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Criterion Theatre

218-223 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1V 9LB 0844 815 6131

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Booking fees per ticket:
A £1.25 per ticket booking fee is charged. 

About the show:
Amelie The Musical.

Pride and Prejudice (sort of).


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Pride and Prejudice (sort of)
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Pride and Prejudice (sort of)
Alternatively, through Ticketmaster which charge £11.50 on £58.25, £9.50 on £48.25, £7.50 on £38.25, £5.75 on £28.75, £3.75 on £18.25 and £1.75 on £8.25 seats (£4.75 on £23.75 preview seats). This system allows you to choose your own seats from the selection the company has available.

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Discounts and Meal and Show Packages may also be available.

Box office information

Telephone: 033 33 202 895
Operated by Quay Tickets on behalf of the venue.

Booking fees per ticket for telephone bookings:
A £1.25 per ticket booking fee is charged. .

For personal callers or by post:
Piccadilly Circus, London. SW1Y 4XA
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 7839 8811.

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.

This theatre is underground. It is a very long walk down to the stalls and longer back up to the surface. The infirm or those not related to mountain goats (theatremonkey fortunately has a caprine third cousin) should consider the Upper Circle, which is only just below street level!

One reader says,
"I thought the theatre was rather nice. Deep under the ground and very old, you could sometimes hear the tube rattling above you. To me, it just added to the magic!" 

  • Stalls
  • Dress Circle
  • Dress Circle Boxes
  • Upper Circle
  • Upper Circle Boxes



A single block of seats face the stage. 

The Dress Circle overhangs the stalls at row H at the sides, K in the centre. Circle overhang noticeably affects the view of the top of the stage from row M back.

Pillars in rows J, K, N and P further affect views from the rear stalls.

The rake (sloped floor to help see over rows in front) is shallow throughout the stalls. In fact, the monkey felt rows B to D were slightly lower than A, before the rake came back at row E.


Legroom is adequate throughout the Stalls - including row A - for all under 6ft or so. Those over 6ft might "check their legs into the cloakroom" according to one reader in row M, though.

B 3 and 4, C 23 and 24, L 2 and P 22 have nothing in front; B 5 is 90% clear in front; D 1 and J 28 around 50% clear in front.

Choosing seats in general

Rows A to H seats 5 to 20 offer at least fair value - central seats near the front - E to H 5 to 20 being prime. Sitting here minimises the risk of both the shallow rake and pillars at top price.

For bargains, forage at the edges of row A to E (A to F on the "high numbers" side). Often officially "restricted view" stalls seats are: A 4 and 21, B 3 to 6, C 2, 3 and 24; D 2 and E 2. An extended proscenium wall seems to be the cause and some readers may want to avoid the seats next to these too. On the other hand, the view is pretty good unless the actors stand far over to the side of the stage... and the price is lower too...

Some feel that C3 and 23 and M 4 and 21 are worthwhile at fourth price, despite restricted views, and a few others are happy with the first seats in rows D, E, L and M too at the same price.

Rows J to L seats 1 to 4 (L 2 to 4) and 19 to 22 should be avoided as the first pillars interfere here. Accept row J to L seats 5 to 18 grudgingly - frankly, the rest are better, just because that rake is shallow.

In the rear stalls row P 12, 15 and 16 normally combine second price with a reasonably pillar free view. All other second price seats are not on this monkey's to buy list unless legroom is a factor.

The rest of the Stalls seats can cheerfully be ignored by most, though, is the feeling. If you must, then go as central as possible between the pillars, and don't go less lower than seat 7 or higher than 18 from row Q back, though R23 isn't terrible at lowest price, the monkey feels.

General hazard notes

A shallow rake frustrates shorter folk everywhere in the stalls.

Pillars throughout the rear stalls: affected seats are K 1 and 21; L 2; M 2, 4 and 21; N 1, 3, 4 and 20; P 1 to 4, 7 and 17 to 22; Q 1 to 7, 11, 14, 15, 18 to 24; R 1 to 7, 11, 12, 15, 16 and 19 to 23; S 4 to 7, 10, 11, 14, 15 and 18 to 21.

