing seats it noted were top non-premium price N 17, 18, 66 and 67, where the fake set walls cut into view more than the seat price suggests it should.
At "super peak" performances, much of the side stalls hit top non-premium price, with just a sliver at second and the ends at third. Third price stuff is OK, feels the monkey, but don't bother paying more anywhere beyond the non-premium four seats closest to the aisle from I to M.
Basically, "the stalls rock," feels the monkey.
"Row A: "School of Rock" (October 2016). Out day seats were located on the left hand side of the front row. Some restricted view moments with the school desks/chairs but otherwise it’s a great view. However the seats are unsuitable for anyone under 5ft 4inch (they checked we wouldn’t be bringing kids when purchasing and this is printed on the ticket)."
"A 31 and 32: "School of Rock" (October 2016), (Mark). Dynamic pricing clearly kicked in for these as we got them for £15! Bought online at around 11Am. At full price there's much better seats, there are a few moments of obstruction here due to the proximity and the school desks used. Great to be so up close and personal though."
"A 38 and 39: "School of Rock" (October 2016). Bang in the middle of the row! Paid £49.50 for the seat, an example of the theatre’s dynamic pricing! Legroom was excellent and both my partner and I could fully stretch our legs out with room to spare. We couldn’t quite see the floor of the stage from A15 and 16 but overall the view was excellent. Perhaps a couple of rows further back would be better to reduce the (slight) neck strain of looking up. A nice touch of being in the front row was that the actors sometimes made eye contact if they were right in front of you. The young guitarist did this to me and smiled at me a couple of times during the show!"
"A50: "School of Rock" (October 2016). Slight moments missed, due to desks amongst other things during the classroom scenes, but great to be so close. Bought this for £25 at TKTS."
"B 42 and 43: "School of Rock" (October 2016). The stage is set quite low for this show and you can easily see the floor of the stage from the front rows. My seat was quite comfortable with adequate legroom for someone of average height like me (5’8’’) and my view was not obstructed by those sitting in the row in front. However, for a perfect view without moving your head too much, I would have liked to have sat a few rows further back, but mid stalls rows E to L are higher priced premium seats!"
"B 46 and 47: "School of Rock" (October 2016). Bought through 'Get Into London Theatre.' Tickets were £40.00 each instead of the usual £69.50. Our seats were very good and we definitely preferred them to J 26 and 27 where we sat last time. As they were aisle seats, and due to the way they were angled, our view wasn’t obstructed by the folks in front of us. Being so close to the front you did have to turn your head slightly to view the whole stage and occasionally props such as desks obscured some of the action but this was pretty minimal. In your “seat opinions” you mentioned that there are staircases onto the stage from the centre aisles with two thin handrails either side of those steps and that the rails are in view throughout the show. We were certainly aware of the rails but they didn’t put us off – once the action started you tended to “look” through them."
"B 52 and 53: "School of Rock" (October 2016). Purchased at £25 day seat rate. At full price I'd of been frustrated because the desks do block the view at some key moments. I'd avoid this front side block on future visits. I actually think further back from row I would be better as you'd be able to see over the top of them."
"C36: "School of Rock" (October 2016). Fantastic, comfortable seat with plenty of legroom - latecomers didn’t even need me to get up for them. Perfect view without having to crane my neck – the stage is low enough for everything to be visible, even for the young children sitting next to me (probably aged about 10).
"C45: "School of Rock" (October 2016). Access rate of £32.50, this was a great seat, the stage isn't too high for this show and you can see everything clearly, including the band who came to look on in the final numbers (they are on the lower number side of the stage). Leg room was very good and the kids were incredible. The stage seems more front on and more of a traditional theatre than it was for 'War Horse' or 'Show Boat,' so front and centre is best for this show."
"D 33 to 35: "School of Rock" (October 2016). On the back of your seating plan chart I recently booked 3 tickets for a friend, and they thought the seats were great."
