8 Argyll Street, Soho, London W1F 7LA 020 7087 7755
www.lwtheatres.co.uk - the theatre group's own website provide the service for this theatre. This site allows seat selection for most events.
Booking fees per ticket:
Normally, 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. This policy may vary according to the production hosted, particularly for one-off concert events.
Other Online Choices (with genuine S.T.A.R ticket agencies):
Ticket agencies may sell for some events.
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. Current prices are advised at time of enquiry.
Telephone: 020 7087 7747
Operated by See Tickets on behalf of the venue.
Booking fees per ticket for telephone bookings:
Normally, 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. This policy may vary according to the production hosted, particularly for one-off concert events.
For personal callers or by post:
Argyll Street, London. W1V 1AD
No booking fee for personal callers.
Note too that the advance box office has a separate entrance at the left side of the building - a sign marks the entrance. Just before a performance, tickets are sometimes sold / held for collection at a desk in the foyer - allow time to check if you will be collecting tickets on the night.
Special Access Needs Customers:
Wheelchair users and other registered disabled theatregoers can book their seats and enquire about concessionary prices that may be available to them on 020 7087 7966.
www.lwtheatres.co.uk is the official venue website.
Please remember that cheaper seats often do not offer the same view / location quality as top price ones, and that ticket prices are designed to reflect this difference.
A reader notes that you can see inside the Dress Circle using Google Maps - click here to view.
The Dress Circle overhangs the stalls at row N, the top of the stage is not visible from row S back, and rows V to XX suffer from feeling very enclosed by the low ceiling.
The stalls are split into central and two side blocks by aisles.
The rake (sloped floor to help see over rows in front) is "negative" in rows B to D - they are lower than seats in front. It then rises and becomes noticeable in row F, good enough to allow fine views from many seats.
Boxes overhang outermost side block seats back to row N.
Sadly, secret seat Z1 was removed during the 2014 refurbishment. On the plus sides, the newly renovated seats are very comfy...
Good throughout most of the stalls, best in B and F, then from row H back to T, slightly less in A, C to E and even less in rows U to XX. Space to stretch feet under the seat in front helps, though.
For some odd reason, the monkey noted that A 7 has half an inch less, and that B has more, as does F. It suspects that TV recordings have caused rows to be moved and replaced, leading to the variation in legroom.
Slightly limited in row A 1 to 3 and 23 to 25. About adequate for all up to around 5ft 9 or so in the centre block part of row A, 5ft 4 or so in the outermost 3 seats. Bear in mind that there is no ‘foot stretching space under seats’ ahead of row A seats.
Seats B4, F40, N1 and N16 have extra space for one leg to stretch. A reader notes that V 16 and 35 also have more legroom for those up to 6ft tall.
Row B 1, 2, 3, 31 to 33, C 1, 2, 37, D37, I1, F1 and D 37 have nothing in front and / or more legroom than usual.
Seats C25, I15, I29, K31, L16 to18, N32, P1, P48, Q1, Q16, R49 and S 34 are wider than average.
Row W 29 to 35 seems to curve towards the row in front as it moves towards the sound desk. This leaves 29 a little more cramped than usual.
One reader notes that, "the seat I was sitting in was not lined up with the seat in front - which is a good thing for viewing as you are not directly behind perhaps a large person in front. I don’t normally have that problem being 6’ 2”, but on that occasion it meant that my right knee was literally wedged against the seat in front. As the chap on my right was a similar height I couldn’t move it towards him, so had a very uncomfortable two hours."
Rows A to C are restricted view for most children and shorter adults, as the stage is high and they cannot see the back of it. The box office tries not to sell these seats to young people for that reason, and warns all buyers - a laudable policy which avoids problems, feels the monkey. The prices charged do not always account for this problem, though. A 5 to 21 are the best bargains when cheap, the monkey feels.
At performances where these seats are full price, monkey advice is perhaps to sit further back unless your have a particular liking for front row seating. For shorter visitors, further back is the way to go generally, of course.
The orchestra conductor is in front of central seats in row A / B. Below stage height some purists might wish to know that while conducting the person can be seen from most central seats. Don't sit in row A / B, and avoid central stalls if that kind of thing bothers you particularly. Still, below top price, the centre of row B is a decent bargain for those willing to accept both this and the stage height.
Otherwise, centre block rows back to P offer clear views of the stage. Row J seats 16 to 31 are rated the best seats in the house by Theatremonkey. At top price pick rows J then K - which is slightly higher than J, the monkey notes - or I; then L, M , H, G, N or O, F or P then E depending on whether you are keener on seeing the whole stage, or being generally closer to the action.
Prices normally drop at around row R, making it a bargain – even if you do have to duck to try to see the top of the stage if anything exciting happens there.
Rows U to W are normally again cheaper, with row U another monkey possible under its usual rules of - cheaper than row in front, same view. Again, don’t expect to see anything happening at high level, but worth a try if the Upper Circle is too high and too tight on legroom for you. Probably not one for younger children, though, or anybody who wishes to see the show in its entirety. From here there really may be neat stuff going on that is only going to be heard, not seen. Please bear this in mind when booking any seat from row T back.
From row V, aside from seats around the sound desk, the value is just fair. If legroom is an issue, pay more to take seats in the rest of the rear stalls, even though it’s a bit cramped... otherwise the view from the Upper Circle make sitting there a cheaper option well worth thinking about. Also, have a look at restricted view side block stalls seats.
In general the usual rule of the jungle applies to the stalls. Insist on centre block seats as they are the same price as the sides. You are paying the same money so why settle for an inferior seat.
Side block seats are almost all situated outside the proscenium. Most readers feel that only the last 4 seats in each row should be avoided totally in these blocks, though purists may want to make that 8 to be on the safe side – particularly as far forward as row F.
Those in the front four rows or so of the side blocks may find actors backs blocking the view for a few short sequences of a production, choosing row G back minimises the issue.
When in use row A (and often row B and even row C) seats often have the usual neck-achingly steep look upwards at the stage – this time with added angles to contend with to see over the other side of the vast stage.
Row A 1, 2, 23, 24 and 25 may also have a wall directly in front of them, making them the least desirable. Luckily, if that happens, those five seats are not on sale.
Row B ends also suffer a clip from the speakers too - and those who dislike loud sound might be advised to sit further back.
The good news is that the endmost seats, often up to 4 of them as far back as row F, and two more back to row I are normally discounted – to as low as third (even fourth price). Well, they were... but the Monkey suspects producers have read its favourable comments as some are now less generous.
What is important to know is that ALL restricted view side block seats are NOT for 'first timers' or those worshipping 'front and centre' but the monkey feels that given the problems (missing anything happening high up) of other similarly priced seats in the rear stalls, these two rows are going to give a chance to catch the show's atmosphere and effects in a way not possible elsewhere for the price.
Experienced theatregoers, though, should read on...
Rows E and F restricted view seats have particularly decent views for the prices charged. F is better, and the persons in F4 and 37 will probably feel the smuggest.
That said, other reduced price seats from row D back are also acceptable - further back the better, the monkey feels. It would take B and C last (C 5, 6, 32 and 33 being the first of these last resorts) as they do feel 'corner.'
‘Low number’ side seats are preferable (and have nothing in front in B 1 to 4) and the cheapest of the seats (if the restricted view ones are split into two prices) shade the next price ones for value, slightly, it feels. Do also note that these seats suffer from the high stage though.
Moving back, and into the “clear view” seats, if you can’t get into the centre block then being “just over the aisle” from them isn’t a bad experience. From row H to L, you can go as many as 6 / 8 seats in rows from N to W, off centre and get a very acceptable view.
As in the centre block, go for seats in rows J then K - which is slightly higher than J, the monkey notes - or I; then L, M , H, G, N or O, F or P then E depending on whether you are keener on seeing the whole stage, or being generally closer to the action AND how close to the centre aisle you can get. Always take the seats closest to the aisle, dropping back / going forward a row to do so.
Below top price, take the seats closest to the front and the centre aisles as possible, again following the centre block rule of taking the row just behind the more expensive one in front.
Wheelchairs can replace seats L46, O48, Q48 and S49. The view is poor from all these seats. O 48 is the best of a bad bunch with distance offsetting the poor viewing angle. Transfer is possible to any aisle seat. See notes.
The regularly mentioned high stage.
Overhanging boxes and supporting pillars won't enhance enjoyment of those in N1 much...and in N47 may be a minor irritant too. Not blocking a view, just a heavy presence by the seat.
A reader notes that those in row O on the "low numbers" side, "is directly opposite to the entrance to the Men’s toilets. If someone goes to the loo during the performance, you can hear the sound of the hot air hand driers!"
Row W22 to 28 is in front of, and rows X and XX are beside, the sound desk. This is annoying, so choose W 16 to 20 and 30 to 35, and X and XX 1 to 5 and X 15 to 20 and XX 8 to 11 to avoid the worst of the problem. These seats offer very fair value and Theatremonkey prefers them to the Upper Circle on grounds of legroom, though accepts they are a tad more expensive. Do remember that the desk will really block views for those directly next to it.
Will appear here when the theatre has a long-running production.
