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The Dress Circle overhangs the stalls at row L. The top of the stage is not visible from row P back.
The front section A to F is a single block. The rear section G to U is divided into two blocks by a central aisle.
The rake (sloped floor to help see over rows in front) is noticeable from around row E back, more pronounced from row G and at its best around row Q back.
Acceptable in all seats, for all but the tallest, to around 5ft 10.
Seats B12 and 39 have nothing in front, seat C40 has space for one leg.
Central row B 20 to 31 approximately, has more room as the row curves back slightly more.
Centre aisle seats combine good views with leg stretching space for 1 leg at least.
A high stage makes seeing the back of the stage, any floor level dance action and lighting effects very difficult in rows from A to E. You will just about see them, but it's a struggle.
The high stage can induce neck ache particularly for those in rows A, B and C. Audiences look straight forward and up, and have to tilt heads back to see the stage properly.
Sold cheap they do make fine value for those happy to accept any shortcomings.
Best seats in the front stalls are rows D to P from around 11 to 38. Then choose rows C or R (depending on preference for proximity to the stage versus missing dancing feet). Be aware that rows are not off-set brilliantly to see between those in front.
The outermost four seats in rows B to S seem further to the sides than stalls in other venues. They have been adjusted to improve viewing angles, but do need to be discounted to be worth taking before other seats, feels the monkey.
Wheelchair spaces are available at U 7 and 42, and have a decent enough view. If able to transfer to an aisle seat, that’s even better, feels the monkey. Wheelchair users can also use one of the rear stalls boxes - a far superior view if unable to transfer, notes the monkey.
Rows S back at top price are hovering at about average - given the high stage, being further back can make them still reasonably attractive.
The high stage cuts views and causes neck ache for rows A to E, and A to C in particular.
Extreme ends of rows A to M miss a little side stage action and have boxes overhanging.
The stalls floor vibrates as underground trains pass by underneath it. Well, the monkey assumes it was the tubes, on the grounds that there are never any reported earthquakes there.
Row A is sold at second price or as bargain "day seats." Simply for being close and compared to anything else at the price for comfort and the fact you can see the whole stage, they are still worth a look.
The conductor stands in front of A 25 to 28, approximately, but is boxed in and won't disturb anyone.
Rows B 11, 12, 38, 39; C 9, 10, 39, 40; D 9, 10, 40, 41; E 8, 9, 40, 41; F 8, 9, 41, 42; G 8, 9, 40, 41; H and J 7, 8, 41, 42; K and L 6, 7, 41, 42; M 5, 6, 43, 44 are designated "restricted view" for "Hamilton" - the set cuts off some of the stage. Those on the "low numbers" side see more of a staircase, on the "high numbers" a better view of choreography at times, and the monkey would take J to F first. It notes that A to C in particular see a little wall, but improvements to seating since the show opened have improved this immeasurably.
Monday to Thursday, premium seats run only central rows F to M. There are four adjacent seats to them in G to K that are particularly well priced. Friday and Saturday, almost all central seats in E to P are "premium" priced. Your call, feels the monkey, who would go for D or Q (depending how close you want to be) or seats right beside the "premium" ones. Some seats within the "premium" section are below "premium" price. Bargains if you spot them - nothing wrong with them, just the theatre "mixing it up" a little and treating the lucky!
Also note that in rows B to K in particular, if paying "top non-premium" price, try to go at least 4 seats off the side aisles. Those in the two seats next to the "restricted view" ones will pay more but maybe not get quite a great view of the sides of the stage, the monkey feels. Not awful now changes have been made, but central works a little better.
Rows from R back lose the top of the stage, but will see everything that happens on the rear walkway, feels the monkey - even if a little ducking of the head is involved by audiences to see actors.
Monday to Thursday, prices drop at row T, with some outermost seats in rows P to S also dropping to second price. The monkey would take the innermost seats you can get for the bananas in P to S, and wouldn't object to the central tickets 11 to 29 in T and U either.
The sound desk extends into the stalls between U 30 and 38, but won't worry anyone at all, the monkey feels.
Note that seat layouts have changed, the monkey has updated where applicable.
"A37: I participated in the ticket lottery via the official Hamilton app. I got lucky on my 2nd attempt. Called box office with the verification code I received, paid £10 with credit card, then asked, rather timidly, where my seat might be, only to learn it would be Stalls A37, that‘s front row, almost in the middle. Whoa! The seat was great, legroom excellent. The stage was only very slightly above my eye level, so I had a great view of just about anything. And let‘s not forget, it cost only 10 quid. That‘s one one and one zero. No further zeros. Amazing!"
"B15: Without a doubt the worst seat I've ever paid £89.50 for in any theatre. It's shocking that it was sold at top non-premium price. Side seats further back in the stalls would be much better. Pro - huge comfortable seats with amazing legroom, brilliant view of principals when they're near you, no disturbance from heads in front because they're all still much lower than the stage. Con - you lose - all the lighting, all the choreography and staging, any sense of what principals at the back of the stage might be up to."