"D 45 and 46: "School of Rock" (October 2016). D46 was on the aisle but my partner didn't have any problem with the view. Is the reason you have not given the seat "green" on the seating plan due to the staircase handrail leading on to the stage possible obstructing the view? If so, it didn't bother her! The view from both seats was excellent giving clear views of the whole stage. If I was to be really pernickety, Dewey Fynn completely obstructed my view of the drummer during his solo in "You're in the Band", but hey, he's got to stand somewhere! I'm truly nitpicking here!
Our seats were very comfortable, much more so than in the other theatres I have visited this year. On the whole I like the idea of a "stepped" auditorium which means that unless you are sitting behind a particularly tall person, your view in front is unobstructed. The only thing I don't like is that you can't really tuck your feet under the seat in front - the step gets in the way - so I would only describe legroom as fair. But the view from these seats more than makes up for it, and sitting in row D you can clearly see the stage floor. I would say that stalls central section rows B to F (and row A if offered at a discount) offer the best seats in the house."
"I21: "School of Rock" (October 2016). Bought for £20 (via London Theatre January Sale). Large walking aisle in front so that you can fully stretch your legs out (I'm 6ft / 1.8m tall). There is a handrail in front but that did not obstruct my view at all and I had a very good view of the stage and didn't miss anything at the sides). Oddly, even though I was very close to the stage, I felt somewhat removed due to this being a side seat where the cast didn't look too often."
"I 28 to 32: "School of Rock" (October 2016). Bit pricey, but two of us had knees in braces so the unlimited legroom was worth every penny."
"J 26 and 27: "School of Rock" (October 2016). The first thing I will say is that both my partner and I thought we would have liked to have been sitting in a more central position. Our view from J 26 and 27 was good, with the people in front of us not obstructing our vision (the seats are aligned so that no seat is directly behind the one in front), but the show seemed to be playing to those sitting more or less to the central portion of the auditorium rather than the extreme sides. I would also not have liked to have been sitting much further back. Leg room in our seats was very good. The other thing I will say is that despite the show featuring rock music, it was not too loud, unlike Sunny Afternoon! We definitely plan to see 'School of Rock' again and will try for perhaps stalls mid row D or perhaps the aisle seats in row I (not the premiums, though!)."
"K14: "School of Rock" (October 2016), (Taljaard). Bit of a side view but nothing missed and good a the price."
"K47: "School of Rock" (October 2016). For me this was a perfect view. You are slightly higher than the stage which means no looking up to see the action. And the people in the two rows in front didn't affect my view at all. Those who want to feel more involved in the action may prefer being further forward in the section at the front but this seat was also good for a full view of the stage, no head turning needed. The seats are in an arc, so you wouldn't want to be too much further to the side if you want a decent front on view. Loads of leg room here and this was an aisle seat for those who want to dash for an ice-cream at the interval."
"L 14,15 and 16: "School of Rock" (October 2016). Saw these seats for £25 each on the School of Rock website (regular price - not on offer) and thought that as they were so cheap there must be something very wrong with them! I checked Theatremonkey just in case and saw they were highlighted green and listed as having a clear view. Having utmost faith in The Monkey I booked and was delighted with them. The stage doesn’t go back very far, is semi circular and most of the action is towards the front. Legroom was ample and good raking meant that views were clear. I truly don’t think we missed anything by being at the side."
"L 14 to 17: "School of Rock" (October 2016), (Taljaard). Very comfortable seats with bags of legroom. Slightly to the side but you miss nothing and much closer to the stage than I thought we would be!"
"L56: "School of Rock" (October 2016). Got for £20 "day seat." Slightly more to the side than I’d prefer, but not a bad seat at all. Very decent view of the stage, good legroom.
"L68: "School of Rock" (October 2016), (Sheffield Paul). At just £15, this seat was an absolute bargain. The legroom was generous, and sitting perhaps just 20 feet from the stage, I felt fully involved with the performance. Although sold as 'restricted view', as this was my second visit, I felt I missed very little. I have paid more for a seat in a traditional theatre only to see far less."