"Front Row, centre section: ”'Sister Act” (Rebecca, 4ft 11) several times from the front row (centre section). Leg room is acceptable, and maybe slightly above normal from my experience. The stage is very close so occasionally footwork from those at the back is cut off, but with 'Sister Act' that's not important. This is my favourite seat in the theatre, but does require some slouching and neck bending, especially in the opening of the show where the actors spend some time above the stage. Recommended from me."
"Row A: "A Chorus Line" (2013). Stage not too high and we are 163cm tall."
"A1: “Sister Act”, (Mark). Seeing as though all the front row are top price for Whoopi Goldberg's run (August 2010) except A1, 2, 24 and 25, I felt that my seat was a STEAL at £25. I went in on the off chance they had a single cheap upper circle seat left and got offered this seat when I asked for the absolute cheapest single seat. I was extremely impressed with it, especially as I was SO close to Whoopi when she came out. Excellent value."
"A7: The front row is the way to see this show!"
"A7 and A8 (discounted day seats): “The Wizard of Oz”. I’d say they remains the pick of the day seats, being just off centre (no conductor’s head in the way) and on an aisle (enabling a longer legged person like me to stretch out). The yellow brick road is barely visible from so close to the front, but in this production isn’t as integral to the plot as you’d perhaps guess. So the front row seats would have a big vivid green hue in my opinion but for one flaw. The orchestra is more visible from these seats than previously (certainly much more visible than for 'Sister Act') and there was much rolling of eyes, face-pulling and yawning from some of them during the more saccharine scenes - not what I’d exactly call professional."
"A8: “The Sound of Music” (2006), (Angela Xu). I noticed some comments on the site about the front row seats being too close to the stage and hence problematic for shorter adults- would like to say that there is really no real issue- I am 5'2 and enjoyed the show thoroughly. There were a couple of kids sitting in the same row and I didn't notice them sitting on bolster seats or craning their necks at all! for 20 pounds the day seats are amazingly good value for money!"
“A8, A9, A10: "The Sound Of Music" (2006). Cheap as 'day seats’. These were fabulous viewing - the view was fine, can't see the people's feet but not that you would want to!!!"
"A12: Got to the box office at 4pm and my friends and I got 5 seats centre front row. For £25 it was just perfect! The stage isn't overly high and I could see pretty much everything. Because I couldn't see the stage floor the set was so magical because it just appeared, I had no idea where it was coming from which made it spectacular!!! Definitely recommend sitting here for this show"
"A14: “Sister Act”. Got a day seat for £25 - this seat for the price is a BARGAIN at 6ft 5 there was more than enough leg room to sit comfortably and could see virtually 99% of all the stage action! and speaking to a woman next to me who was 5ft6 she said her view was fantastic too!"
“A14: (Kirsty). Fantastic
"A16 and 17: (Elaine). I was lucky enough to get A16 and 17, which is slightly off centre (so the conductor was not in our way) but not too far to the side for much action to be obstructed by actors' backs."
"A23 and 24: “Sister Act”, (Kirsty). It was brilliant being sat so close, as I got to look more closely at facial expressions and costume detail. Good value for money but, being right at the side, you do miss some of the action on the far left of the stage and right at the back as the stage is very high."
"Row B: "The King and I" (July 2018). We sat in Row B centre - great view."
“Row B: "The Wizard of Oz" (February 2012). I was able to purchase row B for £25 last month. I had a very good view of the stage and close-ups on all the actors' faces. I only really seemed to miss seeing the yellow brick road, and I had to turn around in my seat to see The Wicked Witch hanging from the ceiling."
"Row B: Second row stalls bookable for £25 in advance. Very little is missed and worth considering as a cheaper option as row behind is top price! I could just see feet although I am very tall."
"B12: "The Wizard Of Oz" (February 2011), (Paul). For £25. Great price as I’m not too bothered about ruby slippers or yellow brick roads (you do, however see glimpses of both from here!). A little too close to take everything in, but giving an excellent way to see it for those on a budget (or who like to go to the theatre more often than they should..!) and to see costumes and facial expressions close up."
"B 14 and 15: "The Wizard Of Oz" (February 2011), (Luke). I paid £25 each. After reading the reviews from the Monkey (before the stage was adjusted - editor), I had doubts about these seats, but was pleasantly surprised, I didn't have a single problem with these seats. I was able to see everything, including the yellow brick road, Toto, and the ruby slippers. If you need to see this show and are on a budget, row B is definitely the way to go, better to be second row stalls rather than the back of the upper circle - you feel so engaged in the show. I would not take row A though; the woman in front of me was unable to see some things and jumped up a few times (mildly annoying). Also, from these seats, the conductor isn't a main problem, so for brilliant seats at a cheap price go for row B :)"
“B15 and 16: “The Wizard of Oz,” (Chris B). I got these tickets because they are vastly reduced at just £20 and classed as not suitable for children, so I thought win win. But it turns out whilst they are the second row back and the stage is quite high, you can still see pretty much everything on the stage. And you don’t have to be tall as I’m only 5’8”. However, a big but is that they are directly behind the conductor and so we were head bobbing the whole time left and right to see around which got very tiresome. I would strongly recommend against these seats."
“B22 and 23: “The Wizard of Oz,” (Chris B). These seats are only second row back and whilst the stage is quite high, being slightly to the left really helps and you can see the stage easily, including little Toto. You are far enough to the side to not be distracted by the conductor either. We didn’t have anyone sat in front which is a bonus. The huge discount for these seats makes them very easy to recommend and I don’t think you miss anything from the show either. Will be sitting in these seats again. But as has been stated, do avoid these seats if you have children as they won’t be able to see.”
"B 24 and 25: "I Can't Sing" (April 2014), (Kate Neaves). Excellent view. I am only 5 foot 1 and view was superb, could see everything. Only bad row looked to be A If you are very short. We paid £25 for our tickets, and at that price you can't complain."
"C3 and 4: "A Chorus Line," (March 2013). Managed to get these seats on a 'day seat' rate a few hours before the show. The action is all obviously to the side and I would say you can't see about 25% of the stage nearest you in the corner. Also as the seats are quite low you can't see the 'white line' or the feet. Due to the closeness and angle the mirror effect didn't really work too well as we were too low to see the reflection. After all that though, it was great to be so close and feel really immersed in the action - you could sometimes hear their actual singing over the speakers (which are directly in front of you). I am 6'4" and was able to stretch my legs out at an angle into the aisle. Also, whenever anyone goes into the toilet at the back of the theatre, the light from the lobby area manages to shine on the wood panelling in front of you, making it feel like someone is nearby with a torch."
"C13 and 14:”Sister Act”. An excellent seat in an excellent show!"
"C13 and 14:”Sister Act”. Being 6'5" I had no problems with the height of the stage, and my considerably shorter wife found looking up at the stage helpful as it meant the people in front did not block her view - she was really happy with where we were sat. These are good seats if you do not mind not always seeing the actors feet, legroom is OK (It's never going to be better than that!) and being on the aisle was great. If you have children with you, I would recommend going further back or to the circle where the rake is steeper."
“C24 and 25: "Sinatra”, (Val). ”Booked at top price. My companion felt unwell having to look up at the stage. we couldn't see the dancers feet. At the interval we told the manager and he upgraded us to stalls row J 14 / 15 where we could see everything."
“C25 and 26: “A Chorus Line,” (Chris B). These seats are to the left in the middle section on the third row in the stalls and offer a wonderful up close view of the stage, but aren't too close to not be able to see everything. The stage is much lower than previous recent productions here so the view is not obscured unless you are very lucky to get a rather tall person in front. The legroom is sufficient for us (5'8") but may be a squeeze for longer legs.”
"C26 and 27: “The Wizard of Oz” (April 2011), (Sarah Louise). I knew from reviews across the web that we would have problems with the view regarding the Yellow Brick Road and Ruby slippers, but I was not prepared to not see ANY of it at all!! Not only did we not see the road or slippers, we did not see the house falling on the witch or her apparent legs sticking out from under it ! The stage is sooooooooo high, I honestly think these seats should be bottom price." .
“Row D: Close enough to see the facial expressions but sitting 2 rows back would have been better as, the stage is high so it blocks the view a bit and you can't see the dancers feet when they are towards the back of the stage".
"D3 and 4 (restricted view zone when the stage was higher) "The Wizard of Oz", (David and Katie). My wife, 5' 6" and I, 6' 7" like being close to the front. We were advised this was a side view with partial loss of sight lines to the right but didn't mind - we're seeing the show again anyway.
However, as soon as the lights went down and the curtain went up it became apparent there is a much bigger problem for all stalls Row B, C, D, E and F, probably G and H too. The stage is sooo high that all the actors were cut off at the knee. Apparently the show features a yellow brick road, sparkling ruby slippers and I've heard there is a dog at the end of the taught lead! We saw none of it. And that honestly includes me at 6' 7", I couldn't see ANYTHING! I had to raise myself out of my seat to glimpse the feet of the wicked witch of the east sticking out from under the house.
Remember, we paid preview prices of £45 each last night and the seats we were proposing to buy for my mother's 80th would have been £62.50 each all be it more central in the same row.