Changes for the current production

Amelie The Musical
Row R is removed. The front row is A. At all performances except Wednesday afternoons, central seats from C to H are set to one of three "premium" prices. Skip the most expensive on F, go in front or behind if you must, or consider row J at top non-premium price.

Wednesday afternoons, the premium isn't much more, but almost all rows nearby are cheaper... need the monkey say more.

Take restricted view seats at the ends of rows near the front, rather than behind pillars at the back if possible, but all seats appear to be priced fairly in monkey opinion.


Pride and Prejudice (sort of)
The front row is not confirmed and could be A, both it and a number of front stalls end seats are not yet on sale until sightlines are confirmed. There are no premium seats, and in this theatre being front and centre is the way to go. Take rows back to J, depending on your preference for how close to the stage you like to be. At top price, take N 5 to 17 and P 8 to 16 last - long way back for the cash.

Second price row Q centre is is pretty average. If you want clear view seats for the cash, accept them. The monkey would chance some of the cheaper tickets.

Take restricted view seats at the ends of rows near the front, once they are on sale rather than behind pillars at the back if possible, but all seats appear to be priced fairly in monkey opinion. There are some cheap ones for those happy to accept severely restricted views. For £8.25 you can't go wrong with P17, 7, Q 11 and 15, P 2, Q2 and P1 in that order. Stepping up a price, K 1 and 21, L2, and other seats at £1825 in rows N and P are also worth a first look to the monkey mind.

At preview performances from 15th until 31st October 2021, all seats are £23.75. Monkey advice is to take the "green" rated front and centre seats first, check for likewise in the dress circle before taking anything else. If you have to, be guided by the prices after previews for the biggest savings.

Readers comments

"A 10 and 11: "The 39 Steps," (Rebecca). I'm 4ft 11 and I have seen it twice now from row A, seats 10 and 11: It requires some looking up, but I really enjoy the close proximity of the actors, and getting to see every bit of subtlety in their comedic performances. I found leg room here to be average. The seats are a little uncomfortable, but as a comedy the show is shorter than most musicals, so it's less noticeable."

"A15: "The Comedy About A Bank Robbery" (May 2016). Sold relatively cheaply, this is a great seat. Looking slightly upward, as is expected, but within reason. Except for a few moments here and there clear view of everything. Legroom is quite good (I'm 6'2''), even slouching in the seat my knees had plenty of space."

"A16: OK, it’s very close to the action – but it was great!"

"B5: "The Comedy About A Bank Robbery" (February 2016). Tonight confirmed my view that if you're doing restricted view, high numbers are much better than low. Definitely missed more from B5 than from my usual B22."

"B 5 and 6: Permanently cheaper because of the restricted view. Sitting in the seats and looking directly forward you are looking at a wall; seat 6 is where the wall ends so that was the better seat. In seat 5 I couldn’t see about 10% of the action, and at the scene in the hotel lobby which is at the far right of the stage I could hardly see anything. I could see the stagehand, though. Seat 6 had no such problem. Some of the action also takes back at the far right back of the stage which is impossible to see from seat 5.

The saving grace is that row A ends at seat 5 so seat 5, 4 and 3 have acres of leg room, albeit with a side view. For 90% of the show though the view is superb, and well worth the £22.50 instead of £47.50 ticket price when we saw it (August 2010). The theatremonkey seating plan is slightly wrong as seat B4 has no seat in front of it (not wrong, just unable to show it for technical reasons - editor). With the seat colour, carpet and wall paint I always feel like I’m sitting in some one’s lounge at the Criterion! (The monkey raised the rating of B6 for view, and left the rest 'fair value' for comfort reasons if nothing else).

"B22: "The Comedy About A Bank Robbery" (February 2016). I don't understand why B22 isn't coloured green when the rest of the seats along that edge are. I'm practically resident in B22!" (because seats further back have a better angle, feels the monkey).

"Row C: neck-ache!"