"M72 and 73: "School of Rock" (October 2016). Sideways onto the stage but actually we had a really good view and didn't miss any of the action. Rake is good so we both enjoyed uninterrupted viewing."
"N69: "School of Rock" (October 2016). An absolute steal for preview price, but given 2 seats further along is a higher price bracket I would highly recommend this at normal price. The seat is much closer to the stage than row N would suggest - it is a bit of a side view but what you miss is minimal and non-essential, and only then if certain pieces of set are in place. Legroom excellent, and with a wall behind if felt more private than other seats around. Would definitely sit here again if the pricing structure stays as it is."
"P29 to 32: "School of Rock" (October 2016). Perfect view, a great rake and decent legroom. A big thumbs up from us, and an absolute steal for £20. Well worth queuing up for."
"R24: "School of Rock" (October 2016). Paid £55 from the TKTS booth and thought it was great value for money - possibly one of the most comfortable seats I have ever sat in - the seatback padding was great and you could feel it was supporting your back – didn’t fidget once - rake was great and no problem seeing over the people in front - must have had 3 or 4 inches of room between my knees and seat in front and had no problem moving feet around - although it seemed quite distant you could still make out the faces of the actors and sound was perfect - didn't miss anything on stage.
"S29: "School of Rock" (October 2016). £55 fromT KTS on the day of the performance - wife sat in this seat - more central than R9 which I was sitting in - perfect view - really comfortable - plenty of legroom - a bargain :-)"
"U21: "School of Rock" (October 2016). Taking Theatre Monkey’s advice I went for the last row in the rear stalls U21 paying £20 in the January Sale offer. An excellent seat, could see everything and not as far away as you might imagine, rows well raked too, but it was cold, I ended up wearing my coat and scarf, a forceful draught down the back of my neck and shoulders. For that money it was well worth a night out and I loved watching the children but I wasn’t mad about any of the songs and sitting where I was I found at times that the children were a bit hard to hear especially when they sang as the music tended to drown them but that may have been due to my seat position."
U46: "School of Rock" (October 2016). A great seat! Good value for money at £39, not worth it to pay £10 more just to sit 2 rows in front."
Nothing overhangs this circle. It is still a narrow shelf, unchanged since "Cats" left, except that the side additions, which extend down the sides of the auditorium towards the stage, have been modified.
The circle is split into a large central, and two side blocks, by aisles.
A thick metal rail and mesh runs across the front of the circle, and beyond it is a short lip of concrete with lighting attached to it, before the plunge to the stalls.
Bars and mesh are in front of side block seats too, but fewer lights.
The central block is a narrow ledge of five well-raked rows.
Side blocks are also well raked, with between 2 and 3 rows.
Just adequate legroom in all seats.
Row A 21 to 60 have most, fine to around 6ft. Rows B and E are also good to around 5ft 8 and 5ft 10 respectively.
Rows C 18 to 62 and D 19 to 62 have less, just acceptable to those up to 5ft 7 except C 20, 21, 61, 62 which 5ft 5 will just be happy with.
Side block B 19 and 62 have a rail forcing slim legs to one side and cramping larger ones uncomfortably.
C 14, 15, 63, 64 have a lot less space too, though oddly the pairs beside them are acceptable to 5ft 8ish, feels the monkey.
At the far ends, A 4 to 7 and 74 to 77 have enough space for a 5ft 7 person, B 1 to 4, 77 to 80 maybe to 5ft 8 or 9 to be fairly comfortable.
The monkey compared the feel of this circle with that of the Olivier auditorium at the National Theatre. If you are happy seated in rows D or E of that theatre, then D and E here are comparable, it feels.
Choose row A 23 to 58 if over 5ft 6, so that the bars are not a problem for you, B 21 to 60, E 23 to 59 then D 21 to 60, though also consider central block rear stalls at the same price too.
Extra premium seats may also be present during "peak periods" and Saturdays in row B 28 to 53. Average, feels the monkey.
Row E does not feel too remote from the action if the bars are a problem.
Watch again for rails blocking views - and consider central block seats for the same top price where possible. You may as well put up with the bars / other restrictions on view and pay quite a lot less to sit further along the row.