Needless to say we ended up buying Royal Circle for June. We popped up there during the interval and can assure readers it's a different show altogether from that perspective.
These front stalls seats are really not worth more than £20 a ticket. The whole evening is spoiled by the severely limited view. DO NOT BE TEMPTED TO TAKE FRONT STALLS."
"D 13 to 15: "Sister Act," (Paul). A fabulous view from these seats, but would not recommend it for children due to the flat rake and high stage. This was demonstrated by the Americans behind who spent ten minutes after they sat down pacifying their child who couldn't see, even with a booster. Legroom adequate but no better."
"D18 and 19: "Cats" (December 2014). I saw these come up and decided to go for it - was worried they'd be too close but given we really wanted to see Nicole Scherzinger in it and that it's mostly sold out now I grabbed them. I was worried the stage would be too high and we'd struggle to see, and that was compounded when we walked in and I saw they've removed both row A and row B making C the front row, and our seats therefore second row. There's no rake for several rows, but we were lucky enough to have two small ladies in front of us, and with my partner and I being 6ft, our eyes were perfectly level with the stage - allowing us to see every bit of footwork even at the back of the stage. The stage seems to slope upwards slightly from front to back, so that helped as well. If you were shorter then I suspect it'd be a struggle to see quite as much, but we were fine, and I was absolutely delighted with the seats, probably some of the best I've ever had. Being precisely dead centre was great too! Plus, with the costumes and make up being so impressive for this show, it was brilliant to be able to see every detail up close. So I'd definitely recommend them."
"D19: "The Wizard Of Oz" (after the stage was altered, in January 2012), I got my ticket for £35 through the Get Into London Theatre ticket promotion. I'm 6ft tall and thought I might have trouble with the seat at first glance but when I sat down there was about an inch between my knees and the seat in front which I was able to tuck my legs under throughout the show. This made the seat of average comfort. The seats in row D are not staggered with those in row C and so the head of the person in front is directly in the way (person in front of me was about 5ft 8 inches). There is also very little rake in the first four rows. I did miss the feet of the actors when they were near the back of the stage and developed a slight neck ache from looking up but I felt these were bearable at the ticket price."
"D28 and 29: “Sister Act, (Rebecca). The view from there was generally good, but suffered some from the lack of rake in the front section of the stalls. As I am only 4'11 and unfortunately had tall people in front of me, I had to require a child booster cushion to get a good view."
“Row E: “Sinatra”. We did enjoy the show but even row E was far too close. We couldn't see the dancers feet and had to crane our necks when the movable screens were high. I would recommend anyone to sit dress circle or mid to rear stalls rather than what is normally regarded as the best seats in near to front stalls. (That isn't generally an issue for other musicals, but the monkey felt it advice some may find helpful, especially for sequences taking place on raised areas of the stage).”
"E37 and 38: "Cats" (December 2014).The view is abysmal and not even worth £10 let alone £25. I would say all the so called "day seats" offer views of barely 60% of the stage and miss many vital parts of the show."
"F 1 and 2: "Cats" (October 2015). The view was poor. I would rather pay more than be frustrated at a wasted early morning buying these as "day seats."
"F8, 9 and 10: "The Wizard Of Oz" (February 2011). I always like to buy front stalls seats to be near the action, this time it backfired. I ought to point out that although I'm short at 5ft 4, my husband, who is 5ft 11 was with me, and he couldn't see the stage floor either. There were 2 little children (aged about 5 or 6) in row E in front of me who I felt really sorry for, because they obviously couldn't see very well at all.
The stage is so high that we couldn't see the yellow brick road, the actors' feet, (which is pretty crucial with the red slippers), the Wicked Witch of the West in one scene and most of Toto because he was so small. It REALLY spoiled the performance. Very disappointing."
"F10 and 11: “The Wizard of Oz”, (Mutti, on behalf of her daughter). When I bought the tickets back in May 2010, no mention was made of them being restricted view. So I was really cross to learn from my daughter how disappointing it was for them not to be able to see the Ruby Slippers, Toto or the Yellow Brick Road lighting up, from their seats. They only knew about the latter from hearing comments from other members of the audience sitting further back. (Thinking about it, the monkey recalled the road raising as it lit, but on the other two issues it thought they can only be solved by making Toto a Great Dane and giving Dorothy platform Ruby Slippers, it guesses).”
"F12 and F13: “The Wizard of Oz”. We were very impressed with our allocation as we were given F12 and F13 (F13 being an aisle seat so I could even stretch out a bit!). I (being 5’11) thought the view was great from this location and was very happy with this price paid. However, as others have said, shorter people and kids will struggle to see the shoes at times and I found it difficult to make out the witch’s legs sticking out from under the house. These are really minor issues I found though as being that close to the stage was great! One thing I noticed though, the conductor (situated centre-stage, standing in the pit) must block the view of those sitting in the rows immediately behind him (perhaps as far back as D or E?)."
"F19: Excellent seat not too close to the stage but close enough to see facial expressions. Also great leg room."
"F 22 to 25: “The Wizard of Oz” (Avril ). Had a great view with plenty of legroom. Wouldn’t want to be any further forward though, or the stage is obscured."
"F 39 and 40: "Cats" (December 2014). Day seats at £25 each. These are end seats, fourth row from the front for this show. Seats offer side view but are close enough to see the singers' facial expressions. Note that these seats are directly underneath the loud speakers. The music volume could be loud at times. I missed about 10 minutes of the show, where the actions happen deep into the back of the stage. I saw 90% of the show for a fraction of the price."
"Row G: “The Wizard of Oz” (day rate seat): Although this is far right I don't feel I missed too much, only a couple of times at the most was a cast member hidden from view, by the side of the stage or the loudspeaker. The stage is very high, I was able to see Toto fine, and the majority of the time I was able to see at least part of the ruby slippers.
"Row G: (Mila). Our seats (thanks to Theatremonkey and dogged persistence at the box office) were excellent, a perfect view."
"G11 to 13: (Yvonne Coombes). Myself, my husband and daughter (4 and a half) sat in these seats and they were fantastic. Great views throughout and close enough to really see the expressions on the faces of the cast members. We got a booster cushion for my daughter. I would recommend these seats and those immediately round them to anyone."
"G 16, 17 and 18: "Cats" (November 2015). The seats were great! They were 5 rows back from the front, and just a little off to the right from centre of the stage. Enough leg room, although I am 5' 5, so a taller person could struggle a little with knees touching the seat in front. My eyes were level with the stage floor, so a little incline of the head required, but no hardship really. Close enough to the actors to see their faces very clearly, and a great view of the entire stage. The row behind was the start of premium stalls prices, so these seats were a bargain at second price stalls."
"G20 and 21: "Sister Act" (June 2009) (Rupi). Fantastic seats! Close to the action whilst still being able to see the whole stage."
"G21 to 23: (K Favelle). We really enjoyed the show from these seats as we felt close enough to the stage to really be able to see the actors' expressions clearly but not so close that we had to strain our necks back or lose a wider view of the whole stage. Legroom felt fine (though none of us was taller than 5 foot 6 inches) though I suspect it would have been tight for my very tall husband had he been with us."
In the same seats at, reader Oliver Dickinson says at his visit in February 2012,
"G22 and 23: "Wizard of Oz" (after the stage was lowered in May 2011), (Oliver Dickinson). Perfect seats! We saw everything; ruby slippers, yellow brick road and Toto!"
"G24 and 25: ("A Chorus Line") (February 2013). I arrived intending to buy day seats in the front row, but was told that as a student I could get better seats at the same price. I was given stalls G24 and 25 for a total of £37. A ridiculous bargain for a fantastic view of the whole stage - it would be worth it paying full price for the view. You can see the dancing head to toe as well as all facial expressions. Tall person in front didn't obstruct because of a decent rake."
“G25 to 28: (Georgie Harris). Seats were perfect.”
“G26 to 28: (Mandi). "Myself, my mum and my 6 year old son had seats Stalls G26-28. These seats were great as we had a perfect view of the stage"
"G33 and 34: "Scrooge The Musical" (December 2012). We paid £35 per ticket through the GILT offer. At 6' tall I had decent legroom. We had a great view of the stage for the most part (sometimes the heads in front got in the way but that was probably because they were tall people) and I had a slight neckache from having to turn my head to my right slightly because the stage is rather wide and we were sat off to the side. Still, very good seats."
"Row H: "Sister Act" (June 2009). Was great for the view if a little tight in the leg space."
"H11: "Sister Act" (May 2009). Secured this ticket for £35 on an offer. Legroom was decent, and the view was very clear – however bear in mind that the Palladium has a very wide stage in comparison to other London theatres – so if you’re paying full price, then the middle section of the stalls is definitely preferable."
"H24 and 25: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (July 2021). The rake of the stage means that for average height people, this row is not too close and all of the stage floor can be seen. Distance to the stage was very good, with all of the action visible without much side-to-side scanning needed. Some of the raised action needed looking up slightly, but this was far from being a problem."