"B 20 and 21: Almost central. The good news is that pretty much everything that happens occurs near the front of the very high stage. And thankfully anything that happens near the back of the stage happens from the waist up. From these seats you get the close up, see the nuances of every performance and often eye contact with the performers. You lose the sense of the "whole" as well as the stage floor and part of the back wall. So although the view was overall great and I stopped noticing the restriction after a while, it still is a restriction of sorts. Now obviously being extremely tall I could probably see more than most but I still object to paying £90 for a less than perfect view. It doesn't matter to me that other seats are stupidly expensive, £90 is still a lot of money. Even knocking £20 off until the restriction stops would help, but they are not going to do that while the tickets will sell. Legroom was just about OK and I felt very close to the people around me on all sides. We were the last into our row and taking my coat off without hitting anyone around me took quite some doing. I had to sit bolt upright but because we were all looking up at the stage , hopefully this didn't affect the people behind me too much. 10/10 for how the theatre looks, it really is absolutely stunning - the team have done a wonderful job. What bugs me is that this could have been the Rolls Royce of Theatreland in terms of comfort, sightlines etc. What it is in my opinion is a monument to the "pack them in, price them high" method of business. Legroom in the stalls was tight and a it has a very shallow rake. I couldn't help but think that you could have paid £200 for your seat and then have someone like me sit in front of you. It seems like a missed opportunity. Obviously the show is popular and the renovation expensive so you can see where the policy comes from but it could have been better in my opinion."
"C21: Sat in D before C by mistake, and it was noticeably more room. A good few inches. It was D21 opposed to C21."
"C26 and 27: Very happy with these seats for £90. You're looking up to the stage yes, but we didn't find it too painful (A and B would be worse). We would like to go back and see the show again from a higher vantage point to get the full impact of the choreography. But on the plus side we loved being really close to the action and seeing the emotion on the performers' faces. Legroom was fine for my 5'10" partner."
"D 10, 11 and 12: Overall the seats are good - D12 being sold as non-restricted view is a little cheeky, but you can (just about) see the performers at every important point. D10 and D11 have key performers totally obscured at least three times (i.e. cannot see who is speaking / singing), but for £75 instead of £89.50 this was probably worth it as none of these mattered greatly and the seats offered all the benefits of being close at only £17.50 more than the Royal Circle (where reviews seem less than enthusiastic).
You can just about see the performers' feet in Row D, and so central seats would be excellent, I think. I also think the other end of the row would be very good as nothing significant would be obscured.
Personally, I'm not prepared to meet the cost of the premium tickets and feared I'd made a mistake not opting for the cheaper Royal Circle view, yet being close to the action was a real plus. Overall I'd definitely recommend Row D, not so sure about C or closer."
"D 20 and 21: Some slight spoilers in this seat review. These seats were one row in front of the very expensive premium priced seats. I would say they represent reasonable value compared to the rows behind and probably the cheaper ones at the back or in the front row.
The view was excellent, really close to feel part of the action but enough back not to feel the pain experience from looking up at a very high stage (I’d definitely avoid the front row unless on a tight budget). We could just about see the feet of the performers (although not the revolving part of the stage) and definitely right to the back."
"H40 to 44: I bought my tickets the day they initially went on sale, and we were in Stalls H40-44, or whatever the end 4-6 seats are. In the end seats, the left hand side of the stage (can only speak about the left, as I was sat there) is cut off... you can't even see the staircase, let alone the balcony. The seats were sold before the theatre seating arrangements were finished. I complained, and they made 2 of the 4 seats into restricted view seats (even though all 4 were restricted view), which lowered the price by about £10-15 per ticket...they refunded us the £10-15 for the 2 tickets which they changed to restricted view. I would advise anyone for Hamilton to pay a little bit more for more central seats, and to not get seats on either end (the first 6-8 seats on each end I would advise, are not a great view) - especially when seeing such a genius show!"
"J 11 and 12: These are a nice distance back as you are just about over stage height so can see feet on stage - assuming there isn't someone's head in front of you, as the rake isn't brilliant here. I had a tall persons' head in front of me first act, but they swapped seats second act, so had a smaller person in front of me second half so made seeing things a bit easier - Seat J12 looked a bit more offset than mine was.
Seat J11 is very slightly outside the proscenium arch - this means when someone is speaking on the balcony on the right hand side as you are looking at the stage it can be difficult to see who is talking, but thankfully for the most part there isn't much going on up there.
We found the seats a bit uncomfortable - both wife and I were having to move around a bit every so often to get comfortable. Sound was for the most part perfect - there were a few occasions when the band drowned out the singing, but this didn't happen very often. The couple beside us had paid £200 each for their seats where we had paid £89.50 - I don't think they got a particularly better view for the extra £110."
