Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5JF 020 7087 7760
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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.
Details below are based on "first impressions" in September 2021. Readers are encouraged to add information from their own visits.
The Dress Circle overhangs the Stalls at row N. The Dress Circle overhang affects the view of the top of the stage from row S back.
Aisles split the stalls into a centre and two side blocks. A further aisle in front of row K splits the side blocks of seats into front and rear sections.
The side blocks extend beyond the proscenium, so do not look directly at the stage opening.
There are no aisles at the outermost ends of any row. Seats O6 and O46 have small walls in front to close the option off entirely.
Beyond the side blocks in the front section is a space for extra “slip” seats.
A noticeable rake (sloped floor to help see over rows in front) becomes steep at around row O. It ensures a good view from all seats.
Seats are only off-set around 5% of their width to see between those in front.
Good throughout the stalls for those up to 6ft (5ft 7 in row A). Only seats O6 and O46 have a small wall in front of them, which limits legroom for those over 5ft 5 or so.
Note that row M seats 10 to 17 and 35 to 42 have nothing in front of them.
The stage is at eye-level for someone 5ft 7. It is wide, and is often made narrower by a “false proscenium” – temporary extra walls surrounding the stage.
At the front, there is very little rake slope on the floor or off-set of seats, so younger children and those under 5ft 8 or so will struggle to see past any taller adult in front of them in rows A to C at least. Take the dress circle for them.
For everybody else these front three or four rows in the centre block are a wonderfully immersive experience - monkey only leaves the 'green' rating off because of the lack of rake.
Among the best seats in the house and this section are rows F to M in the centre block.
Broadening out, all other rows, right to the back, are going to offer a very decent experience away from the ends. Unlimited legroom in row M 10 to 17 and 35 to 42 is great – M 16, 17, 36 and 37 face down the aisle with no heads in view either (though those exiting early could get in the way).
Wheelchair users can choose from M 12, 16, 36 and 39. The monkey would take 16 and 36 first for a really decent view – superior to other choices in the dress and upper circles.
Row O back will notice the slope helping see over those ahead, and even those in row X at the back will feel close to the stage. It is worth taking the row behind the more expensive one each time, as you really will get the same view for less money.
All rows usually have reduced prices at the extreme ends. At the front, the outermost seats may face that blank proscenium wall, preventing anyone seeing what is going on in the nearest fifth of the stage. The viewing angle improves the further back you go, so take rows K forward to maximize your chances of seeing most.
From rows M to X in the side blocks, the problem is the overhang of the circle above restricting the view of the top of the stage. Skip O 6 and 46 for adding a wall / reduced legroom and take row M ends for the bonus legroom first. Then decide if you want to see more of the side of the stage or the top of it. For side, take rows X forward. For top, rows N back. The monkey would probably go N back.
A sound desk beside seats in the centre of rows U to X should not bother anybody very much.
All seats at the ends of all rows do not have an aisle next to them. O6 and 46 are further restricted by a wall limiting legroom and view for the shortest.
All seats at the ends of rows are also under a circle overhang and may miss the top of the stage. They also may face a wall and miss the edge of the stage.
Seats are not off-set more than 5% to see between the shoulders of those in front.
The front row is A. The stage is eye-level to someone 5ft 7, children and shorter theatregoers will not see the back of it – go at least row D in that case.
The extreme ends of all rows are discounted. Avoid particularly the outermost 3 seats in all rows back to E as they face a wall. Row A in particular may feel claustrophobic.
Over the wall, side slip seats at fourth price may suit those happy to miss a fair amount of the stage. 6 and 7 are probably the best view.
"Premium" seats have been designated in rows D (A at peak times) to N of the central stalls, spilling over into the side blocks for two seats as well. Up to you if you wish to pay more, feels the monkey. It would not take those side block premium seats except for the comfort of an aisle seat if required.
If not paying those prices, central C or O then P or (if tall enough) B and A in that order are attractive.
Prices drop to second at the outer ends of A to K – maybe K, to G in that order. Third price at row U, or down the sides there are pairs from row O back. The monkey would those in P to T or central U first. The overhang of the circle above may reduce the views of scenery tops, but nothing vital. Be aware on peak dates row U rises to top non-premium price - skip it.