Even further to the extreme sides of the theatre, not quite peering through lighting as they were for a previous production, row A 4 to 7 / 74 to 77 and row B 1 to 4 and 77 to 80 are separate small blocks with an adequate view for the price. Again, well discounted, they would be fair value.
The view in row A is affected by safety bars and wire mesh, but the extra concrete ahead may re-assure the vertigo sufferer seated here a little.
Those in row B may not be too keen on the bars in view either, but it is far less and the stage is clear beyond them.
Bars at the front of the circle increases to double height at the ends of the circle aisles, with dire problems for those seated closest to them.
Metal posts at the ends of rows B to D also cut into the view significantly.
The monkey rates D 19 and 62 as the two worst seats in the place - enough metal in view to keep an orthodontist happy for years... and cramped too.
Officially, the "hazard list" puts "Safety Rails in sightline" for A 4 to 7, 10 to 21, 60 to 71, 74 to 77; B 1 to 4, 9 to 18, 20, 21, 60, 61, 68 to 72, 77 to 80; C 16, 17, 63 and 64. It puts "Double Safety Rails in sightline" for A 7, 8, 73 and 74; B 5 to 8 and 73 to 76. Seats A21 to 60 are "Not Recommended for people under 5’4” (162cm)", while seats B 19 and 62, C 14, 15, 18, 19, 61, 62, 65 and 66 have " Limited Legroom. Safety Rail in View." The monkey agrees with it all!
The layout has changed little from "War Horse," with a few nice modifications. The orchestra is on a platform on the "low numbers" side of the theatre, just below dress circle height. Those on the "high numbers side" have the best view of it.
Centre block row A has been moved forward a little, giving a far better view over the rails in front. Combined with a stage set further back, the view is excellent. Behind it, row B has more legroom as a result too, and another fine view. Sure, there are lights attached to the rim of the circle, but they stop way before the stage begins.
Row E is also decently close to the stage - well worth taking for view, as it feels even closer than rear stalls at the same money.
End pairs of seats in the centre block are second price - (third or fourth Monday to Friday). The outermost seats do have rails in view, but the seat next to them is a real bargain, particularly on rows A and B, feels the monkey. Off-peak Monday to Friday, row A drops to third price in the middle too - so take it, particularly over same price row E.
In the side blocks, pricing throws up some further bargains. The first 5 (6 in B) seats closest to the centre in rows A and B are fair value. The mesh in front takes up half the stage, but the row B seats have nice high backs.
Seats C 14 to 17 and 63 to 66 are on sale at third price (fourth, off-peak Monday to Friday). Skip them. Aside from 16, 17, 63 and 64, they are cramped, really not worth it for the view when stacked up against the rest, feels the monkey. C 16 and 64 are the singles to go for here, if you must, with the best combination of space and view.
Seat heights return to normal, and prices drop from 6 / 7 seats in. The view, oddly, improves a bit, the monkey feels. Yes, it is side on and you will lose action to the mesh and viewing angle at the edges of the stage, but for the cash, it's a better than average deal to see a big West End show, and you are very nicely intimate to the stage. Practically sitting in the expensive seats but saving a lot by taking the high angle and safety stuff in your view.
The monkey was particularly keen on the very cheapest row A 4 to 6 and 75 to 77 and B 1 and 80. In row A, you are close to the stage, without the "double height rail" issue of 7 and 8 / 73 and 74 and the row B equivalents behind. Row B 1 and 80 it may take before even row A, as you can see down beside the seat in front directly to the stage. Anyone leaning in front of you won't affect sightlines. It doesn't work for the other seats on row B, but for the end two, it really does. Interesting at such a low price, feels the monkey.
Note that while the seats that used to comprise row C may be present at the edges of the circle, they are not normally sold and may be removed as the run continues.
"A 4 to 7: "School of Rock" (November 2016). At £15 must be best value seats for adults in the West End, (or children over about 5ft 6ins in height). Right next to the action, you miss nothing, even though it's a side view, and plenty of space. £60 for a family of four, job done!."