"K19 and 20: These seats are fantastic. Perfect location and very comfortable new seating too."
"K39 to 42: I was surprised by the almost total lack of rake. I noticed several people folding up their coats and sitting on them as they had tall people in front of them. Also, considering these were top price tickets (apart from premium) I was surprised that the left-hand side of the stage was out of sight. Don’t know if I missed much (I know some individuals were singing and King George was sitting there for a while) but, frankly, I expect to see everything when I’ve paid £89.50 for each ticket."
"Row L: The ends of the rows in the stalls all the way back miss part of the higher level of the stage - I was on the side aisle in row L and couldn't see anyone standing on the nearest side of the upper level (including when people were singing up there), and almost missed a small plot point which I doubt was visible at the end of the rows stage left from any further forward than row K. I don't think it's bad enough to mean they should be discounted seats, but just a word of warning. All the side boxes will have a similar issue. I think you'd have to go a good 10-12 seats in before you could see the whole stage."
"L20 to 22: (IanB). Newly refurbished theatre with brand new seats. The seats themselves were comfortable, with the armrests protrude by about 6-7 inches from the seat back (so more like elbow rests than arm rests). This meant these were not in the way at all, but well positioned for elbows. Legroom was fine for me (height 5’10") and I’m sure taller people would also find it adequate.
Row L is the second row back in the rear stalls and seats 20-22 are pretty central (the centre being at seat 24). Our view of the stage was excellent - just one row of seats in front then a gap. The stalls floor rakes upwards away from the stage. I was fortunate enough not to have anyone tall (or wearing a hat!) in front so saw everything clearly."
"L21: Walk up ticket on the day at Victoria. First in queue and wanted stalls. Nice seat but small. A little far back from the stage but decent view. Would prefer closer."
"N 5 and 6: Just OK, due to very poor rake."
"O 18: The rake is quite shallow and the seats aren't "offset" very much. I had a hard time seeing at times, and the people in front of me weren't even tall. In contrast, I sat in the Royal Circle, row E, seat 8. This seat was much better than the stalls, not to mention 50 pounds cheaper! The rows are tiered, and the view of the entire stage was fantastic. I was very happy with the view. I very much preferred my Royal Circle seat, even putting aside the large price difference. Like others, I found leg room in both locations very limited, and I am short (5 foot 3 inches). The seats are comfortable in the seat itself, but the back is very upright."
"O 24: This seat is in the centre of the theatre towards the back of the stalls. In theory a great seat, however there isn't much rake in the stalls at this point, in fact none, nor are the seats offset. The head of the person in front is directly in your eyeline to the stage. My view was very significantly obstructed by the person in front of me and I spent the first half of the show leaning to the aisle to see around his head. I would not recommend anyone sits in rows N, O or P.
Management moved us for the second half, but to a seat on the far left with significantly obstructed view of the left side of the stage. I later discovered that these seats were sold for less than half the price of our original seat however management forgot to mention the fact that they were moving us to a far cheaper seat. We had no choice but to sit it out but this very significantly coloured our experience."
"P 27: This seat is in the centre of the theatre towards the back of the stalls but there is no obstruction from the overhang. Unfortunately there isn't much rake in the stalls nor are the seats offset and my view was obstructed by a tall gentleman in front of me. I spent the show leaning to see around his head, so I wouldn't recommend these seats if you are short! But I don't think there is any noticeable difference between these seats and row O which cost £47 more each so they do represent good value (or row O represents bad value)."
"S9: The rake in the Stalls is slight but sufficient, in this particular corner seats are staggered enough that you can easily see the full stage between the heads of the people in the row in front. It is a bit of a "widescreen" view, being framed horizontally by the Dress Circle above; but it doesn't appear to matter for Hamilton, with almost everything happening on the centre and front of the stage, in a "semi staged" fashion, with no significant scenery changes other than what's on the stage when you walk in. It might be a poor seat for future shows (if Hamilton ever leaves!) that make use of scenery in the upper half of the stage. This seat is high enough to clearly see the large stage revolve that is key to a lot of the choreography, I suspect that won't be visible further forward.
I chose this seat because it is £22 cheaper than the seat right next door, and is a saving well worth making for no appreciable difference in view (seats in this rear corner also benefit from very rapid access to the exit, toilets, and bar!). The only criticism of this seat is that there are a few (short) sections where somebody sings from a balcony on the right hand side of the stage; you can tell who it is but can't see their face. For this reason, the equivalent seats on the other side (R40 and upwards, S40 and upwards) will be a better bet for the same money. But they are not near the toilets/bars!
I did take a short wander to the other levels (they're all easily accessible in this theatre) and, legroom issues in places aside, it looked to me like you would struggle to find a bad seat anywhere, certainly for this show. Even the back of the Upper Circle looked like it had a great and unobscured view."