Around the sound desk U 23 and 30 and W and X 22 and 31 won't notice it in view.
“C14: “Disney’s Frozen” (August 2021). The rake isn’t fantastic so I did have a head in front of me (and I’m 6 foot!) and it is slightly to the side so there’s a few minuscule bits you don’t see thanks to cast blocking and set design, but for £20 absolutely zero complaints whatsoever!! If I was paying £90 then obviously I’d want to be in the centre, but it’s undoubtedly one of the best day seats I have ever scored."
Called the Royal Circle in this theatre.
The Upper Circle overhangs the Dress Circle at row E. It affects the view of the top of the stage is from around row J back.
The Dress Circle is split into three blocks - centre and two sides - by aisles. At the outermost ends between the stage and circle are a single row of slip seats either side.
The front of the circle curves towards the stage and feels reasonably close to it. Further back, the shallow rake / stepping between rows makes rows K and L feel further away than they are.
Double height rails at the end of all aisles are well positioned for minimal impact on the view.
Adequate everywhere. Row A and the slips has a little less, those up to 5ft 6 should be comfortable, elsewhere those 5ft 9 or so should be fine.
Extra comfort can be had taking seats on the aisle, allowing space for one leg to move sideways. Sadly, there is no seat with nothing in front.
Among the best seats in the house are rows B and D 20 to 34, C and E 19 to 34, and row A 19 to 24 in that order. Next best are rows F and G centre, then look at side block seats.
Once centre seats in rows A to G are gone, take rows B to G the first four seats nearest the centre aisle. Then take the next two in B to G before row H back centre block, or seats in rows B to G further along to the side. If action mostly happens centre stage, then rows B to G (away from the extreme ends) get a reasonable (just about) view.
Wheelchair users have an enclosed space at seat K9. It has rail in front which may bother some. Take this after the stalls ones have gone, as the view is better from downstairs.
Seats A 8 and A 45 have a safety rail in view but are well priced to allow for it.
Slip seats are not really a bargain, and for top price special occasions are possibly best avoided, but for those willing to pay top price to just "see the show" the monkey feels many will be satisfied. Take 7 and 46, nearest the main seating for the best viewing angle, as you will be peering sideways and lose a fifth of the stage minimum.
The shallow rake may affect the view for anyone not tall enough to see over the row in fronts' heads from around row F back.
The first and last seats in the side blocks of all rows are affected slightly by the boxes projecting into the field of view a little. They may also see aisle end rails in view.
A rail in front of the wheelchair space may bother some users.
Central rows A to E, and four over the aisle to the sides are "premium" priced. Your call, feels the monkey, who notes there are great seats beside or behind them for less cash. Seats in central row F, or pairs beside the ones in A to E side blocks are pretty good going.
Rows K and L hit third price outside peak dates. View and distance from the stage are factors here - and they are fair (you will miss a small sequence of the show). At peak times top non-premium price or higher the back two rows really are not the best for the cash, it feels.
At fifth price, the less picky will love A 8 and 45. Slips perhaps are a last choice – there are more comfortable seats with a better view elsewhere.
Called Royal Circle Boxes in this theatre.
Boxes B, C, D, E, F, G and H are arranged across the back of the Royal Circle.
The Royal Kings, Royal Princes, box A and box J are at the sides of the Dress Circle between it and the stage. The Royal Kings and Princes boxes are double height. A and J are beside them, on the main seating side, a metre above and slightly recessed behind the circle slip seats.
Good as all seats are movable chairs.
Boxes B to H:
These offer average views of the stage, being affected by the overhang of the Upper Circle. When sold at third price or less, they are a good value, preferred alternative to the rear stalls as they are raised above the seats in front (and are a private space away from crisp-munchers) least.
Royal Kings, Royal Princes, boxes A and J:
The Kings and Princes offer more of a view, with perhaps an eighth of the stage lost. Frankly, choose central seats first. A and J have even less of a viewing angle. When sold at third price, they are a good value, preferred alternative to the rear stalls.