"C3: "The Comedy about a Bank Robbery" (March 2016).My daughter had this seat, and rates it good value at £11. It was high enough that she could see all the stage, including the actors' feet (she is 5'1"), the legroom was superb (half the seat has nothing in front of it), and the restricted view was slight to moderate. She said that there were a couple of visual gags that she didn't get, but overall she was very happy with the seat for this price."

"C13: "Close to You" (January 2016). An excellent seat, with good leg room and perfect view of the stage, bang in the centre. Rows A and B are a bit close, whereas C is far enough back to avoid neck ache."

"C22: Although this was not a bad seat, I felt that it was difficult to see the actors when they were standing at the edge of the stage. It was not so much a restricted view, but instead a poor view. As this was a full price seat it offered poor value for money and would be best avoided in my opinion."

"E3: The seat was awful. There is no rake, meaning that if a tall person, or a person with a very dodgy hair-do sits in front of you - you've had it. This meant that I missed much of the first act, as I couldn't see the performance clearly, and also without the people behind poking me saying that I was blocking their view!. In the interval, I spoke to an usher, and they kindly let me sit in the Dress Circle - which again had lots of pillars in view, but was much better than my stalls seat."

"E11: (Tom). I got this at a reduced price. This is a small, pretty theatre and E11 is an excellent seat. I wouldn't like to sit further forward as it's a rather 'shouty' performance. There is almost no rake at the front and the seats aren't staggered here so someone tall in the row in front would cause a problem. The seats also seem to be strangely noisy, and if half a dozen people choose to re-settle at the same time it is a bit distracting! By London standards the seats and leg room are reasonable."

"E 16: (Jon B). My seat in the stalls was fine with a good close view of the stage and reasonable leg room. There's very little rake on the stalls so you could be unlucky if someone tall sits in front of you."

"E17: (Jackie, Devon). There was plenty of leg room, however, the rake in the stalls was appalling. The view was obscured by the people in the row in front which was annoying."

"E18 and 19: gave a good view of the stage and provided adequate legroom."

"Row F: Centre. this view was just fine as I had an unblocked view of the stage and was able to enjoy the play."

"F6 and 7: were good seats, with a good view of the stage and with sufficient room even for me at over 6 ft."

"F17 and 18: at £22.50 each with no booking fee. Perfect seats with a full view of the stage."

"Row G: next time I would definitely choose the dress circle. The rake of the stalls is non-existent and being of fairly average height, I found it hard to make out some of the tap dancing etc at the production I saw."

"H 1 and 2 and J 1 and 2. "The Comedy about a Bank Robbery" (March 2016). It did feel a little odd going down into the theatre, but that was partly because it was so crowded arriving, with nowhere to linger. The tiled walls were also oddly reminiscent of a tube station or a Victorian toilet! The theatre itself was fine, although the Circle overhang was a little disconcerting. No sign of tubes rattling by!. J2 is directly next to a large pillar so those two seats are a little pair to themselves, which was cute, and pleased Tall Daughter. Leg room was fine. Those seats at the end are under the side overhang of the Circle, which didn’t block the stage view (there is some business right at the top of the stage) but did make it feel a little enclosed. 

Behind was an individual seat alone with space all round it, because of that pillar - no one was sitting there and that meant wriggling from side to side to see the stage was easier. The seats weren’t staggered but the side angle to the stage meant a pretty good view between heads - my husband and Tall Son, in fact - with a bit of dodging from side to side. (I was in J1, TD was in J2 and saw fine.) You can’t really lean back in your seat and see as well, and you miss a little of the action on the far right of the stage but not enough to matter and for the price, they were good value. 

As TM said, though, higher numbers aisle seats might give you a better all round view with this particular play. And also, as the toilets and bar are at that low numbers side of the theatre, with no centre aisle, the ENTIRE row felt they had to come through in the interval, rather than walking around the back of the theatre (and it really isn’t that big a walk!) including the obligatory last minute returner after the interval when we had finally sat down!"