"T11: I was very pleased with the view here and thought it was very good value. I could see everything clearly still felt close enough to see all facial expressions. You miss a couple of small moments on the stage left “balcony” but nothing that would stop me booking here again if they were available. I see they've put the price up for the next period though so I'd probably try go further forward."
"T 23 and 24: They had an almost perfect view (tops of heads of cast were hard to see when they were high up.) I wanted to make people aware that they don’t have to feel pressured to pay the extortionate £200 ticket prices to get a good view or experience and that those seats are just as fantastic."
"T27: Restricted view seat (£47.50) released back online the night before the opening weekend of Hamilton - lucky to get it! The top of the stage is cut off, making your view a bit like a cinema screen rather than a stage, but nothing was blocked and the musical was still immensely entertaining."
Six boxes at the back of the stalls, each seating 4 people, behind row T.
Unlimited, as movable chairs. Also great for wheelchair users, whose own chairs can replace those in use here.
Go for the most central boxes C or D first, as the overhang is least in those two. Wheelchair users should take these over stalls seats, unless able to transfer.
The boxes even have their own speakers, so the sound is excellent.
Box E is used as a sound desk, but won't affect anyone.
Circle overhang restricts the view of the top of the set from all boxes.
Sold at "package" prices - waiter service is available if you wish to buy drinks and have them brought to your box. Compared to other stalls seats, pretty good for the money (seats, not drinks) feels the monkey.
Those seated in A and F may miss the heads of the actors when on the raised gantries. Nothing vital to the story, though.
"B 1 and 2: At £100 these seats are the second most expensive in the stalls and right at the back but don't let that put you off. This was a totally different theatre experience for us and a great one at that. I wouldn't normally choose seats so far back and so expensive but with it being this production and seats being harder to get, we treated ourselves and were really pleased we did.
Firstly, you entrance to the box is through its own private doorway. The boxes themselves seat 4 people and you don't have to buy the whole box (at least not at the moment).
There are 4 movable and very comfortable chairs lined up in front of the waist height (when seated) cushioned on top wall. The space between each chair isn't huge but you have more space than in the bolted chairs of the auditorium. There are multiple advantages to this chair, especially if you are tall - you could push the chair far back and be able to stretch you legs fully out.
We had space to put our coats, bags and merchandise behind us in a corner so didn't have it all under our chairs.
The box also had a narrow table at the back, perfect for the drinks - which did I mention you can order from the butler service which is part of the box.
The lady serving the box was super friendly and was there when we first arrived. She was serving the other boxes as well but was super efficient. We order drinks before the show and also at the same time ordered some for the interval. She took cash and card. The drinks came promptly both times.
The view itself is much better than your normal boxes as your sat at the back of the auditorium (right behind row T, their seats rest against the wall). Another rare thing is that despite being in the stalls with a small rake, you get a view that is clear of anyone else's heads (and I'm 5'3) This is due to the box being a good bit higher than the row in front. Unless you have a giant in row T, you get an amazing view over everyone's heads. This is a first for me in the stalls as I usually end up peering between people.
Yes, it's a but further away from the stage, but at £10 more than row T, I would pick this box any day for that view. I'd actually say I'd pick this seat over being in the last 6-7 rows of the stalls, due to the fact your sat higher.
The only bit that gets cut off was the second level corners that are towards the front of the stage. As a focus point, they are used very rarely and I don't think it distracts from the experience. I'd take missing a few lines for having a clear view of the stage for the rest of the show. You can see most of the second level of the stage, especially the central bit but the second level isn't overly used for the principles.
Due to having our own private door, it was super easy to make a dash out to the toilets during the interval before the queues formed.
I'm usually not one to pay over the odds for tickets and will religiously seek out the best value seats for for any production. It's rare for me to buy tickets of £45 so this was very unusual. But I have to say I felt it was totally worth it and I really liked feeling of having more space. A great view and the obstruction was very minimal. Even though your at the back, I could see the actors faces really well and the sound was fantastic. I'd say don't discount these just because their boxes (which I often gloss over) and expensive (because they're not a lot more than most of the seats in the stalls - including the row in front of you with a poorer view).
Called the Royal Circle in this venue.
The Upper Circle overhangs the Dress Circle at row C. Rows K and L generally suffer a restricted view of the top of the stage due to this.
The main Dress Circle area is a single block from rows A to E, then is split into two blocks by a centre aisle from F to L.
Double height rails at the outer ends of row A, and a low rail at the central aisle end behind row E will worry nobody.
At either side of the circle, overlooking row E, are shelves containing 5 seats each - Slip A.
Behind the two main blocks of seats are three boxes, with four seats each, set into the circle’s rear wall.
Barely adequate in most seats. Row A is absolute worst, the monkey (5ft 7) sat here and lost all feeling in its legs. Behind, rows B to E get perhaps an inch or so more, with C about acceptable to those 5ft 6 or so. From F back add an extra inch, by H those up to 5ft 7 or so should be OK. Row L, however, has legroom suitable for those up to 5ft 10 at least to be comfortable.