Top stage is missed from boxes B to H, side stage from Royal Kings, Royal Princes and boxes A and J.
In use, average at top price at the sides.
The side boxes will see less than usual as a false wall narrows the stage further at the edges.
Being the same price as the rear rows in front, boxes B to H are an interesting choice. The privacy and fun of a box, against being further forward and seeing a bit more under the circle overhang? Oddly, with children, the monkey may take a box. Shorter people will have nobody's head to peer over, as they are raised above that.
Called the "Grand Circle" in this theatre.
Like the Royal Circle, the Upper Circle is split into three blocks - centre and two sides - by aisles.
A short row of slip seats either side extend from the front of the circle, down the sides of the theatre, towards the boxes.
Seats are raised on steps high enough to ensure good views. Row K in particular has an extra raise. Handsome wooden handrails guard the end of each row without affecting the view.
The balcony overhangs the Upper Circle at row F. The view of the top of the stage is affected by circle overhang from row K back.
A massive beneficiary of the refurbishment, those up to 5ft 8 (maybe 5ft 6 in row A and the slips) at least will be comfortable.
Row K, being raised, allows extra “dangle” room for longer legs.
Rows A to D feel quite close to the stage.
Best seats are rows B and D 19 to 33, C and E 19 to 34, and row A 19 to 34 in that order.
Row A loses marks for legroom comfort for the taller.
Moving back, the rest of the seats at least offer clear views for all but the shortest.
Rows J and K of the centre block offer good value when cheaper than the row in front but having a very similar view. Take them over H and save a few pounds!
In the main blocks, as in the Royal Circle below, the first and last few seats in the side blocks of all rows offer inferior views.
The outermost seats, if discounted enough, are worth a glace. Otherwise, the rest are possibly the most worth avoiding given that there is no discount now to make it bearable.
Seat E7 offers a wheelchair viewing position. Worth considering if cheaper than seats elsewhere, otherwise take stalls then dress circle positions for a superior view at the same bananas.
Slips at the edge of row A offer a poor view - looking down at the stage through the thicket of projecting boxes, as well as lesser legroom and are worth avoiding - except for the two nearest the main seating, which at the price an almost acceptable angle on the action.
Each aisle has a double height safety rail at the end. This should not affect views too much for most.
Row D seat 7 is haunted, but never after 6 pm and only if the theatre is full. The gentleman is an elegantly dressed, white wigged man who moves from his seat, across the gangway, and through a wall. A skeleton with a dagger in its ribs was found behind this wall in mid Victorian times. His appearance during previews is a good omen for the production.
Centre block rows A and B, plus 4 over the aisle are top non-premium price. You can sit a lot closer in the stalls for the same cash, but children may appreciate the height. Also, compared to the rear stalls, they may see over heads in front more easily.
Some very tempting restricted view seats are also available at the front of the circle and up the sides. Row A to C ends are as cheap as the front part of the balcony above, and you can get an even better view at fourth price in rows D to H. Worth a look compared to what you get for the same bananas in rows K and L.
The monkey would take L over K for being raised higher – less chance of leaners in front blocking the views.
Slips are probably best left unless very cheap and the ones closest the main seating are available.
“D21 to 23: “Disney’s Frozen” (August 2021). Gorgeous in the auditorium isn’t it. Central, clear view of the whole stage, terrific sound and a great place to sit to appreciate the spectacle. Fantastic rake, it didn’t seem too far from the stage, no overhang, decent width seats and about the best Upper Circle experience we’ve had.”
Called the "Grand Circle Boxes" in this theatre.
The Grand Kings, Grand Princes, box K and box L are at the sides of the Upper Circle between it and the stage. The Grand Kings and Princes boxes are double height above the Royal Kings and Princes boxes. K and L are beside them, on the main seating side, about two metres above the other boxes and slightly recessed behind the upper circle slip seats.
They are accessed at Dress Circle level.
Good as all seats are movable chairs.
The Kings and Princes offer more of a view, with perhaps an eighth of the stage lost but a higher perspective angle than the boxes below them. Nice for privacy but maybe choose central seats first if a view of the whole stage is required. K and L have even less of a viewing angle. When sold at third price or less, they are a good value option for fun compared to other seats at similar prices elsewhere.