"H23: "The Comedy about a Bank Robbery" (March 2016). End of row but before those dreaded columns - Thanks TM for the suggestions. Missed nothing, would rather be here for this production than the other side where you would miss window scenes, and I was less obscured than end of rows in front of me. Paid usual 'partially restricted view' £33 ticket price and was happy with that. I am 6'4" though so that helped with the flat rake. Agree with others - it is a loud performance so would not want to be too far forward."

"J 7 to 9: (JS). Fab seats, lots of legroom even for tall people. Would highly recommend. You could see perfectly and we were nowhere near the pillars."

"J18: "The Comedy About a Bank Robbery" (March 2016). Great seat."

"Row K: My seats were great - central to the stage about 10 rows back. I was a little worried as I'm rather short, but the view was okay as long as a giant wasn't sitting in front of me."

"K 12 and 13. (B). Good seats, dead centre; a perfect view of everything. The Criterion Theatre is marvellous, but there are seats I wouldn’t want to sit in. Best to check which ones have restricted views before purchasing them."

"Row M: (Jackie Bassom). Seats in row M gave a comfy view."

"M11 and 12: It's a very small and cramped auditorium. We were wedged into M11 and 12 which were dead centre of the row towards the back. It seems that there is no rake, but the seats were staggered - which helped, as I had to look between two very large heads. The seats were pretty comfy, it has to be said, but partly because once you were in them there was no way you were moving again. It was almost like I was vacuum packed."

"Row N: "The Comedy about a Bank Robbery" (March 2016). We sat just to the left of centre. The leg room wasn't bad for my 6' husband, and the view wasn't bad at all, considering the shallow rake."

Dress Circle


A single block of seats face the stage, with a trio and pair of seats in the corners of the circle by the boxes too.

The Upper Circle overhangs the Dress Circle at row B.

Pillars holding it up are liberally scattered in front of row C.


Poor for the taller with row AA and D 9 to 19 having least. Elsewhere, row A has most, and those up to around 5ft 10 should be fairly comfortable in other rows outside D 9 to 19.

Choosing seats in general

Row B seats 10 to 20 are the best value here, followed by row A 9 to 25. If given the choice though, this monkey opts for top price stalls instead.

Of the other seats, C 5, 9 and 24 are heavily discounted for being right behind pillars, with seats behind and to the sides slightly more expensive. Pillar seats are fair value below around £25 feels the monkey, and those on G are in a short row, which may please the less sociable.

General hazard notes

Seats officially designated "restricted view" due to pillars are: row C 5, 9, 20 and 24; D 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 27 and 28; E 1 to 5, 8, 9, 13, 17, 18, 21, 22, 25, 28 and 29; F 4 to 7, 10, 21, 22, 25 to 27; G 6 to 9.

AA 1, 2, 3, 28 and 29 also have viewing problems due to their position at the side of the circle.

Changes for the current production

Amelie The Musical
Central seats row A is "premium," with A 18 to 18 "Super Premium" on Wednesday afternoons. Worth going in behind them, feels the monkey.

Restricted view seats appear to be priced fairly in monkey opinion.

A sound desk behind row 12 to 17 should bother nobody.


Pride and Prejudice (sort of)
No premium seats, so central rows A and B 10 to 20 are prime at top price. Go off beside them if they have gone, but don't go back beyond C for the price.

Restricted view seats appear to be priced fairly in monkey opinion. Row G at just £8.25 has to be worth it, and the monkey would consider the ends of D to F as well at £10 more. Slips are likewise a thought - it would take the cheaper 1 to 3 before 28 and 29, though.

A sound desk behind row D 12 to 17 should bother nobody.

At preview performances from 15th until 31st October 2021 only, All seats are £23.75. Monkey advice is to take the "green" rated front two rows first. Then take all the other top price seats before taking anything cheaper up here.

Readers comments

"Row A: We had seats A22 and A23 in the Dress Circle, which had adequate legroom (friend 5’ 8”) and an excellent view."

"A16 and A17: The view was great, and my long legged husband managed to sit through the performance without fidgeting!
Of course, as in most older theatres, the seats are narrow."