Row A 3 and 38 have one or two inches of extra legroom.
Seat G 1 is 90% clear in front. Seat F 31 is 10% clear in front. Seat G40 has a tiny bit of space to move a leg as well.
Centre aisle seats from F to L combine a good view with space to exercise one leg!
The monkey notes that legroom reduces in rows A to E as they curve towards the centre aisle.
Side alcoves have acceptable legroom as movable chairs are used.
All seats offer a clear view of the stage and fair value for money.
WITHOUT LEGROOM ISSUES, the monkey would just pick A to L in alphabetical order, as everything is acceptable to those who do not require much knee space.
For ANYONE OVER 5ft TALL, it would go for the seats in G then F that have legroom, or row L. Otherwise, stalls or boxes. The G seats are described as "restricted view." Perhaps the pernickety may dislike a light somewhere in the corner of the eye-line, but not the monkey.
For best value for money perhaps take last the outermost four seats at the ends of the row (unless space to move a leg into is required).
Eccentric architecture puts 4 seats on a shelf at the side of the circle overlooking row E. All miss about a fifth of nearside stage action, but are comfortable on movable chairs. Take 4 and 5 first, as they have an outstanding view for the cash. 1 and 8 have very much the least view - and are much cheaper. For what you get otherwise for that money, could do a lot worse once circle boxes have gone, feels the monkey.
Dreadful legroom in many seats.
Circle overhang reduces stage top views from row K back.
Central rows C to F Monday to Thursday / C to H Friday and Saturday are at "premium" price. Take stalls first if taller than 5ft 2 or so. It would take seats off to the sides of, or behind premium seats, before paying extra for the same view at all times, quite honestly.
Monday to Thursday, outer ends of H to K, and the whole of row L drop to second price. The monkey would go for L for legroom, or if short and able to take the legroom, then the innermost seat from H back.
Friday and Saturday, only row H 1 and 2 and L 2, 3, 37, 38 and 39 are cheaper. Take H2 only if short, otherwise, take any of these before other seats - the view is pretty much the same (only the far back corner is lost) and the legroom in L is some of the best.
"A19: I scored a seat first row of royal circle, A19, dead centre. By waiting until 5 minutes before curtain, I only paid £57.50! Sorry, leg room at a minimum, and seat backs are a bit short, but no rail to block the view, with comfy padded area, perfect for leaning on or resting water bottles and candy boxes (my neighbours, not me) instead. You are so close to the stage and are able to fully enjoy the choreography."
"B33 and 34: Perfect wide view with nothing missed. These seats are next to the 'premium' price seats, and just as good. Dress circle feels very close to the stage and at a great height. There's a good rake so even if there is a tall person, or someone in row A insists on leaning forwards, you don't miss much. A little bit tight on leg room, and a lot of people having to squeeze past you due to the lack of an aisle in the first few rows, but those are the only drawbacks.”
"C3 and 4: These are the end of a row, probably more comfortable than the front stalls where I sat last time, not much room to move but ok to sit up in, nobody behind which meant I could sit bolt upright without fear of reprisals. The back right corner of the stage is obscured but it was good to see the lighting which I missed last time. As for the overall view, I guess from the circle you see the whole spectacle more, but miss the intimacy from the front stalls. I’m sure that there are better seats to be had in the circle, but if having a bit of room to stretch is important then you could do a lot worse."
"C19 and 20, (Karen): Fabulous view. I am 5 ‘7” and was quite comfortable."
"C39: This is the last seat in the aisle, but it’s got a great view. I could see all of the action except for things happening at the very left of the stage. However, most was mirrored on the right of the stage and the main action happens in the centre. Perhaps the best thing about this seat is the leg room. It does have a seat in front of it, but I am 5ft 8 and had ample leg room. I could see people in the centre were incredibly cramped. Most would be fine in this seat, and even the tallest would have the aisle to turn into. I can’t wait to bag a (similar) seat again."
"E7 and 8: These were perfect seats. Clear view of the stage, close enough so you could see every expression on the actors' faces but with a great overview."
"E8: This seat was much better than the stalls, not to mention 50 pounds cheaper! The rows are tiered, and the view of the entire stage was fantastic. I was very happy with the view. I very much preferred my Royal Circle seat, even putting aside the large price difference. Like others, I found leg room in both locations very limited, and I am short (5 foot 3 inches). The seats are comfortable in the seat itself, but the back is very upright."
"J21 and 22: End of the aisle but in the middle of auditorium. Great view from up here of the whole stage and glad I didn’t bother paying over £200 for the nearer seats. Only problem - seats are not staggered very well and the 2 people in front were quite tall/big. So we had to sit to the side to see properly. Leg room poor - luckily we are only 5’4” so ok for us. Anyone over 5’8” would struggle I think. But I was pleased with the seats for the money paid."