A23 and 24 "School of Rock" (November 2016): The seats were pretty comfortable to sit on, but the best aspect was the amount of legroom we had - being rather more than is usual for the front row of a typical 'Circle' seat. The view of the stage was very good with the mesh bar and lights only cutting off a tiny amount of the front of the stage. I wouldn't really recommend this row for children or shorter adults, though, as their view would be compromised by the bar. The view of the stage was quite distant and personally, I would in future choose to sit in the front rows of the stalls where we have sat before, but that's just personal preference - we like to be close to the action! But, hey, who's complaining - we got the seats for just £25.00 each during "Kidsweek"!
A couple more points about the Circle at the Gillian Lynne (New London) Theatre. There are many steps to climb to get there, equivalent to the upper circles of some theatres I think! One good aspect we noted was that the rake looked to be excellent with nobody behind us seeming to have any difficulty seeing over our heads."
"B1: "School of Rock" (November 2016). There is mesh in the way, but you missed nothing at all, not even the blackboard - and the space around it was brilliant; I would have paid up to £25 for that seat."
Formerly New London Theatre.
1099 seats, plus wheelchair places.
Sennheiser Infrared. Occasional signed performances. Guide dog sitter available. Adapted unisex toilet - sadly they could not find space to fit two, gender segregated ones. The existing one is well equipped, though.
Access to auditorium for chair users is difficult. Users enter via the stage door, where a portable ramp is placed over two large shallow stairs to bring your chair down to floor level.
At this point, any chair wider than around 50cm must be surrendered; and the occupant transferred into a small chair provided by the theatre. This is to allow users to get into the tiny elevator up to the fourth floor. A 90 degree turn must also be negotiated in the one - metre square elevator in order to exit at the correct level.
On arrival at the fourth floor, access to the theatre is gained by a 50 metre walk / push along a narrow corridor (superb view from the windows!). This corridor also houses the adapted toilet. Entering via door 4 into the theatre is flat and wheelchair users have a choice. Either row S seats 17 and 18 can be removed, for a chair to be parked, or else a normal office style chair with arms can be placed there for wheelchair users to transfer into. Wheelchair users who can make the move are also welcome to transfer into normal theatre seats in that area of the stalls too. The view from all available seats in that area is pretty good, making the choice a broad one.
Specific information from www.lwtheatres.co.uk or 020 7087 7966.
In 2015, a reader sent the following experience,
"We rang the ticket office as my dad has limited mobility. We were given seats I 31 and 32, on the aisle in the stalls. For my parents, at £25 each for a disabled person and a carer, then full price for me at £50.
Once we had picked up our tickets, a member of staff led us out of the building so we could get into the theatre without the escalators. Led through the Stage Door to a goods lift, we arrived into the foyer through an emergency exit door. To get to our seats, we had a further 9 steps into the auditorium with a further 5 or 6 to our seats. All but the auditorium had hand rails and the staff stowed my dad’s rollator under the stairs in the foyer. There is a separate accessible unisex toilet on the foyer level.
These seats have a very good view; off centre but with a full view of everything well. We had loads of legroom and it was well raked, giving a clear view of the stage without peering through heads but not too steep to feel like you’re teetering on edge!"
No food except confectionery and Ice cream.
Two bars at stalls level.
8 toilets in all; Stalls level foyer 1 gents 2 cubicles, 1 ladies 6 cubicles; Stalls 1 gents 1 cubicle, 1 ladies 4 cubicles, 1 unisex disabled. Dress Circle 2 gents 1 cubicle each, 2 ladies 3 cubicles each.
One reader comments of the 'Ladies' facilities in December 2007,
"The facilities on our level were along a narrow corridor with the Gents at the far end; this meant that all the men had to push past and through the queuing ladies - and Boy! was there a queue. Packed theatre, only 3 cubicles, one of which was out of order. By the time we emerged the queue stretched down the stairs and they had to extend the interval to accommodate everyone.