"A24 to A27: Paid £96 for four seats on an offer from Lovetheatre. Seats were very good - they gave a clear view of the stage, although I felt I was looking slightly to my left to see it (in A24) - this wasn't a problem. My wife sat in A27 and did not find that the handrail obstructed her vision. I tried the seat at the interval and agreed that it was no problem, although there was one scene in the second half where she couldn't see one item on the extreme left of the stage. Seat comfort was fine and the legroom was more than adequate."

“A26 and 27: “The 39 Steps,” (Chris B). The Criterion feels very cosy and intimate as west end theatres go. These seats are to the very left as you look at the stage, but offer a good clear view. There is a safety rail to the left of seat A27 but it’s easy to look around especially if you know the person in A26, and it doesn't impact on the quality of the view. There is a large curve to the circle so these seats are much further forward than the central seats and you feel very close to the stage (They overhang about row H of the stalls) There is plenty of legroom too.”

"B 6 to 9: (Dan). I went to see 'The 39 Steps' in December 2007. We had booked a 'best available seat' deal for the bargain price of £10 per ticket, and were allocated Dress Circle Row B, seats 6 to 9. For my friends in seats 6 to 8, the view was fantastic as there was no one in front of them. Unfortunately, I had a (normal-sized) gentleman in front of me in seat A9, whose head blocked out a portion of the centre of the stage for much of the performance. Strangely enough, I didn't actually miss much of the action, but I just wanted to advise fellow theatregoers that the Dress Circle rake at this theatre doesn't really count for much. I probably could have moved to one of the seats in Row AA, but didn't think this would actually improve things due to the odd viewing angle from there. In any case, for £10 I was hardly complaining!"

"B 19, 20, 21: "The Comedy About A Bank Robbery" (February 2016). We had a good view of the stage. There was a fairly shallow rake so I feared the worst if the people in front of us chose to lean forward but on this occasion all was well and sight lines through the seats in front were decent. Leg room was ample and we had no complaints about the comfort of the seats. The columns started in the row behind us - they were thinner than I had imagined but probably still a pain if directly in front of you. Looking down from where we were sitting there didn’t appear to be any rake at all in the front stalls - beware if taking children or if you’re short."

"C 6 and 7: "The Comedy About A Bank Robbery" (February 2016). I would say that 6 & 7, even for the normal £50, I would rate definitely white (if not green when using the Sunday Saver!), as it offers a really fantastic view, with only a minuscule fraction of action missed at the window of Caprice's apartment."

"D6 and 7:  Although we paid less than half the price, I personally wouldn't have minded paying full price for these. The legroom is very small, but the chairs are comfortable. The view is outstanding. I was worried about the pillars, but they are so small, that neither of us had an obstructed view at all! It was quite a charming place to sit, you could see everything in pure detail (on stage, and around the theatre). I would sit here anyday."

"D13 - Hated the show but was a good seat none the less, I think Stalls would be better in this theatre as I felt a bit distant."

"E6 and 7: "The Comedy About A Bank Robbery" (February 2016). We got these for half price but one should have been £49.50 and E6 should have been £20 due to a pillar. However, we were very pleasantly surprised. Expecting to see half the stage from E6 we actually found almost no restriction whatsoever apart from the very front right corner of the stage which was only used once, and once scene involving a window. Therefore I would say that with the present pricing structure I would have been disappointed to pay the £50 for E7, but would have found E6 to be an absolute steal for £20. But at half price, no complaints at all! Fabulous value."

Dress Circle Boxes


Boxes A, B, C and D are at Dress Circle level. All are located at the sides of the theatre, either side of the stage.

A and B seat 4 people, C and D seat 2.


Good, as seats are movable chairs.

Choosing seats in general

Boxes A and B are best, followed by C and D if you can tolerate the side views.

These boxes offer a good alternative to all the pillar blighted seats in the rest of the theatre.

General hazard notes

An odd viewing angle prevents seeing the nearest edge of the stage to the box.

Changes for the current production

Amelie The Musical
All in use at restricted view fourth price - decent value even if you miss some of the stage, feels the monkey. Worth it for the comfort and being closer to the stage, it feels.