"K3, 4, 5: We were really happy with our view and didn't feel like we missed anything at all. Still felt close."
"K5: Good view from here. Sight lines seem to be excellent in the refurbished theatre. I could see the whole stage and even the overhang didn't prevent me from seeing the actors up on the gantry. Being seat number 5, the view of actors on the gantry, stage right was a bit tight, but I could still see them. Further along that row would give a great overall view. Leg room was just about right for my 5' 10". Anyone taller might find it a little restricted, but no worse than some stall seats in other theatres at much higher prices."
Two either side of the circle at the front (each seating 2), three at the back behind row L (each seating 4).
There is another box between these and the stage, but it is not used.
Good, as all are movable chairs. Only exception may be in Matcham box, where seat 1 doesn't have quite as much space to go back as the other 3, for a very tall person.
The monkey would go for the boxes at the sides of the stage first, just because they are closer. Paying a bit more for A and C does give a slightly better angle, but all are great value. Those on the "low numbers" side see more of a staircase, on the "high numbers" a better view of choreography at times.
At the sides, B and D seem almost on the stage, but those sitting in the part of box nearest the stage won't see the side balcony or half the rear balcony action at all. The person at the back of the box will just see a bit more of both, but not much. A and C do see the side balcony with a better angle.
Rear circle boxes may lose the top of actors' heads on the rear gantry, due to the overhang. Matchem Box has the best of the views, but is more expensive.
Side boxes lose the side of the stage to equipment / set. Rear boxes lose top of stage to circle overhang.
"Box A, seat 2: Cost £75.00. I was extremely pleased with my seat. The view was excellent, with clear views of the stage. The extreme right hand side of the stage was obscured, however I did not miss any action of note. In fact at the end of the opening number Alexander Hamilton held his stare on me directly for what seemed liked an eternity! With it being a box legroom is what you make it, as I was with a complete stranger I did not feel able to stretch out! I thought the seat was excellent value and I would recommend a box seat to anyone."
"Box B: We had our second visit to Hamilton last week, and were very happy with our two seats in Royal Box C at 75 pounds each. After sitting in row C of the stalls the first time around, we'd wanted to have a view from above and be able to appreciate more of the choreography and what was happening at the back of the stage. We felt very close to the stage and the actors, who often looked off into the distance around where we were sitting...! It was quite a treat to be able to move our chairs around for the best view/legroom, put the bags and coats out of the way, and feel a bit more "special" despite paying less than we paid in the stalls. We did miss a bit of what was happening on the far left of the stage, but I can only think of a couple of occasions where it was material (Hamilton coming down the stairs in the first song, and George Washington shouting at Charles Lee during the Battle of Monmouth). I certainly would recommend these seats, and it's a show that rewards a second viewing."
Called the Grand Circle in this theatre.
The circle is split into two blocks by a central aisle. Either side of the circle, between circle front and boxes are "slip" seats.
Two short rows are located in the front corners of the circle against the side walls, between the front of the circle and the side boxes.
Double height rails at the ends of all aisle restrict views slightly.
A steep rake makes the rear rows feel remote and can trigger vertigo.
Poor in all seats, very poor in row A and in the slips - though slips are higher to allow a little "dangle" space.
Centre aisle seats in rows B to K, numbered 19 and 20 offer space to stretch one leg.
Row K has perhaps 2 inches more legroom than the rest, but it's a relative thing, not a recommendation. The monkey also noted rows C and D ends and row H seemed to have a half inch more too - with H 1 and 39 having a bit more space beside them, too.
Those over 5ft 6 should expect the worst, here.
In all rows it is worth avoiding seats 1 to 3 and 37 to 39 for being too close to the edges to offer equal value with seats closer in.
Row A seat numbers 1 to 4 and 5 to 8 are grouped around the corners of the stage. Cheap, and a bench in a rather odd curved shape. No arm-rests, and in seats 1 and 8 it is possible to sit at an angle that lets you move your legs sideways a little more - though you will lose more of the stage. Seats 2, 3, 6 and 7 have a little more leg space where the wall bulges forward to again allow legs to move parallel to the wall if those beside you are co-operative. The bench is not quite as low as other seats either, giving a little "leg dangle" space, but not very much. It's tight, still, for most.
When deciding, choose between row A and seats further back at the same price by establishing whether you will be happy with VERY little legroom. If you are, choose A.
The rest of the front circle offers a good view of the stage, leaners aside. Rows C to E seats 10 to 30 offer best views in the circle. Row D is about right, the monkey feels.
Rows G to K seats 10 to 30 mostly offer reasonable value for money. All give a distant but unrestricted view of the stage.
The monkey noted that standing places at the back have an outstanding view for the healthy.
Legroom. The monkey just has to say it again.
Double height metal bars at aisle ends.