At another performance things were a little better, mainly because the theatre wasn't full but this time we were on the opposite side and one of the cubicles had a broken lock so a lot of whistling and shouting was going on in there. Lavatories none too clean, either, the ones on Kings Cross station on our way home were much better."
In March 2009, a reader adds,
"We agree with the comment on this site about the toilets. Completely inadequate (ladies) and hard to get at (gents squeezing past queuing ladies) in a new build theatre. And it made for a long interval whilst the front of house manager ensured that everyone had got back to their seats, although ladies in our party report 'panic' amongst other queuing ladies that they'd miss the start. So might be an idea if management informed the queue that they wouldn't start without them!"
The monkey thanks all at LW Theatres for their help in providing this information. Much appreciated.
Theatres use "dynamic pricing." Seat prices change according to demand for a particular performance. Prices below were compiled as booking originally opened. Current prices are advised at time of enquiry.
Based on paying FULL PRICE (no discount!) for tickets, site writers and contributing guests have ALSO created the colour-coded plans for "value for money," considering factors like views, comfort and value-for-money compared with other same-priced seats available.
For a full discussion, opinions, reviews, notes, tips, hints and advice on all the seats in this theatre, click on "BEST SEAT ADVICE" (on the left of your screen).
On the plans below:
Seats in GREEN many feel may offer either noticeable value, or something to compensate for a problem; for example, being a well-priced restricted view ticket. Any seats coloured LIGHT GREEN are sold at "premium" prices because the show producer thinks they are the best. The monkey says "you are only getting what you pay for" but uses this colour to highlight the ones it feels best at the price, and help everybody else find equally good seats nearby at lower prices.
Seats in WHITE, many feel, provided about what they pay for. Generally unremarkable.
Seats in RED are coloured to draw attention. Not necessarily to be avoided - maybe nothing specific is wrong with them, other than opinions that there are better seats at the same price. Other times there may be something to consider before buying – perhaps overpricing, obstructed views, less comfort etc.
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.
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Stalls seats in row A are NOT suitable for those under 5ft 4, and seats 26 to 28 / 50 to 52 may have views blocked at times. Side row I and Dress Circle row A have bars that may intrude into the view of smaller customers. Side Dress Circle seats also have bars in view from all seats. Click the "BEST SEAT ADVICE" link, on the left, for more discussion about the auditorium.
Please note: The seating plans are not accurate representations of the auditorium. While we try to ensure they are as close to the actual theatre plan as possible we cannot guarantee they are a true representation. Customers with specific requirements are advised to discuss these with the theatre prior to booking to avoid any confusion.
Holborn - Piccadilly Line (dark blue) and Central Line (red).
For mobility impaired audience members, the Society of London Theatre provide a "photo map" - illustrated walking route to this venue from a near landmark and also Waterloo Station (the nearest fully accessible station) on their website www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk, via the theatre's listing page on that site.
There are two exits from this station.
If you see, on leaving the station, a branch of McDonalds ahead of you on the opposite side of the road then do not cross this road, just turn left and walk to the four way crossroads. If you come to a three way cross roads, wrong way.
If you leave the station and see ahead of you on the other side of the road a glass building with a "Sainsbury" sign ahead of you.... turn right and walk to the four way crossroads a few paces away. Then...
At the crossroads, Cross straight over the road and walk straight on passing the glass "Sainsbury" building. You are now on a street called "High Holborn". If you pass a church or the Shaw Theatre, wrong way.
The next street you come to is Newton Street. Turn left into it and walk along it, changing to the other side of the road when possible. Cross Macklin Street when you come to it and continue to the next corner with Parker Street. Turn right at this corner into Parker Street and walk straight on to the Gillian Lynne Theatre, which is on the right hand side of the road.
1, 68, 91, 168, 171, 188, 501, 505, 521, X68 all stop on Kingsway. Walk up Parker Street to the theatre.
A rank for Black taxis is on Drury Lane, 20 yards from the theatre, if you cannot hail one in the street.
In Parker Street, under the theatre.