Pride and Prejudice (sort of)
Not yet on sale.

Readers comments

"Box C: "The Comedy About A Bank Robbery." (April 2016).  Whilst it's lovely having the space, boxes C and D are oddly angled away from the stage, so you need to lean over the edge for a reasonable view of the action. There is also an annoyingly placed spotlight in your line of sight. A fair amount of significant action occurs in the rear part of the stage on the box C side, which you totally miss. I think Box D would be a better bet, as the occupants of that didn't seem to be craning their necks around quite so much."

"Box D: "The Comedy About A Bank Robbery." (April 2016). Missed quite a bit of the happenings on our side of the stage, but we like the comfort and space."

Upper Circle


This overhangs the Dress Circle at row B.

Two block of seats faces the stage, divided by a centre aisle.


Very tight in row A - a six foot tall reader stood rather than sit there. Row B should please those up to 5ft 7, while C is further elevated to be acceptable to those up to around 5ft 10, feels the monkey.

Choosing seats in general

Being fairly low and without any pillars (how does the roof stay up?) these seats are good value normally. Select row B first, or cheaper C, then A as last resort - it is much more expensive too, so go for B and save money! 

The central seats have a far better view than outer ones, and prices reflect the loss of stage corners.

Two wheelchair spaces next to C20. The view is slightly restricted but adequate value.

General hazard notes

The shallow rake makes for problems in row B if those in front lean forwards. C is elevated, so the taller should avoid this a little.

Changes for the current production

Amelie The Musical
Skip row A at second price - you can do better in row C of the dress circle for view and comfort. On a Wednesday afternoon it will snag you a nice stalls row L seat as well.

At third price the monkey would take C over B, as it is more elevated and less prone to leaning people in front.

Fourth price seats are acceptable, take which ever you prefer. Monkey would go C for the same reason as above, or A if legroom isn't an issue. A box is the same price - though the view is less, it may be more fun and more comfortable for some.


Pride and Prejudice (sort of)
Skip row A at second price - you can do better in row Q of the stalls, or cheaper third price seats for view and comfort.

At third price the monkey would take C over B, as it is more elevated and less prone to leaning people in front.

Fourth price seats are acceptable, take which ever you prefer. Monkey would go C for the same reason as above, or A if legroom isn't an issue.

Preview performances from 15th until 31st October 2021 only:
All seats are £23.75. Monkey advice is to take the "green" rated stalls and dress circle first and only sit up here if the top price tickets are all gone.

Readers comments

"Upper Circle: (Taljaard). Paid £27.50 for a decent view on the top shelf."

"Row A: I am six foot tall and I was sat in the upper circle in the front row - and I just couldn't fit in at all, ended up having to sit sideways and then just stood to the side instead. I was given the ticket for £10 and even at that price it wasn't worth it."

"B11 to 13: The front row may be cramped but I would try it if I wanted to go again. I was in B11, my daughter and wife were in B12 and B13. My wife had difficulty until she could lean sideways after B14 and B15 decamped to somewhere in C. I was lucky, A10 and A11 did not turn up, but if A11 had done his/her head would have been centre stage. My wife tells me that row C were complaining and asking, without success, to be moved."

"B 21 to 23: (Simon). £25 from Ticketmaster. Good value we thought; decent legroom (I'm 5'11") and a good view even for my 10 year-old, albeit through the gaps between the heads in row A - only a problem if they leaned forward. There were no seats behind us so we could have sat on a coat or bag for extra height if we'd needed to!"

"B24 and B25: The view was great - just an ever so slight obstruction by the hand rail which meant a small part of the left hand side of the stage was obscured but it didn't detract. Next time, I would be quite happy to sit in the centre of Row C as that view was perfect (I tried out a few of the empty seats!)."

"Row C: "The Comedy about a Bank Robbery" (March 2016), (Graham). I'm not an upper circle fan but it was the best of a bad bunch when choosing. However after consulting the theatre bible a.k.a. Theatre Monkey I decided on the back row of the upper circle and was very pleased with these seats as one is still not that far from the stage and view was great so would have no problems booking these again."