Folk leaning forward, blocking views for those behind.
Vertigo in the rear rows, particularly, for those prone to it.
A long walk to your seats, up many stairs.
The outermost 4 seats in rows B to F drop to lowest price. Worth a look if you can stand the legroom, to sit in 4 and 36, right next to the expensive seats, feels the monkey.
Central row D goes up to second price. Very average - and if taller than one of Snow White's friends, the monkey would save cash by going for an end of row seat, sightlines be hanged, you won't see if you are squinting in pain anyway...
You could skip F in favour of G - same view, cheaper still. With G to K the same price, centre aisle seats and row K may be a better bet for its extra inch or two of legroom, too.
Row J has people standing behind 10 to 20, which may feel a trifle irritating at least.
In the slip seats, those on the "low numbers" side see more of a staircase, on the "high numbers" a better view of choreography at times.
Those standing are not allowed to lean, sit on the floor or take empty seats.
"Slip Seats: Bloody hell those slip seats are uncomfortable....I’m surprised I could walk down the stairs.... Decent view if you can take the back breaking."
"A1 to 4: These seats were great. The view was brilliant, there was no rail in the way and only a small part of the stage was obstructed despite us being right at the side of the circle. The view was also better than I'd expected given my experience in similar seats in other theatres. The leg room is limited but we did not find this too much of an issue, and it wasn't too bad as long as bags were carefully placed. I'd definitely recommend these seats as the view far outweighed any legroom issues."
"A16 and 17: View is eye level from a 6ft 3 guy sitting. Think budget airline for leg space. If you can cope with that definitely worth sitting here. Short friend 5ft view obstructed first 6ft of stage. Curving did help but not ideal."
"B20: picked up a pair (B19 and B20) of restricted view seats - because of the central safety rail - for £39.50. Almost the cheapest seats you can get for Hamilton and the safety rail is no more obstructing than a tall person in front of you. The front of the grand circle is still pretty close to the stage as balconies go and you get to see all aspects of the show clearly. The legroom is truly, truly dismal; I am 5'1" and my knees were jammed into the back of the seat in front. But as a way to see this show without breaking the bank, it would be hard to better these seats."
"E24: The term 'Grand Circle' is somewhat misleading, since there was nothing 'Grand' about these seats at all. It has the steepest rake I have ever experienced in a theatre – if you suffer from vertigo, sit elsewhere. Also sit elsewhere if you’re over 5ft tall. With such a steep rake, the seat back of the row in front pressed against my legs, and almost no room for feet. I’m 5’6” and well before the end of Act 1 was experiencing back pain from sitting in the same position in an uncomfortable seat.
You do get a good overall view of the choreography, which in Hamilton is amazing, but you’re also looking down on the top of cast’s heads all of the time. I paid £57.50, really wish I’d spent the extra for seats in the Dress Circle or Stalls. Didn’t feel this seat was value for money at all."
"G34: (Taljaard). Firstly let's discuss leg room, G34 in the Grand Circle has a great view and superb sound but oh my goodness the lack of leg room is appalling, they really do need to put warnings on the tickets. I'm only 5'7" and it was very uncomfortable. The theatre has been beautifully restored and there are plenty of toilets!!"
"G35 and 36. These seats were priced at £37.50 during previews, and offered excellent value for money. They provided an excellent view of the whole stage, and didn’t feel too far off to the side as I’d feared they might. The excellent rake in the Grand Circle ensures clear views. Very occasionally action takes place on the upstage balcony, and we could still just see all the action below the top of the proscenium arch - I think if you were sat in row H or further back your view might be restricted during these moments. The sound in the Grand Circle is exceptional - top marks to the sound team. The leg room was poor - I’m 6ft 2 and in G35 I couldn’t get my right knee down far enough to get my foot flat on the floor, as my shin was hitting the seat in front. Even my very petite date found the leg room limited. The seats themselves are well padded with a comfy back, but a little narrow. There seemed to be plenty of toilets and bars on all levels of the refurbished theatre - bravo Cameron. Staff were all very friendly, welcoming and efficient."
"Standing Places: Scored 2 standing room tickets up in the Grand Circle £12.50. The theatre's small so we had excellent views. Price is incredible value for money."
"Standing Places: The view is amazing, and the space is very comfortable (you can even lean on a sort of padded counter). Highly recommended!"
"Standing Places: The location to stand is at the back of the theatre but the view is still fantastic as the theatre is quite small. There is a lot of room around the top and there is a padded rail in front of you that you can lean against. You are not allowed to sit. I was nervous about having the tenacity to stand but the show is so enjoyable that it was not a problem— in fact it was sort of nice to have some room and freedom to move to the music."
"Standing Places: Nervous the theater top tier would be hot, but AC was perfect – many tall patrons joined us in 2nd act as they didn’t have enough legroom. Obviously they don’t know about your website."
Two either side of the stage, at the front of the circle.