"H 26, 27, 28 and 29: "Cats" (December 2015) (Paul Nicholls). Sadly, these were not great seats. Too close to the stage, no rake to speak of and directly behind the seats in the row in front. My youngest (7) had to use two booster seats to see over the person in front and this had the knock on effect of making life difficult for the person behind. For a big show with a big set, I think you need to be much further back in the stalls to get a better overall view."
“H40-H42: (Julie). Myself and 2 children were these seats. While we enjoyed a lot of the show, our view was very restricted - apart from H40, we could not see the rear of the stage at all, and missed some of the plot. Very disappointing".
“Row I: “The Wizard of Oz” (?after the stage was lowered). I was in row I and there is a very obvious slope of the stage allowing sight of feet etc, not sure if that is any different from before but we had seats from row C back to J and no one made any comment about not being able to see feet etc. Everyone loved the show."
"Row I: "The King and I" (July 2018), (John Vigar). Sat in row I, perfect sightlines. Comfortable seats."
“Row I: If I were to guess and from my recollections of sitting there for Chitty I would say that the best seats for me for this show (The Wizard of Oz) would be the first few rows in centre block of the Dress Circle. Although further back than our row I you will see everything really well. However, I don’t know the pricing up there so maybe these are now “premium? (mostly, editor).
Also, even from row I you sure can feel the heat off the flares and even off those bright stage lights on the side of the stage that they blind you with (I’m sure they’ll have a technical name)! ALW’s team must have got a taste for the flares at “Over The Rainbow”. We managed to get tickets to one of the early rounds and Graham Norton warned those sitting right in front of the flares they might get a little warm – no kidding!"
"I 1 and 2: "Cats" (December 2014). Day seats. I was offered these, being first in the queue, and they told me it was a "side view" which is fine for me to save some money. But when we got in, we were sat underneath a platform for the set so we couldn't see that when it was used. Also, the platform had thin pillars going down to the stage so it blocked some of the view. Also, due to the platform and the theatre wall jutting out, we had no view of the top right of the stage so we missed a few speeches and songs at the back and of course the iconic moon. I actually asked for a box, because I read on your site that they are day seats too, but he recommended stalls. Since we had a good view of the top left of the stage, I think that if we sat on the other extreme side (I42 and 43) we would have had a perfect view of the top right with the moon etc. I couldn't tell if there was a similar platform on that side. The people in the boxes would have had a more end on view but I think they wouldn't have missed as much of the set? Perhaps my view was the best for seeing the dancing. One good thing about aisle seats though is that the actors come right up to you and interact at a few points and that was really fun! You would also get this on the front row if you wanted to pay top price."
"I 11 to 14: "The Wizard Of Oz" (February 2011) before the stage was lowered. I’ve been to the London Palladium many times - have they raised the stage even more for this show (perhaps that’s why row A has gone)? I’m 5ft 10 and the front edge of the stage was at eye level. As the stage isn’t heavily raked I couldn’t see the stage floor from this position (when flat) so anyone shorter risks losing actors feet (and those red shoes – although my 10 year old on a booster cushion says she could see them so perhaps not)!"
I could see people’s feet, but just literally couldn’t see the stage floor and felt I shouldn’t really be expecting to look up at the cast in quite the way I was in this row – so a comment for the really picky to watch out for perhaps - because otherwise very good position to the stage (at the risk of repeating myself) – I’m certainly not complaining though, we didn’t pay full price as it was...
So, a good position in relation to the stage - so agree with 'fair value' rating for where we were; but for this row in the centre block I would say perhaps should only have a “white” rating and not “green” - same of course for G and H, so perhaps only rows L to O as “green”.
"I16 and 17: "The Wizard Of Oz" (June 2011). The right hand aisle seats in the centre block. The view was excellent, no doubt helped in that nobody was sitting in front of us, and legroom was good. No problem in seeing the yellow brick road, Dorothy’s red shoes or Toto the dog."
"I 21 and 22: "Madame X" (February 2020). We sat / stood in the stalls Row I 21 and 22. Very central, slightly raised and a superb view. It felt much closer to the stage than I was expecting. My somewhat shorter friend was helped by the fact the woman in front really really did not want to be there so sat for pretty much all the show so he had a pretty much unhindered view. However, I feel that the Palladium could do with some money spending on it, bring it back to its full glory, maybe some new seats."
"I 27: “The Wizard of Oz “, (Danni C). Right in the centre. I saw on Theatremonkey’s seating plan that from the front row to row I, some people said they couldn't see Dorothy's red shoes or Toto the dog. In Row I, I could just about see her shoes and I saw the dog perfectly. Any further forward and I wouldn't have seen either. In fact, another person told me that in the third row they could hardly see anything as the stage is VERY high for this production."
“I27 and I28 (Nigel Williams). Approx 8 rows from the stage and one seat in from the aisle. They were superb and as I looked around I honestly couldn't see any seats I'd much rather be sat in."
"I32: "A Chorus Line" (February 2013). Good view."
"I40 and 41: "Cats" (December 2014). It was my misfortune to be 6' 2 with unacceptably little leg room. Intriguingly your seating plan shows the seats to our right (38 & 39) as red and those to our left (42 & 43) as green. It should be the other way round for views of the stage but I accept that at least 42 has leg room. It's the ultimate theatrical conundrum: legroom vs view! My advice would be be to sit as centrally as possible and only go if you are related to a munchkin." Editor's note: seats were in 3 different price bands.
"J1 and J2: (Edward). Afforded very good views of the stage, but we couldn't see the right side and hence missed the whole of the part where the children bid goodnight to the party and ascend the stairs."
"K 25 and 26: "The Wizard Of Oz" (February 2011). I must say these seats where fantastic! None of the stage was obstructed (the Red slippers where visible and the yellow brick road was clearly visible) also with plenty of room. SPOILER ALERT Only problem there is a possibility of jerking your neck when the witch appears from the rafters (but that's all part of the fun of the show.) SPOILER ENDS."
“Row L: "The Wizard of Oz," (March 2011).My group were in rows L, M and N and from row L my sight line just saw the floor of the stage. I am 6'1" so I suspect anyone sitting much closer than that would have increasingly restricted views of some of the action the closer to the stage they are. I would say that our rows were just about perfect for this show."
"Row L 11 and 12: "Cats" (December 2014). You get to best appreciate this show from the stalls because of the audience interaction. From row L you feel very close to the stage and I felt this was about the perfect distance. However, I wouldn’t have wanted to be any closer to the far side, so probably best avoiding being any lower than 9 or 10 to be able to see the entirety of the show. There is a lot of dancing and movement on stage so this is a show where a full view of everything matters. One of the benefits of sitting in the side blocks is usually don't have a problem if someone tall is sat in front as you are not looking directly forward but to your side, in between two heads, meaning you usually get an unrestricted view of the stage."
“L16, 17 and 18: “The Sound of Music” (Caryl). We had perfect viewing seats in the stalls."
“L20 and 21: (Tamara). Perfect for me, centre stage, not too far forward or too far back. Just right to feel part of the action and see the actors’ faces, without having to crane the neck".
"L26, 27, 28: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (July 2021). Good view if you don’t have the tallest person in the theatre in front of you. You are sat directly behind the seat in front and not easy to see between heads. Seat extremely uncomfortable."
"L35 and 36: "Cats" (December 2014). First time ever buying full price top price tickets. Was worth it, great seats with a very clear view. Close enough to see all the expressions but far enough away to fully appreciate the choreography."
"M9 and 10: "The King and I" (July 2018). We got £25 rush todaytix Stalls M9 and 10. Fabulous view at this price, but rightly red for top price. I think it would, probably, be best viewed from the Dress Circle."
"M30 and 31: "I Can't Sing" (March 2014) (Chris). Decent legroom, decent view and (according to Monkeys pricing map) about £20 per seat cheaper than the row in front of me."
“M40 to 46: “Sister Act" (May 2009), (Steph Nicholls). £37 each from the ticket booth in Leicester Square underground. I had a good view from M40, others at the far end (M45/46 coloured red by Theatremonkey) were happy with the view though commented that occasionally the walkway towards the back of the stage was obscured by scenery in front."
"M41: “Sister Act”. If only my lovely relative had seen this site before spending A LOT of money on tickets. This was one of the worst I've ever experienced in a theatre. My own relative was sat in front of me and at 6ft is not extraordinarily tall. I (at 5ft 8) could not see the centre of the stage for any of the show because his head entirely blocked it - which meant missing a great deal. Also, a very strong cold breeze blew at the block from M39 to M45 - we were all putting our scarves back on! Wonder if it came from the exit that was at the back or an air con unit? Such a shame."
"N15: "Wizard Of Oz" (February 2011), (Suh). The Palladium has very few stalls seats without a good view - unless Horse from 'Bonanza' is in front of you. I was very happy in row N, though I always try for row E in any theatre."
"N27: "A Chorus Line" (February 2013). Couldn't see anything happening in the centre of the stage at all because of the head in front."
"O3 and 4: "Eat, Pray, Laugh" (December 2013). Got a very good bargain price, but the view of the left hand side of the stage where most things were happening in the first half was pretty poor. I would be a very grumpy theatre goer if I had paid full price. Also, row O (on the this side of the theatre at any rate) is directly opposite to the entrance to the Men’s toilets. If someone goes to the loo during the performance, you can hear the sound of the hot air hand driers!"