"C 19 and 20: "The Comedy about a Bank Robbery" (March 2016). I would recommend our seats, which have a superb view of the whole stage at a good price."

Upper Circle Boxes


Boxes E and F are at Upper Circle level. Both are located at the sides of the theatre, either side of the stage.

Both seat 2 people.


Good, as seats are movable chairs.

Choosing seats in general

These offer a side view of the stage. Sold at third price normally, these boxes offer a good alternative to all the pillar blighted seats in the rest of the theatre for those willing to lean a lot.

General hazard notes

The odd viewing angle preventing seeing the nearest edge of the stage to the box unless you lean right up against the wall.

Changes for the current production

Amelie The Musical
Not in use.


Pride and Prejudice (sort of)
Not yet on sale. 

Readers comments

"Box E: (James). The view was fine for £10, but you really do have to lean forwards to see anything, almost out of the box! Hard on the legs too, as you're pressed right up against the edge of the box. Also worth knowing is that the boxes can only be booked over the phone, and no booking fee or postage was charged at all, unlike for the other seats in the theatre!"

Notes best seat advice

Total 590 seats.

Air-conditioned auditorium. 

Sennheiser Infrared. Occasional signed performances. Guide dog sitter available. Access to Wheelchair places via firedoor and down a slope. Adapted unisex toilet available (segregated would have been nicer). Specific details from the theatre on 020 7839 8811.

No food except Ice cream and confectionery.

Two Bars. Stalls and Dress Circle.

2 toilets. Dress Circle 1 gents 3 cubicles, 1 ladies 8 cubicles.

Reader Sara Levene comments,

"I would like to commend this theatre for having 8 cubicles in the stalls’ Ladies loo – all female theatregoers will understand that this is a very positive recommendation."

General price band information

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.

By value for money:

Amelie The Musical
All performances EXCEPT Wednesday Afternoons:

Criterion Theatre value seating plan


Wednesday Afternoons:

Criterion Theatre value seating plan

Pride and Prejudice (sort of)

All performances from 2nd November 2021 onwards:

Criterion Theatre value seating plan

Preview performances from 15th until 31st October 2021 only:
All seats are £23.75. Monkey advice is to take the "green" rated stalls and dress circle first.

By price:

Amelie The Musical
Tuesday to Thursday Evenings:

Criterion Theatre price seating plan


Wednesday Afternoons:

Criterion Theatre price seating plan

Friday to Sunday all performances:

Criterion Theatre price seating plan


Pride and Prejudice (sort of)

All performances from 2nd November 2021 onwards:

Criterion Theatre price seating plan

Preview performances from 15th until 31st October 2021 only:
All seats £23.75



A reader notes that stalls B 5 has nothing in front - something the monkey plans can't quite show for technical reasons (curves and straight lines don't mix graphically, alas!).

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.

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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 ignore the first staircase to your right, marked "Shaftesbury Avenue". Continue along the tunnel passing the "Trocadero" doors, and follow it as it curves round. Follow the arrow on the sign ahead of you that says "Eros" - it points on down the tunnel to your right. 

In this new section of tunnel, take the stairs ahead and to your right up to the street.

At the top of the stairs, the Criterion Theatre is to your right.


3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 38, 55, 88, and 159 to Piccadilly Circus.


A rank for Black taxis is at Charing Cross Station - a good distance from the theatre, if you cannot hail one in the busy street outside the venue.

Car park

China Town.
From the car park, walk ahead and turn right to face Shaftesbury Avenue. On Shaftsbury Avenue, turn to your left. Walk along, passing the Lyric and Apollo Theatres on the other side of the road. If you see the Palace Theatre, wrong way.

At the end of Shaftesbury Avenue, the Criterion Theatre is ahead of you, across Piccadilly Circus behind the statue of Eros.

The "Theatreland Parking Scheme" may be available here. Call Q-Park car parks on 0870 442 0104 or see 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.

For a full list of car parks and theatres that participate in the 50% off theatreland scheme see

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