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Gillian Lynne Theatre

166 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PW 020 7087 7750

  • Where to buy tickets
  • Best seat advice
  • Seating plan/s
  • Getting to the theatre

Buying tickets online - 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.

About the show: Cinderella


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.


ALSO SEE for great value "hotel and theatre ticket" packages.
Other Independent S.T.A.R. ticket agencies may also offer an alternative choice of seats.

TheatreMonkey Ticketshop

When the theatre does not have the tickets you desire available, it is well worth trying the Theatremonkey Ticketshop agency, telephone 020 7420 9778 (0044 207 420 9778 if calling from outside the United Kingdom), offers £129.50 tickets with a £34.40 per seat booking fee, £24.90 on £99.50, £19.90 on £79.50, £14.90 on £59.50, £12.40 on £49.50, £9.90 on £39.50, £7.40 on £29.50, £4.90 on £19.50 Monday to Thursday and preview seats / £33.80 on £135, £27.30 on £105, £21.30 on £85, £16.30 on £65, £13.80 on £55, £11.30 on £45, £8.80 on £35, £6.30 on £25 Friday to Sunday seats - moderate by agency standards, though higher than box office fees, worth trying as they often have an alternative choice of seats available! Note that this system will confirm exact seat numbers prior to purchase. A £1.95 per booking, not per ticket, handling fee may apply on some transactions by telephone. NO handling fee applies for online purchases.

See Tickets

Another alternative is which offers £129.50 tickets with a £25.90 per seat booking fee, £19.90 on £99.50, £15.90 on £79.50, £11.90 on £59.50, £9.90 on £49.50, £7.90 on £39.50, £5.90 on £29.50, £3.90 on £19.50 Monday to Thursday and preview seats / £27 on £135, £21 on £105, £17 on £85, £13 on £65, £11 on £55, £9 on £45, £7 on £35, £5 on £25 Friday to Sunday seats and £2.75 per booking (not per ticket) postal charge.

Ticketmaster offers £129.50 tickets with a £25.25 per seat booking fee, £19.50 on £99.50, £15.50 on £79.50, £11.25 on £59.50, £9.75 on £49.50, £7.75 on £39.50, £5.75 on £29.50, £4 on £19.50 Monday to Thursday and preview seats / £26.50 on £135, £20.50 on £105, £16.75 on £85, £12.75 on £65, £10.75 on £55, £9 on £45, £7 on £35, £5 on £25 Friday to Sunday seats per ticket.

Encore Tickets

Encore Tickets (telephone 0207 400 1253 / 0044 207 400 1253 if calling from outside the United Kingdom) offers £129.50 tickets with a £25.50 per seat booking fee, £19.50 on £99.50, £15.50 on £79.50, £11.50 on £59.50, £9.50 on £49.50, £7.50 on £39.50, £6.50 on £29.50, £4.50 on £19.50 Monday to Thursday and preview seats / £26 on £135, £20 on £105, £17 on £85, £13 on £65, £11 on £55, £9 on £45, £7 on £35, £5 on £25 Friday to Sunday seats. A postage charge of £1.45 per booking, not per ticket may be applied to bookings made from UK addresses more than 5 days before the performance.

Discounts and "Meal and Show" packages may also be available. Quality and Value hotel / theatre ticket packages are also available.

London Theatre Direct offers £129.50 tickets with a £26 per seat booking fee, £20 on £99.50, £16 on £79.50, £12 on £59.50, £10 on £49.50, £8 on £39.50, £6 on £29.50, £4 on £19.50 Monday to Thursday and preview seats / £27 on £135, £21 on £105, £17 on £85, £13 on £65, £11 on £55, £9 on £45, £7 on £35, £5 on £25 Friday to Sunday 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.

Box office information

Telephone: 020 7087 7750
Operated by See Tickets on behalf of the venue.

Booking fees per ticket for telephone bookings:
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.

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. 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.

The official website allows you to check the view from any seat selected.

This theatre underwent refurbishment before the current production. Due to present restrictions, the monkey has been unable to complete as full an auditorium visit as it would like. It has, however, now visited and provides the guide below, based on "first impressions" of the impressive new auditorium.

  • Stalls
  • Dress Circle



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 30, 31, 52 and 53. Side block seats M 4, 78 and 79 are also on aisle stairways with nothing in front.

Row A also has almost unlimited legroom, with the exception of A 25 to 28 and 54 to 57 which are suitable for those up to around 5ft 6 or so. A25 and 57 are particularly cramped. 

H34 and 49 have slightly less legroom.

Row G 32 and 51 are angled slightly, giving generous legroom for those up to 5ft 10 for at least one leg. There is also space to put feet under the seat in front.