An extra box is between the boxes and stage, but isn't used.
Good, as movable chairs.
A and C have the better angle, being slightly further back from the stage.
All boxes lose a small amount - less than a fifth, of the action closest to them.
A rail runs round the front of each box. The shortest - under 5ft tall, may find it slightly in view.
Those on the "low numbers" side see more of a staircase, on the "high numbers" a better view of choreography at times, and the monkey would take A and C first, but all are excellent value. Remember that you won't see the side balcony from B and D.
Box A: Having sat in £100 seats three times, needed to save of money! So at £37.50 per seat, this two-seater 'box' gives you lots of space (as chairs are free-standing), privacy, a bit of exclusivity, and a great view. So you have to lean over the rail a bit, and can't see a tiny bit of the stage, but you are so close to the stage that it really doesn't matter.
Box C would be the same over the other side, with Boxes B and D not quite so good as a tiny bit further forward, but great value still. If I had a party of 4, I would go for Boxes A/B or C/D so all sat together, and for £150 in a totally private space, you will have a wonderful time! The privacy is brilliant! £100 or £200 each for premium seats? Not for me any more!"
Box C: "Not being made of money I had decided to take my chances with Grand Circle Box C having looked at your site. Benefits we thought were the fun access to the box, the privacy once there and the free standing chairs. You are also roughly in line with row 6-8 of the stalls so very close to the stage and able to see every facial expression albeit from a height. Sound is excellent.
Negatives - it is an extreme side view missing a small section of the stage on the left hand side. There is also a thick bar around the top of the box which means it is always in view and you are either having to go over or under it to see what's happening. Maybe if you're a bit taller you'd do better here. It was quite hard to be fully engaged when you're bobbing around chasing the view.
From our vantage point we couldn't help but notice that legroom throughout the theatre looked atrocious (another reason for choosing the box) and I heard several people comment on how poor it was as we were milling around.
Would I sit here again? No. I'd take my chances with the legroom in the Grand Circle and go for a front on view of the stage even though it is a long way away.
As an additional note, the queue for the ladies in the interval was appalling. Easily 40+ people in front of us by the time we got there and we'd just got to the front of the queue when we got the 5 minute warning to go back to our seats."
Sennheiner infrared. Level access for wheelchairs from Allington Street to the stalls, and from there to rear stalls boxes. Details from access (put @ symbol here) delfontmackintosh.co.uk or 0344 482 5137.
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.
"Hamilton" fans: The monkey reminds you all that TICKET PRICES will change at any time.
Note that most end of row seats DO NOT have extra legroom. For details of seats that do have space, click the "Best Seat Advice" button on the left menu.
The "Dress Circle" is called the "Royal Circle" in this venue.
The "Upper Circle" is called the "Grand Circle" in this venue.
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.
Victoria - Victoria Line (pale blue), District Line (green) and Circle Line (yellow).
From the Victoria line ticket barriers, turn to your left. Follow the curve of the barriers around until you see an exit sign for "Wilton Road". Go under this sign and up the stairs. The theatre is in front of you, across a busy road.
From the District and Circle line ticket barriers, you have two choices.
Either you can turn left on leaving the underground ticket barriers, go up the stairs and exit the station. Follow the street to your right, and the Victoria Palace Theatre appears ahead of you, across the road to your left.
Alternatively, on leaving the underground ticket barriers, turn to your right, and look along diagonally for a tunnel sign marked "National Rail". Walk under it and down a gentle slope. This will bring you into the Victoria line hall. Follow the curve of the ticket barriers around until you see an exit sign for "Wilton Road". Go under this sign and up the stairs. The theatre is in front of you, across a busy road.
Inside Victoria Underground Station, follow the signs for the "CARDINAL PLACE EXIT." At the top of the stairs, ahead is a glass office block. Look to the right, and turn to face another silver glass office block over the road. Walk forward towards the road, and look to your right. You will see the Victoria Palace Theatre to your right, across another road.
8, 11, 24, 36, 38, 73, 211, 511 To Victoria Bus Station. The theatre is in front of the station, across a busy road.
A rank for Black taxis is at Victoria Station - a short distance from the theatre. Best chance of hailing one is in the street outside.
Car parks are in Rochester Row and Cumberland Street.
At Cumberland Street 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 24 hours using this scheme and it is endorsed by the Society of London Theatre.
Other option is Semley Place. On leaving the car park turn to your left. Walk to the end of the street, to a busy main road, Buckingham Palace Road. If you see Ebury Street, wrong way.
Turn Left and walk down Buckingham Palace Road, passing Victoria Coach Station, a white building on your left as you walk. Cross Elizabeth Street and Eccleston Street. Change to the other side of the road.
Keep walking with Victoria Station on your right. When you reach the station forecourt, turn right and walk across it. The Victoria Palace Theatre is then to your left, across Grosvenor Gardens, a busy main road.