"Rows O to T 28 to 40: "Sister Act" (May 2009), (Gill). No problems mentioned at all regarding the seats, the view was good and audio perfect."
"O 18 and 19: "A Chorus Line" (February 2013). Unfortunately picked the short straw with our seats. Anyone buying the same seats should be made aware that Stalls seats row O18/19 have very bad sight-lines as they are not staggered. I could not see the centre third of the stage, and this obviously affects enjoyment of a chorus LINE show (!) with much happening in the centre of a non-raked stage, and directed straight to the audience - e.g. I could not see some characters' featured scenes at all! The people either side of us were also affected by heads directly in front of them and I guess others in the same row were too."
"P9: “The Wizard of Oz” (April 2011). View good, but sitting below the circle. Above this overhang a ventilation panel is fitted, blowing strong cold air. A number of us both in row P, and in rows immediately behind and in front requested at the interval that the air conditioning was turned down. No action was taken."
"P12 and 13: "A Chorus Line" (February 2013). It’s been mentioned before but to reiterate: we were sat in P12 and 13 and had cold air blowing on us from above for the entire show. We were very uncomfortable."
"P16 to 21 and Q16 to 20: "Sister Act," (Joss). On the aisle. The seats were small but comfy, and there was more legroom than most (but not great if you have long legs). None of our group had cause to complain. The view was great, you could see the whole stage, nothing was missed and the overhang of the balcony above does not obstruct the view of this show at all."
"P32/33: (Tim Powell). Gave a perfectly good view (but I would probably be aggrieved at having to pay the same top price as the front rows if we weren't on a half price discount)."
"P34: "The Wind in the Willows" (June 2017).
A real bargain at £30, however I think this seat is normally more expensive. There was a clear view of the stage and again leg room was very good."
"Q32 and 33: "The Wizard Of Oz". (Took my) 5 year old daughter. Get there early to get a booster seat as you'll definitely need them. Our seats were fine. You have the benefit of being on the end of a row and you are in the centre block and can see all the stage. The only downside was they were a couple of rows too far back to get the full effect."
“Row R: We were seated right in the middle of row R in the stalls and found the view to be very good, apart from at the end where the escapees on the mountain were lost for a few seconds as the mountain turned. Leg room was excellent."
"R2 and 3: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (July 2019). Paid £50 through a theatre club. They were ok. They were to one side and under the overhang of the dress circle but as nothing happened high up in this production this wasn't a problem and only a slight part of the right stage was missing. There isn't much of a rake here so it you did get someone tall in front it may be a problem. I wouldn't of wanted to pay anymore than I did for these seats."
"R7 and 8: “'Sister Act” (May 2009), (James F). The Dress Circle obstructs the view of the top right hand corner of the stage and because of the angle to the stage some of Stage Left, but you don’t miss a single thing! The leg room is OK, but not great, but unless you get a really tall person (or someone wearing a habit that they brought from the merchandise stand), your view should be unobstructed."
"Row S: “'Sister Act” (September 2009), (Mark – regular reader). Good clear view but felt quite distant. The other two times I was in Row A stalls and I honestly don't think there is anywhere better to sit for this show than right at the front."
"S43: "Dick Whittington" (December 2017), (Tonyloco). In the back stalls was fine - for which I paid £39.50 despite the fact that it is showing on this website as £65 – presumably thanks to dynamic pricing."
"Row T: "The Sound Of Music" (2006), (Jackie). Was very good (cheaper for this show) and given the rake we had a very good view – leg room was less desirable though."
"T5: "The Sound of Music" (February 2009). Great seat - when got for £25 for No complaints but would have liked to be maybe a little bit further forward."
"T26 and 27: "The Wizard Of Oz" (April 2011), (Lisa). Limited view - however I could see all the stage and we only missed two very small sections of the show, but this didn't spoil anything for us. I did feel a little bit far away at times, but not too much. Overall thought view was fantastic, especially for the cheaper price.”
" T15 to 18: “The Sound of Music” (2006), (Paul Jones). These were the second tier prices (although the operator discounted them even further... they were excellent value. With a 5 and 7 year old in tow we were not sure how it would go, as they like to be closer to the action, but no grumbles and with the eye glasses in use, albeit sparingly, they did not move much, the kissing scenes being the exception! We got there early to get the booster seats; but the rake is quite good at Row T... The sound was fine where we were and, as someone noted, you cannot see the top of the stage quite - but this does not matter as all scenery is below it a little, so we did not miss anything."
“T33 to 35: "The Sound Of Music" (2006), (Cristopher H). Absolutely wonderful as the rake is very noticeable."
"U29: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (July 2019). Good central seat provided you don’t have a tall person in front of you (or if you are tall yourself). The rake isn’t great and the seats aren’t staggered such that you can look between people. That said, I didn’t have to lean a lot, and it didn’t feel too far away from the stage. The Dress Circle overhang just touches the top of the stage here, so row V would have the very top cut off. Very decent legroom, I thought."
"V1: My knees were wedged in which detracts from enjoyment. It was too far back to see or hear properly for me."
"V16 and V35: I went on a backstage tour yesterday, and took the chance to try out a few seats. The curve of the row means these two have much better legroom than others in the same row – should be good for someone up to about 6'."
"V19: "Dick Whittington" (December 2017). This seat, although at the rear of the stalls, is in the centre block, so it has a good clear view of the stage and plenty of leg room and a bargain for £27.50. There is plenty of leg room and I am 5' 10" tall. The only disadvantage with this seat is that it is not on an aisle, which has its disadvantages in the interval. The seats at the Palladium are well raked and therefore even with a tall person in front of you, the stage is not obscured. At the Palladium, the Dress Circle, overhangs the stalls at about Row L and obviously the further you go back the more of the top of the stage is cut off. However in no way did you miss any of the action which took place higher up on the stage."
"V36: "Sister Act" (May 2009), ( Kirsty). Despite being right at the back, the set design wasn't so big that my view was hampered. I saw the actors, I saw the set and I felt I paid the right value of money for the seat (£41)."
"V49: "Dick Whittington" (December 2017). Got this for £22.50 through “dynamic pricing”... GREAT seat at that price. Not too far back to see faces and no restriction from the overhang. Would definitely sit here again at a low price."
"Row W: "The King and I" (July 2018). It was amazing!! I was worried but actually Row W still felt quite close to the stage. I didn’t feel like we missed anything important staging / design wise. Although if you have the money, I’m sure it’s great to sit nearer the stage. I’ve sat in the dress circle before in the Palladium many times, which is technically a better view, but in back of the stalls I did feel closer to the action and I think I prefer it. Would recommend those seats at (ballot price) £25 to anyone!"
"Row W: "The Wizard Of Oz" (February 2011). I can say that the Palladium is still one of the most uncomfortable seats for leg room that I have ever sat in. Last time I was at the Palladium I was in the Upper Circle, and swore never again, but unfortunately the stall seats are only marginally more comfortable. The end seats have the most leg room because of the way it curves, so as it was pretty empty, we all moved around and got slightly more comfortable seats. If it had been sold out it would have been a nightmare. Some of the set could not be seen from so far back in the stalls. I think the best view would have been the dress circle. It was not a problem though; they were brief things that were not upsetting to miss, although if possible they would have been good to see. (The monkey observes the legroom problem may be even more acute up there, though...).
"X1 and 2: (James). My dad is tall and likes an aisle so he can stretch his legs. They have informed me that the view was brilliant, they couldn't make out facial expressions, but and they didn't suffer from being next to the sound desk."
"XX 8, 9 and 10: "I Can't Sing" (February 2014). For seats right at the back we had a pretty decent view. The overhang would be a problem if you were watching a show which had a lot of high up staging, but the show we saw didn’t. Choosing central seats seems to be the best option in this theatre, even if you are a little way back."
Called the Royal Circle in this theatre
The Upper Circle overhangs the Dress Circle at row C. The top of the stage is not visible from row J back. A reader notes this isn't usually a problem.
The Dress Circle is split into three blocks, centre and two sides by aisles.
New seating has improved things, but in some rows it may well prove a real problem for anyone over 5ft 5 tall who will be seated for more than 30 minutes or so - though a 5ft 8 and a 6 foot person reported no real issue in rows F and G, and H has more too. Row L then K also have far more.
Row A is worst and Theatremonkey would not willingly sit here even if given free tickets (though many readers would!.) B is nearly as bad, C just tolerable for those under 5ft 6.
Inner aisle seats at the ends of rows B, D, F, H, J and L have a little more space for one leg to stretch into, J 19 having nine-tenths of the space in front clear and I19 having 50% free; while seats two seats off the outermost aisles in rows B to D seem to have a tiny bit less.
If below five foot five tall, try any seat in the circle; all others use the stalls when in doubt.
The view from all seats is normally fine, set design issues aside.
Seats in the centre block rows A to C are "premium." Your choice, feels the monkey, who would sit in row F instead. More comfortable and cheaper. If you must go "premium" note that premium stalls are the same price and closer to the Edna herself - also more comfortable for the tall.