You may not see much at the sides of the stage from Royal Kings, Royal Princes and boxes A and J.
There are stairs up to the seats in the Kings and Princes boxes, fairly steep. It is also a long walk to these two, though there is a disabled toilet and a unisex general bathroom very close to the box on the King's side.
Finding the seats is also amusing - follow down the side corridor and do go through the door which looks like it is "staff only."
In use, average at third price, feels the monkey. Boxes will see less than usual as a false wall narrows the stage further at the edges.
Take the Kings and Prices boxes first. The monkey found that around a fifth of the back corner of the stage on the side nearest the stage is not visible from these.
The balcony overhangs the Upper Circle at row F.
Like the other circles the balcony is split into three blocks - centre and two sides - by aisles.
It has a stepped rake and is very high above the stage, inducing vertigo in many people.
Seats are raised on steps high enough to ensure good views. Row K in particular has an extra raise.
Handsome wooden handrails guard the end of each row without affecting the view. Double height safety rails at the end of the aisle do likewise.
Further safety rails run across the entire length of the row in front of rows D, G and K.
Another massive beneficiary of the refurbishment, those up to 5ft 8 (maybe 5ft 6 in row A and the slips) at least will be comfortable.
Row K, being raised, allows extra “dangle” room for longer legs, plus a footrail to place them on and a rail in front too.
Best seats are rows D and F 19 to 34, and E 19 to 33. Row A loses a mark for slightly less legroom comfort and view, rows B and C because inconsiderate folk leaning forward could be a problem - though B may still be worth a try at bottom price, feels the monkey...but only if you can intimidate folk in front to behave.
The rear two rows are somewhat distant from the stage. Skip them when they are the same price as rows in front - the comparison makes them a "red" warning rating to the monkey mind. A last choice or as an option if you don't fancy paying less to lean through bars or peer round pillars. Do be aware, though, that K is comfy for many, and raised, so still worth a thought.
If priced the same, go centre block before side blocks naturally, in true Theatremonkey style!
Then choose seats as close to the centre aisle as possible, rows D to F first.
As in the Upper Circle, the first and last few seats in the side blocks of all rows offer grotty views and poor value. Only the extreme ends of rows to E (if discounted) are excluded - because they potentially offer a way to be closer to the stage while priced to compensate for a slightly restricted view of it.
Folk leaning forward to see over these, blocking views for those behind.
Spotlights and spotlight operators are placed in the front corners of the circle, which may distract some.
Risk of vertigo.
Most of rows A to E, plus central F are fourth price. Take central D or E, or skip them and go for the four seats off the central aisles in side block F or central G.
Take row K over J if shorter, as it has a better raise for the same bottom price.
At the outermost ends, restricted view bottom price pairs in rows D to A may be worth a thought. If single, consider the dress circle row A edges for the same cash as row E pairs. Likewise, couples may find the upper circle restricted view front corners better value for the same bananas as this pair. Families will find 4 seats together down there too.
“Row B: “Disney’s Frozen” (August 2021). Row B Balcony, £30 in pre opening, you lose the extended part of the stage, so you miss some but not much. Bigger problem is people in row in-front, when they lean forward, which most seem to as I guess they miss even more of the front of the stage
You lose a good 50% of the show, sometimes all. At some points it was unwatchable which is a shame. The back row of the balcony looked like it would afford a better view, although you may miss some of the effects.
“C 8 and 9: “Disney’s Frozen” (August 2021). I'd booked the tickets what feels like years ago and then of course everything got postponed, so I know that I booked without a current seating plan to go off. However, I had assumed that the seating would start at no.1 and nos.8-9 would be more in from the edge - however the balcony seating starts with no. 8, so we were on the very edge of the balcony.
They're not terrible views, but as with any of these sorts of seats, if someone in the front row leans forward, they obstruct the view of anyone behind them. From these seats you do generally miss most of what is going on stage left due to the curve of the balcony, and unfortunately a lot happens there, as well as right to the front of the stage - luckily the 'Let It Go' sequence was unobscured as it mostly happens centre stage.