Choosing seats in general

Front Section: 
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.
Rear Section: 
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 many.
The rear section side blocks of the stalls have been re-modelled to give a better viewing angle. Instead of curving tightly around the sides, they are now set at an angle which faces the stage in a more “straight on” angle. The far outermost seats are still going to miss much action, but the majority should enjoy better views than before. 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 viewing platform behind P15 to 21 and should see well from there.

O 61 to 71 may be in front of a sound desk, so not for purists.

General hazard notes

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.

Changes for the current production

The standard layout is used. The stage projects beyond the proscenium into the auditorium, with rows A to G curved to follow 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 comfort is a huge bonus. 
The front section is on shallow steps, but as the stage is high it should not cause issues for anybody being unable to see over the rows in front.

SPOILER ALERT rows A to G complete a circular tour of the auditorium during the show. Prices reflect the extra experience. SPOILER ENDS. This makes the outer four seats in rows A to E worth avoiding unless discounted. If they are cheaper, take those furthest back and closest to the centre aisles if possible.

The central block rows C to F, 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.

Seats G32 and G51 are not usually sold as they are required for ushers.

Do note that there is a staircase onto the stage from the centre aisle between A35 and A36. This may make a bit of a squeeze for the less ambulate.

In the rear section, SPOILER ALERT there is a segment of the show where the action is right in front of row I, and every seat gets a spectacular view. SPOILER ENDS.

Premium seats run centre block rows I to L. Fair enough, feels the monkey. Row I 35 to 48 has been adjusted to see over heads in front, but the monkey would still take a row behind just in case of someone tall in row H.

The rest of the centre block has a decent view, but the absolute bargains are in row U. No action is lost due to the circle overhang, and they are cheaper than the row in front. U 22 to 62 are the bargain "family row" for sure, feels the monkey.

Out to the side blocks, a low rail behind row G should disturb absolutely nobody in row I. At worst, it cuts into the view about an inch off the stage floor. Worth it for closeness at one point in the action. Still, if shorter and concerned you can always go a row or two back – the view is as good.

Every seat at second and third price is a total steal - particularly the cheaper ones. Those cheaper still will have a problem seeing the back fifth to eighth of the stage side nearest to you. The outermost pairs in K, L and M are a last choice due to the viewing angle for most of the show, but they are priced accordingly.

Readers comments

"Cinderella" (August 2021). Stage is high - above head height of some in front row of stalls, though this row is set back from stage by about 1m. Side seats in rear stalls restricted view due to the stage design. But most action front and centre. So more side view rather than lost view. Also one long scene where these seats have perfect view."

J13: "Cinderella" (August 2021). Pick as central seats in your bracket as possible. Sat J13 end seat and you missed probably 50% of back of stage and a lot of ensemble blocking main characters too."

“M70 and 71: “Cinderella” (August 2021) (Bob Pickett). Well worth the money.  Very close to the stage, raised enough to make the view comfortable.  Only issue is you're at the side of the stage so the actors tend to be projecting front and centre.  But for all little stage geeks they're fun, as you can see the Orchestra "pit" up in the gods and you can see a tiny bit behind the scenes.”

“S54 and 55: “Cinderella The Musical” (August 2021), (Bob Pickett). The Gillian Lynne, being (a) a relatively modern theatre and (b) having enjoyed a refurbishment during lockdown gives good sightlines from pretty much anywhere in the theatre… once navigated the bewildering number of stairs (if you’ve seen Labyrinth, it feels like that, you climb endless stairs, only to find you’re not that far up).
Row S is a nice height and is on the same level as the door (which is handy for interval ice-creams).  S54 and S55 are quite central, just a little to one side, but give good sightlines - they lose the tiniest sliver of the top of the stage, I can’t envision a production (except perhaps “Kiss of the Spider Woman”) where this could ever be an issue.  The overhang from the Dress Circle does not interrupt. The rake is excellent; unless you get a basketball team in front you’ll not struggle to see over.  Legroom is decent, cushion comfort is supportive and fidget-free.  But for such a modern theatre, I did find the seats to be a little narrow - not uncomfortable, but more of a squidge - but my wife commented there is more than enough room, adding they’re amongst the most comfortable theatre seats she has sat in. Overall well worth the money, though if possible to get closer to the stage for the same money I would do so.”

Dress Circle


The Dress Circle is called the "Circle" in this theatre.

Nothing overhangs this circle.

The circle is split into a large central, and two side blocks, by aisles.

The central block has seven rows set on well-tiered steps.

Side blocks are also well tiered, with between 4 and 5 rows. 


Very adequate in all seats. All up to around 5ft 10 should be comfortable in any seat. 

Row A perhaps has a little less, row G has more.

Seats C1 and C87 have nothing in front.