Row F particularly offers good views of the stage. Those in the side blocks in these rows also have little to complain of, though choose the centre block first.
Rows G to J offer only moderate value if sold at top price, since it is a long way from the stage for the money, though G and H do have a bit more legroom than other rows.
Rows K and L at top price have the same fault - L has an inch of extra legroom over the row in front.
The opera glasses have gone missing from the backs of seats in the Dress Circle. If anyone else finds this as irritating as the monkey does, contact us!
The first and last six seats in the side blocks from row G back sometimes suffer a bit from bad set design / lighting positions / overhang.
Will appear here when the theatre has a long-running production.
"A23, 24 and 25: "The Wizard of Oz" (February 2011), (Mila). Right in the middle, amazing! To see this show, the Royal Circle is absolutely the best place to sit. People have mentioned the bad view from the stalls - well, from the Royal Circle you can see everything, definitely sit in the Royal Circle."
"B20 and B21: “The Sound of Music”, (James – regular reader). For the view, best seats in the house!"
"B 21 and 22: “The Wizard of Oz”. We could see everything; I think they're some of the best seats I've ever had. The circle is well raked from row A so the people in front of us were not in the way at all, and the wall of the circle is low enough that row A doesn't have to lean forward and therefore does not obscure anyone else's view.
The stage is incredibly high, so we could see how easy it would be for people in the stalls not to be able to see what's going on. A lot of the action takes place quite far back on the stage so I would imagine that quite a lot would get missed. However the Royal Circle is a perfect place to sit. The stage doesn't seem far away at all and as we were in seats 21 and 22 we were dead centre and had an amazing view."
"B27 and 28: "The Sound of Music," (James from Finchley). The view was excellent. Having previously sat in row I of the Stalls, I much preferred the Dress Circle as I could see the whole stage without moving my head from side to side. The absence of any safety rail at the front also contributes towards a great view. Having read various comments and seen the whole section “in red” I was very concerned that I might be very uncomfortable. However, I am 5’7” and found I had plenty of legroom – I’ve sat in theatres that are far worse. (The monkey has since relented and revised things to a "white" average rating, taking into account view... It still warns all concerned that there isn't the legroom expected for the price, though).”
"B28 and B29: "Cats" (December 2014). The view from here is amazing, and you could take in the full spectacle when all the cats were dancing together on the stage. B29 is on the aisle so you can put your bags / stretch out one leg here. I was in B28 and my knees were a couple of inches away from the seat in front (I'm 5 foot 10) so it wasn't as cramped as I had feared. Also worth noting is that, as another reviewer said, "although row A does not need to lean forward there is a good chance that unfortunately some of them will." The people sitting on the front row a few seats to the right in front of us were constantly leaning forward, and it must have been annoying for those sitting behind."
“B37, 38 and 39: Very little legroom between the rows of seats."
“Row C: Super unrestricted view but as has been said so many times about The Palladium 'don't go in the Royal Circle if you have long legs'. I'm 6' 2" and not only was there a mountain on stage I had one sitting next to me. About 20 stone covered in a pink pullover. His legs were so fat he couldn't put them together so mine were wedged against the seat in front and with the elevation of the circle it meant the sharp edge of the top of the seat was wedged against the bone just below my knee. It is still painful to the touch now 2 days later."
“C15 to C29: "Sister Act", (James – regular reader). Everyone said they had a great view and the sound is excellent here too."
"C28 and C29: "Sinatra" (September 2015). Excellent view of the stage. Not a great deal of leg room but that's something you get used to in most theatres so no gripes from us."
"C30, C31 and C32: "I Can't Sing" (March 2014). Paid £55 for each seat. Nothing very much to say about these seats to be honest! The view was excellent, sound was fine and we had no problems with the legroom."
“C31 and 32: (K Fried). Very good and the view was perfect. Leg room is cramped, but not dire. Just check your bags and coat and unless you've got unusually long legs, you'll do just fine."
"C31 to 37: “Sister Act”, (James – regular reader). The view is great from most seats here although you are getting a little side on as you get to the higher numbers. Sound is no problem from here. We got the tickets for a special offer price of £19.50 which was an absolute bargain!"
“Row D: “Sinatra” (February 2006). Could see everything”
"D 1 to 5: "Snow White" (December 2018). Fabulous seats. Plenty of leg room, great sightlines and an acceptable price."
"D 8 to 15: "Sister Act" (June 2009), (Hannah). The view from these seats was great, with a steep rake and pretty good leg room. We only paid £20 for the tickets, as we got them through a friend, so I don’t know if I would pay the usual £62.50 for them. But if you have money to burn, they do offer a good view."
“D16-19: “The Sound of Music” (Tim Powell). a little tight leg-room wise but the view was excellent and at least, being the tallest, I had an aisle seat to stick my leg down!”
"D 38 to 40: "The Wizard Of Oz" (February 2011), (Graham). Although I thought they might be a little bit too far over to the left hand side, were actually really good seats with an excellent view. Legroom was fairly tight for me, being 6', but I managed to wedge myself in without too much knee ache throughout the evening. I've sat, and prefer to sit, in the Circle here because I think it offers the best view of the stage."
"E8: "Cats" (October 2015). E8 I was really happy with this seat as I originally booked to sit in the upper circle, but was moved down to the dress circle it was a quiet performance and they closed the upper circle! I really enjoyed the show from here – I could see all of the cast and the set but felt a lot closer to the stage than I normally do in the upper circle."
“E20 to 24: Must have been the best seats in the house perfect view at all times"
“E20 and E21: "Sister Act" (May 2009). Great view and the sound is good from here too."
"E23 and 24: "I Can't Sing" (April 2014). Excellent seats with a great view."
"E 33 and 34: "The Wizard Of Oz" (February 2011), (Claire and Daniel). Fantastic seats. They cost me £62.50 per ticket but were well worth the price. I'd read up before on Theatremonkey about the best places to sit, and to me the Royal (Dress) Circle was the best bet. Previous reviews had mentioned people sitting in the Stalls or Upper Circle missed various parts of the show, but you saw everything from our seats. Leg room though is very tight so that's why I opted for two side seats - so me and my brother could swap over to stretch our legs in the aisle. Try to get seats in the Royal (Dress) Circle - you will not be disappointed."
"F10 and F11: Legroom was not as bad as I thought it would be (I am 5ft 11). There was no one in F9 which meant we had some extra space which also made the difference."
"F10 and F11: "Sister Act" (May 2009). Sightlines were perfect, we saw everything and felt very close to the action. Legroom was not as bad as I thought it would be (I am 5 ft 11). There was no one in F9 which meant we had some extra space which also made the difference. (It would, notes the monkey... hope for the same luck if you sit there and are taller...).
"F20: "The Sound Of Music" (2007). It was a fantastic view. It didn’t seem distant which it can do from the 6th row of some Dress Circles. A very clear view and excellent sound."
"F21: "A Chorus Line" (February 2013). Upgraded, so got a £65 seat for £19.50. What a bargain ! Fabulous! View - very nearly central and gave an amazing overview of the stage and that final magnificent dance. Legroom was OK. Had empty seat next to me so could stretch out therefore not sure about legroom when full."
“F24 to 27: Almost centre stage so good view of all the action and adequate leg room."
"F27: "A Chorus Line" (February 2013). I actually had no issues with legroom (being 6 foot) in this seat. Plenty of clearance for my knees and I never felt uncomfortable. The views were truly spectacular, especially as this is a dance musical you may want an overview of the stage. Completely central too, perfect seats I think."
"F48: "The Wizard Of Oz" (February 2011). I would have liked to have been more central (late booking) but nothing was missed on the stage, I probably wouldn't want to be any further back though. Leg Room was tight and it was warm up there. The stage is quite high so I would advise readers to sit from Row E in the stalls back and the Royal Circle Row A to F to be able to take all the scenery in."
“Row G: (LIF). Fine view, but were expensive through the agency we bought them from.”
"G23 and 24: (James – regular reader). Even seven rows back here, the view was still great although I did get discounted tickets. Perhaps at full price it is a little too far away."
"G27: "Eat, Laugh, Pray" (December 2013). Superb seat. Dead central and perfectly clear view of stage. I think all of the seats in the Royal circle would be fine but seats in the rear two or three rows would probably be a bit high and far from the stage at full price."
"H25 to 28: There seemed to be plenty of leg-room even for my husband who is 6 feet tall - however the bloke behind me seemed to find it hard not to keep kicking my seat especially during Do-Re-Mi which rather had me on edge for that number - a few choice stares seemed to make him realise he wasn't at home on the sofa able to lounge about regardless."
"I 16 and 17: "Cats" (December 2015). Despite being quite far back I have to say we did not feel distant from the stage at all and thought that it was quite an intimate atmosphere. Legroom was limited though. Neither I nor my partner are particularly tall and we both struggled with the legroom."
"I43: "A Chorus Line," (March 2013). View perfect (almost being just off centre but you don't miss anything on stage), the rake is good no head in front and the legroom was good too. Definitely go for circle seats for this one, the dance numbers are spectacular viewed from here, and so is the stunning lighting which makes the black bare stage look great. The use of the mirrors is also visually good from here."