So, we missed an awful lot of the show, but I had taken a punt on the cheap £20 tickets so wasn't too annoyed - we were mostly very frustrated (as was everyone around us) with the tall young guy in row A, who missed the whole first half and then spent the 2nd half either leaning forward so no one could see or entering or exiting the auditorium and disturbing everyone each time. We have no idea why he kept being let back in.
However, the seats are comfortable and the theatre looks glorious. There is more leg room in the Drury Lane balcony than there is in the upper circle at the Victoria Palace Theatre, so that is something. Sadly our evening was mostly a concert as we missed so much and could only hear a lot of the singing, and I wouldn't sit in these seats again, but at least I know for next time!
Air conditioned auditorium.
Café, Afternoon Tea. Ice cream and confectionery available.
4 steps to foyer, or level from side entrance. Passenger lift to all levels. 4 wheelchair places on row M. 1 wheelchair space dress circle row K. 1 wheelchair space upper circle row E. https://www.galapro.com/ audio enhancement via mobile phone. If you do not own compatible equipment, staff will be able to assist. Accessible toilets on stalls, dress circle and upper circle levels. Upper circle level accessible toilet is only on the “low numbers” side of the auditorium. Guide dogs are welcome and can be dog-sat with pleasure, on request. Specific details at https://thelane.co.uk/accessibility or firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 020 7557 7300 Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 5.30pm.
Toilets at all levels.
Note that there is no extra legroom in front of seats that appear to have a space, with the exception of stalls row M side block.
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Ratings are based on "first impressions" in September 2021. Readers are encouraged to add information from their own visits.
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.
The Dress Circle is called the "ROYAL CIRCLE" in this theatre.
The Upper Circle is called the "GRAND CIRCLE" in this theatre.
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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.
Covent Garden - Piccadilly Line (dark blue).
For mobility impaired audience members, the Society of London Theatre provide a "photo map" - illustrated walking route to this venue from a near landmark and also Waterloo Station (the nearest fully accessible station) on their website www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk, via the theatre's listing page on that site.
On leaving the station, turn right and walk into the large pedestrian plaza that is Covent Garden. If you see a long road with cars in front of you, wrong way.
On entering the plaza space, turn to your left and walk along the collonaded area (cut across if it is not raining!). If you see Tesco Metro Supermarket or a bank, Wrong way.
Keep walking ahead as far as the collonaded area will allow (it forms the outer part of the market Square). Follow it to the right. At the end of the building is Russell Street. Walk along Russell Street, crossing one road, until you reach a street corner with the Fortune Theatre to the left and the Drury Lane theatre ahead of you on the opposite side of the road.
6, 11, 13, 15, all stop on the Aldwych. Walk towards the Novello Theatre and walk up the street next to it, uphill, past the Duchess Theatre. Drury Lane Theatre is on the right side of this street, at the end corner. If you see the Aldwych or Lyceum Theatres, wrong way.
A rank for Black taxis is at Charing Cross Station - a long distance from the theatre. Best chance of hailing one in the street is to walk down Catherine Street to the Strand / Aldwych.
Parker Street, under the New London Theatre. Exit the Car Park and stand with your back to the main foyer of the theatre. Cross the road ahead of you and turn to your right. The street corner is there ahead of you. If not, wrong way. At the corner of the street, Turn left into Drury Lane and walk along it. If you pass the New London Theatre, wrong way.
Walk straight on, crossing Great Queen Street. Continue down Drury Lane. Please cross to the other side of the street and continue, crossing over Broad Court and Martlett Court until you come to a four way crossroads.
Turn to your right at these crossroads. Do not cross any street. Just walk ahead down Russell Street. Cross Crown Court and continue straight on, changing to the other side of the street.
The end of this street has the Drury Lane Theatre as its corner. Turn to your left at this corner to the Drury Lane Theatre entrance. This is in Catherine Street. and walking downhill, the Duchess Theatre is halfway along on the other side of the road. If you come to Covent Garden pedestrian piazza, wrong way.