Seats E21 and 67 are considered cramped.

Choosing seats in general

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 F and G here are even better, it feels. 

Centre Block: 
You will do fine in row B if row A is at a premium price – the view is the same, cheaper.
The outer two (three in row B) seats at either end of rows A to E may find an aisle end rail slightly in view at times. Heavily discounted, they are a bargain, take the seat in from the aisle. 

Alternatively, central row G is often the same price and an outstanding deal to get a clear over all view of any show, thinks the monkey. 


Side Blocks: 
Aisle end rails are limited, and few seat will find them blocking views. The monkey felt only B24 and B64 would really find much to complain about.

The big problems are the seats furthest round, nearest the stage. There is a good chance those at the extreme ends of rows A to C will see very little – perhaps two-thirds – of stage action at most, and then only what goes on front and centre.

D10, 11, 78 and 79 are also next to a wall with rails beside them, limiting views there too.

General hazard notes

Rails at the ends of aisles may affect views of those directly behind.

There are steps up from the aisle to rows F and G.

The wall and rail next to D10 and D79.

Being too far around the sides for shows not taking place “in the round” will certainly limit the view of the stage.

Changes for the current production

SPOILER ALERT: When the theatre goes “in the round” for a sequence, the entire circle gets the most wonderful views, even the cheapest seats. SPOILER ENDS.

The centre block has spectacular views. Row G at fourth price is a bargain, and the monkey would take it over row F, even over row E.

That said, centre A and B are good, and you can save by taking the equally fine second price seats beside the premium and top-non premium seats beside them.

End pairs of seats in the centre block are the same price as row G. 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 if you want to be further forward.

In the side blocks, pricing throws up some further bargains. The first 5 (3 in E) seats closest to the centre in rows A and B are fair value. 

Beyond those, another price drop produce a better than average deal to see a big West End show, and you are very nicely intimate to the stage. Practically sitting above the expensive seats but saving a lot by taking the high angle.

The monkey would urge caution moving to the smallest side blocks. The view (except for one sequence) is proportional to the ticket price paid. If you are seeking seats at that price, take the ends of rows J to M (in that order) in the stalls – the viewing angle is superior.


Readers comments

"Cinderella" (July 2021). Side seats in circle restricted view due to the stage design. But most action front and centre. So more side view rather than lost view. Also one long scene where these seats have perfect view."

"A43 to 46: "Cinderella" (July 2021). These seats would normally be perfect but, for Cinderella, be aware that some re-staging for one long scene at the beginning of Act 2 renders these views to be partly restricted during this scene. You can still catch most of what's happening but I would normally expect to see everything when paying these premium prices."

"D42 and 43: "Cinderella" (July 2021). Right in the centre. The view was really good and you don’t miss any of the action, it didn’t feel too far away, the seats are upright which makes moving along the rows easier, and they didn’t notice any issue with legroom so presumably it must have been good. Oh, and the queue for the ladies in the interval was still really long …!"

“E22 and 23: “Cinderella” (July 2021), (DJW). The seats are in the last row of the Circle, but you really don't miss seeing or hearing any action. The seats are comprised of a short set of 3, but they're separated from every other row, so it's almost like you have your own private box, with plenty of room. Getting in/out of the seats superb, as you're on the end, so don't have to bother anybody else. Might be a bit pricier on a fully-seated performance, especially if it's the weekend, but certainly ones worth going for compared to the main block of the circle, as the price can jump up dramatically, for not much extra viewing experience!”

Notes best seat advice

Formerly New London Theatre.

1293 seats plus wheelchair places.

Air-conditioned auditorium.

Infrared headsets and hearing aid loops available from front of house staff on arrival - the box office will advise the best place to sit for strong signal reception. Occasional signed, captioned and audio described performances. Guide dog sitter available. Two accessible toilets - one at upper foyer level, the other by door 4 near the accessible wheelchair platform in the stalls.

Access to auditorium for chair users is via a lift 140cm deep, 110cm wide. Wheelchair platform at row P of the stalls for 2 chairs plus 2 companions. Transfer to row S in the stalls from a chair is possible. 114 steps from street level (24 from a lift) to the dress circle. Theatre bars and VIP areas are step-free from the lift. Specific information from or 020 7087 7966.

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.

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:

Based on "first impressions" - feel free to add your opinions!

Gillian Lynne Theatre seating plan

By price:

Monday to Thursday "Off Peak":

Gillian Lynne Theatre week days prices seating plan

Friday to Sunday "Off Peak":

Gillian Lynne Theatre weekend prices seating plan

"Peak Dates":

Gillian Lynne Theatre peak prices seating plan

The Dress Circle is called the "Circle" in this theatre.

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

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, 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.

Car park

In Parker Street, under the theatre. 

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