"I48 and 49: Unfortunately, the view of the stage and a small amount of the action was slightly obscured due to the angle, and it must have been worse for people in seats 50+"
Though this isn't always, monkey advice is still be careful in the back rows at the ends of this wide Circle.
“Row J: I did feel a little distant from the stage and think the Upper Circle rows C to G (in the centre block of course) may well give a similar view, and £20 saving on top price."
"K10 and 11: "The Wizard Of Oz" (March 2011), (James – regular reader). A little far away at full price, but no problems with the sound or the sightlines from here."
"K12: "Scrooge" (October 2012). Had a perfect view with no obstruction from the overhang, despite the fact that the theatre monkey in his wonderful book marks K row in red.* The sound was very good up there as well and for £18 it was a terrific bargain. (*That is in the book, which is a general guide, and didn't apply for "Scrooge" as the price was far lower. Editor)."
Boxes B, C, BB and CC are at the sides of the theatre just below Dress Circle level. Boxes E, F, FF and EE are above them nearer Upper Circle level.
Acceptable as all seats use movable chairs.
All boxes usually offer a fair, sideways view of the stage with only a minimal portion of the edges not visible.
Sold at third price they offer average value for money and decent legroom at higher than stalls level.
At top price, they are tending towards expensive. Choose front stalls for the same price first.
That said, all boxes often provide a view of 'effects' not available elsewhere at the price, and might be 'fair value' at a cheaper price - or as 'day seats' for those willing to accept noise and sightline restrictions.
Sharing your box with loudspeakers – noisy; or lighting – blocks views and hot.
Everybody cranes to see who is sitting in the “Royal” box..
Will appear here when the theatre has a long-running production.
"Boxes: I was quite impressed by the view even though you can't see the right hand side of the stage."
“Box BB: “The Sound of Music”. Avoid for this show. Totally restricted view. We were in Box CC which was just okay (slightly restricted view), but the people next to us in BB had to be moved half way through - couldn't see a thing thanks to large speakers in the way!!"
"Box CC: ("A Chorus Line") (March 2013). You lose a bit on the left, and for this production we always had one or two people missing off the left of the line, but very comfortable and plenty of room."
The Upper Circle overhangs the Dress Circle at row C. It is high above the ground but is does not feel particularly distant from the stage or vertigo inducing.
It is split into three blocks, centre and two sides by aisles.
Bars run across the front of the circle and rails end each row.
Dire in most seats.
Row A is especially bad, too awful to make it, even at restricted view price, value for money.
A quirk of architecture though means row K 19 to 36 gets a little more than the rest, and a reader noted side block L is also more generous.
Rows A and B look through safety rails. If you are short, and prefer being closer to the stage than row L (which is normally the same price), take B over A. If REALLY short, you may cope with row A’s legroom... and avoid having anybody leaning forward in front of you.
For the leaning reason (and vestiges of rails), the monkey may not take rows C and D too.
The views from rows E to M is fairly clear in both centre and side blocks.
It is worth avoiding the first and last six seats in all rows since the viewing angle is not great due to the curve of the circle and intrusion of the boxes.
At the fifth price pick row E first, then D, F, G, H. Choose centre over side blocks for the usual reason of if all blocks are the same price, centre is best value, no? Also, check rear stalls / restricted view stalls prices. You may find them the same or be willing to pay a little more for rear stalls / restricted view legroom, comfort worth the extra bananas.
Rows L and M seem very high above the stage and isolated due to an intruding wall at the back of the circle. The view is OK but the position does induce vertigo in some non-treetop dwellers. On the other hand, if a mere £20 they are well worth a thought.
No recommendation, but if price is all and the best of a bad situation must be made, pick these. At second lowest or lowest price, little is lost.
That thick metal bar runs across the front of the circle. Row A and B are designated restricted view because of it. Row A suffers most, the bar being directly in your eye line.
Rows B to D suffer bar intrusion to the extent of being a mild annoyance neatly bisecting the actors at the waist.
Metal posts at the ends of all rows do not intrude into views.
Will appear here when the theatre has a long-running production.
"A14 to 17: "The Wizard Of Oz" (February 2011), (Katie). Although we had to jiggle a bit to see stage left, the view was fine. The leg room, however, was appalling; no-one over 5ft 5 need apply!"
A30 and 31: (Jess). "My Grannie and I, both 5ft 7, and also my parents (who are both 6ft), sat here d in the central block of seats in the upper circle. Thanks to theatremonkey, we had already been warned of the lack of legroom and the metal rail running horizontally across the front of the upper circle, but we didn't find either of these a problem.
However right in front of seat 31 there was a shorter vertical metal bar supporting the rail which was awkward as you had to try and look around it. I think these metal bars were in front of all the odd numbered seats in the front row of the central block of the stalls. Overall, very good seats for the price, although should be avoided by tall people who need legroom, and also shorter children may find it hard to see."
"A34: (Teresa Gustafsson). They warned us about the safety rail but for me (5.4), that wasn’t a problem at all, I think it all depends on how you sit. We had a perfect, clear view and the sound was great!"
"C10 and 11: "The Sound Of Music" (2006). Yes there is a metal rail which cuts the actors in half, but this is always there. The main grievance is that even from seat 10 you could not see Stage Left (right hand side of stage as they looked - editor). If C10 / 11 had problems then the poor souls who sat in seat numbers 1 to 9 would have been far worse. If you go to a theatre and have seat numbers 1-4, you expect some lack of visibility down one side, but from Seat 10? Additionally the audience in Row A when the action was at the front of the stage had to lean forward, which meant that the rows behind also had to lean forwards as well, a concertina effect.
In the second act, the person sat in C12 who is a bigger lad had no room to sit, with knees which wouldn't fit into the space provided and ended up standing at the back. This unfortunate situation at least meant the person in C10 could move across one seat which was a slightly better view. (The monkey notes both the view and poor manners of the "leaning" people...).
"D10 and 11: (James F). The seats offer a full view of the stage as the railings appear just below the stage. If I were to sit here again I would chose the centre block in rows D to F only!"
"D10: "A Chorus Line" (February 2013), (David Hurrell). I was assured by the Box office that, even at 5'6'', I would have a clear view of the stage... Not true! The awkward curve of the Upper Circle clips the stage severely until well into the row. If I were to sit in the Upper Circle again I would sit only in the centre block (to be safe) and avoid the first 4 or 5 rows because of the difficulties with the rail and those leaning forward ( well documented in the Theatremonkey seating advice). Having said that, there are seats being sold at £39.50 that will encounter all of these problems - as reprehensible as false statements at the box-office!"
“Row E: (Stephen).I mentioned that sitting in the middle of row E of the Upper Circle may be just as good as the middle of row J in the Dress Circle which was where I was seated last time. At £20 cheaper it is tempting and may just be worth it - but don't go further back than row F, and certainly don't bother with rows A to D unless at a last resort.
Row E in the Upper Circle is quite a good view. You are able to avoid the leaners in row A and those in row B who are trying to look over the top of the leaners. You are aware of the metal bar at the front of the Upper Circle, but it appears in your eyeline at the front of the stage and is just out of the way. However, the leg room is dire, worse than the Dress Circle and I am only 5ft 8."
“E 25, 26 and 27: “Pantoland” (December 2021). Oh dear god the legroom!! Not much other comment really but I'll try ... When you (finally) arrive at the top of the stairs up to the circle the steps going down to the seats are quite steep and not great if you’re a vertigo sufferer. You are very high up but have a largely clear view because of the rake. You’re in the middle of the centre block, slightly impeded by the safety barrier but not a huge issue. The only reason I booked here (again) was because I couldn't justify spending more on the tickets to sit elsewhere.”
"E34, 35, 36: "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" (December 2019). There was a safety rail in our sight line but it’s not overly intrusive. You are high up but far enough forwards for the stage not to seem too distant. We were not looking forward to climbing up to the Grand Circle but it wasn’t too bad as there were ramps as well as stairs (in fact, it seemed worse getting to the upper circle in Wimbledon the week before than getting up here!). The seats are slightly off centre and I wouldn’t want to be too close to the end of a row as the angle there seemed quite severe. Leg room is atrocious, you’re not able to put your legs under the seat in front, your knees are touching the seat in front and I’m 5 foot 3. However, as the panto prices are very high, it was this or nothing and on balance it was worth it to be able to go."
“F30: “The Sound of Music”. The view was very good and unobstructed apart from the nuns vanishing out of view at the start as they moved towards the front of the stage and the mountain looking like a UFO! The leg room however, wasn't good... I am 5'5 and felt very cramped."
"F34 and 35: "The Wizard Of Oz" (February 2011). Offered a great view of the stage albeit from a huge height!"
"G45 to 47: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (July 2021). My friend had booked these so I had no say in the seats and I don’t think your fantastic website had been consulted! To be fair, for £35 a ticket the view wasn’t bad at all, we only lost a small portion of the front left hand corner of the stage, and nothing much happened there for more than a moment or two. Sight lines were good and we could still see faces despite the distance. There’s not a lot of leg room but it’s a fairly short show we we coped! I’d definitely say if seats are available though, it’d be worth paying a little more to be in the centre block up there, or at least closer to the centre aisles."
"Row H: "Lord of the Dance" (September 2014). Cheap seat in the upper circle, great view of the stage but there was no leg room. It was really cramped and uncomfortable and not the place to sit if you don’t like heights."
"J7 and 8: As a six-footer I struggled for leg room but the view of the stage was mostly unrestricted, although if you don’t like heights – and it all became a bit too much for one heavily pregnant lady in the row in front of us – sit lower down."
“J12 and J13: (Steph Nicholls). The Upper Circle should maybe be renamed the ‘incredibly high circle with no leg room’. My wife (5ft 11) had to wedge her knees into the space provided and has the bruises to prove it. I’m shorter, but found there little room to move when I needed a change of position. The view was generally good, we couldn’t see the nuns when they came in front of the pit and lost some of the action when it was downstage left."
"J30: "The Wizard Of Oz" (February 2011). A fantastic show, but nearly ruined by the lack of leg space. I am 5' 9" and found it incredibly uncomfortable. I can't imagine how anyone taller, or with longer legs, managed. Shame because the seats themselves are very comfortable, and it's a lovely old theatre."
"J34 to 36: "The Wizard Of Oz" (February 2011). We were pleasantly surprised with the view for the price range, saw everything and felt in the right perspective."
"J42 and 43: "Sister Act". Our enjoyment was somewhat marred by the dire seats, for which we paid £40. I am 5 foot 5 and my knees were right up against the seat in front. The seats themselves are comfortable, but the leg room is dire and all the men around us looked like they were in agony. We had a very tall man in front of us who was obviously uncomfortable; we could not blame him, but because he kept moving and fidgeting this blocked our view to the stage a lot of the time. It also meant that every time he threw himself backwards he practically was in our laps!! I have been in plenty of upper circles but have never had such a bad experience before. These seats were worth £20 at the absolute top price and were so uncomfortable my knees were sore. Every single person around us was complaining about the legroom. It is a shame because the actual seats are actually very comfortable. (One more feels it dire for those of 5ft 8'' too).
“K19 and K20: Excellent view, and just about enough legroom to accommodate a 5’6” person without undue discomfort."
"K19 and 20: "Cats" (December 2014). I actually booked these seats because a previous reviewer had said they were good and I have no complaints. However, I did note that the steepness of the steps seemed to be a problem for quite a lot of people. One of the ladies in our row practically clung to me on her way past to her seat, I was just disappointed it wasn't a young man!!
I had the usual problem of the person in front leaning forward, but being at the back I was able to do so without causing a problem for anybody else. We couldn't see the very front of the stage, but not a lot happened there anyway, so that wasn't a problem. The rails at the end of the row in front could have been a bit inconvenient if things had been happening at the front right of the stage, but to be honest I'm just being picky."
“L10 and 11: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (July 2021) (Bob Pickett). When you first sit down, you would be forgiven for thinking you'd screwed up. In fact, they're OK (especially if discounted). You only lose a small corner of the stage due to it's shape (In Joseph there were just two times we lost part of an actor). That said, legroom isn't great, even for smaller theatregoers.”
"L47, 48, 49: Great seats. I'm 6ft 2 and felt very comfortable, much more so then when I sat in the stalls two weeks previously - with tickets that were £65 - when I was really cramped. These were only £17.50 and on the second last row from the back of the upper circle; and, in my opinion they were a bargain. I could see absolutely everything and felt very comfortable. Highly recommended."
“Row M: My dad and I are both around 6ft tall and found the legroom to be very good. Also, sitting here means you can lean forward for a completely head-free view without disrupting other people.”
"M 5 and 6: "The Wizard Of Oz" (February 2011), (N Ansari). I trawled Theatremonkey to check all the seat reviews as there were limited seats left. There were a lot of bad reviews for the theatre and the seats so I was a bit worried how it would be. In the end we went for Upper Circle, last row M as one reviewer said there was more space. The seats were comfortable, as much as you would expect from a London theatre. It was a bit draughty as we were sitting in front of the exit but it wasn't too bad. The overall view was good, apart from a bit of leaning and a couple of bits 'high stage' that we missed, but we saw pretty much everything. I would say that most people who go to see the show know the film and the story so it isn't such a big issue and the scenery is really bright so it is still very visible from high up. On some occasions you do feel far away and don't get the full effect of some scenes but for £25 I think that's reasonable."
"M11 and 12: “Sister Act” (June 2009). For £17.50 had a clear view but were the last row of the upper circle."
“M41: "So this seat is right at the back but for me was fine, end of row. View OK. You miss some of the higher stage elements (perhaps the opening scene) but it doesn't distract too much (you use your imagination!) and some of the top stairs."
"M43 to 46: Provided a fab view for only £25 and I don't think it would be worth paying an extra £10 for seats 4 rows in front, especially if those seats were towards the far sides of the theatre."
"M49 and 50: For a back row the seats are well priced for the view which is excellent. However, legroom is very little as my mum is 5ft 6ish and even her legs were having trouble. The seats can be quite uncomfortable unless you fidget. I wouldn't avoid these seats, but not put them first choice."
Total 2298 seats.
Induction loop and Sennheiser Infrared. Occasional signed and audio described performances. Dog sitter available. Two adapted toilet in Stalls - one new in the Val Parnell Bar. Wheelchairs can replace stalls seats L46, O48, Q48 and S49. Access is via a fire exit and is level Alternatively, a ramp can be placed over the three steps from Argyll Street (the former box office door) to a reception room, then the user can be taken down to stalls bar level by stair-lift, then on to their place in the auditorium. The auditorium rake is steep, good for the view but chair users should check their brakes. Specific information from www.lwtheatres.co.uk or 020 7087 7966.
Booster cushions for small children can be obtained from ushers. These are limited, and are available on a first come, first served basis - early arrival is recommended. Child heights are often checked. The monkey noticed a larger stash appears to be kept in the dress circle.
Food: Ice Cream and confectionery available.
Four bars; The Variety Bar (Stalls); The Val Parnell Bar (Stalls); The Cinderella Bar (Royal Circle); The Long Bar (Upper Circle).
Eleven Toilets; Stalls 2 gents 3 cubicles, 3 cubicles, 2 ladies 30 cubicles (7 new off the Val Parnell Bar, 8 in the other stalls toilet) - the monkey notes that the Val Parnell Bar can be reached up a spiral staircase from the stalls rear foyer. When not closed for hospitality, it should be a useful one to know to avoid interval crowds; Dress Circle 1 gents 2 cubicles, 1 ladies 10 and 4 cubicles respectively; Upper Circle 2 gents 2 cubicles, 1 cubicle respectively, 2 ladies 2 cubicles and 6 cubicles respectively.
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.
CLICK SEATING PLAN TO ENLARGE IF REQUIRED. USE "BACK" BUTTON TO RETURN.
For events in general - more specific information is posted when the theatre has a long-running resident production.
Normal seating plan:
For events in general, visit www.lwtheatres.co.uk.
The Dress Circle is called the "ROYAL CIRCLE" in this theatre.
The Dress Circle may present legroom issues for those over around 5ft 7 tall in the front four rows particularly. The actual view is excellent from most seats. Also please read information regarding rear and side stalls recommendations before purchasing. Click "Best Seat Advice" on the left.
Some details may change. The monkey will update as required.
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.
Oxford Circus - Bakerloo Line (brown), Central Line (red), Victoria Line (pale blue).
The escalators from the platform deposit passengers in a large underground space with multiple exits, one of which is onto Argyll Street itself. Once through the barrier, look to your left. An insignificant exit in the corner, marked "Exit 6, Argyll Street" is the one to take.
Go up the stairs and when you leave the station look to your left - if it is a pedestrianised area then the theatre is right there, just past the street restaurants!
If you see a busy road instead then try...orientating yourself by looking for the large 'Top Shop' clothing outlet on the corner of the major road junction of Oxford Street and Regent Street.
Stand with your back to both it and the Oxford Street traffic. You will be facing some exits from Oxford Street Underground Station.
Turn to your left and take the next turning on the right, a pedestrianised space called Argyll Street - an exchange bureau is on the corner. Walk to the end of the pedestrianised part, dodging restaurants, market stalls and street vendors and the London Palladium is to your left.
1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15, 16A, 23, 25, 53, and 73 all stop on Oxford Street.
Look for the large 'Top Shop' clothing outlet on the corner of the major road junction of Oxford Street and Regent Street.
Stand with your back to it and cross Oxford Street so the traffic is behind you as well. You will be facing one exit of Oxford Street Underground Station.
Turn to your left and take the next turning on the right, a pedestrianised space called Argyll Street. Walk to the end of the pedestrianised part and the London Palladium is to your left.
Walk up Argyll Street to Oxford Street, or along Great Malborough Street to Regent Street to hail a taxi in the street.
Poland Street, Soho. The "Theatreland Parking Scheme" may be available. Call Q-Park car parks on 0870 442 0104 or see 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.
NB: The Kingley Street Car Park, often listed on other websites as near this theatre, has now closed.