404 Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R 0NH 0330 333 4814
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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.
www.nimaxtheatres.com/theatres/vaudeville-theatre/ has a "view from seats" facility in the "booking" section.
The Dress Circle overhangs the stalls at row J making the top of the stage invisible from row M back.
Pillars are located at the sides of the auditorium around row N.
The rake (slope of the floor) begins at at around row C, and is most noticeable from row P back.
Good in almost all seats. The monkey had been sceptical, but in 2018 a reader reported from row L that, "I had several inches between my knees and the row in front, and I'm 6'3"."
Row A seats 1 to 4, 15 and 16, row B17 and 18 and row P17 have nothing in front of them (P17 has a pillar almost in front, though).
Seat P1 has nothing in front of 50% of the seat.
Seat S1 is 80% clear in front of the seat.
Seat Q18 has nothing in front of 5% of the seat - leg stretching space for one leg, the monkey feels.
If seats in rows AY or AZ are sold cheaply, the monkey rates them highly, as does a reader, ‘with a low stage, "a steal" at the price.’ Be aware that with a higher and shaped stage / props like a table or other furniture in the way, the view diminishes.
The first and last two seats in rows A to G should be chosen last among the top priced stalls as they are outside the proscenium and have a slightly restricted view of the edges of the stage through lighting / sound equipment often strapped here.
The rest of rows A to J are prime value for money, once you are three seats off the aisle.
At top price rows K to O are a little overpriced, you could sit further forward for the money. The rake (sloped floor to help see over rows in front) however means the view is at least clear, and the theatre, being small, encourages an intimate feeling between stage and audience from all seats.
Pillars at the sides of the auditorium around row N add a claustrophobic effect but do not especially interfere with the view. It is worth avoiding the ends of the row though, just to get maximum value for money.
The price normally drops to second at either row P or Q. At second price either is worthwhile.
Even the back two rows of this theatre offer fair value for money allowing for the overhang of the circle affecting the view.
Rear rows at the same (or slightly higher) prices than the upper circle may be a more comfortable option than that balcony. This applies particularly for the taller.
Wheelchair users can use a stair climber to access a space made if M1 is removed. Not a bad view at all, same as any other seat at the side of theatre, feels the monkey.
The front 4 rows are not raked, the shortest may not see over heads in front.
Equipment strapped to the walls either side of the stage takes out the views of the outermost two seats in all rows from A back to E in particular.
The front row is AZ, sold cheap due to the high stage - eye level to a 5ft 7 theatremonkey. You won't see the floor from here, but it is a total bargain at third price. Legroom is fine up to at least 5ft 11, though.
Back a row, row A 1 to 4, 15 and 16, plus B18 have nothing in front and unlimited legroom. Even better, they are second price, so if you miss out on row AZ, you have another chance even if you have less for a souvenir crown after.
Tuesday to Thursday "off peak" times, premium seats run central rows E, F and G. Friday to Sunday and "peak" times, most of rows E to J are at "premium" prices. Not that expensive, and totally your call, feels the monkey. There are decent seats around them at a lower price. Tuesday to Thursday, take H to K before them. Friday to Sunday, central D, C then B, or else (depending on your preference for being close to the stage) the seats beside the premium ones from row H back or you could go row K and not worry about the high stage.
Tuesday to Thursday "off peak" times, prices drop at row P, again at R and to a very cheap price for row S. The monkey would take row S any time, even near the sound desk for the cash - more comfortable and much closer than the upper circle. If you must take P, see if A at the same bananas is available, or AY for less for the same view.
Friday to Sunday and "peak" times, prices drop at row P and again at S, making 4 to 14 worth taking over more expensive row O in front for the same view. Once more, go for P only after same price A is gone, likewise R and S only after AY for similar bananas. S1 is worth a look with almost nothing in front.
A sound desk replaces Q, R and S 7 to 12, but shouldn't bother anybody.
The Upper Circle overhangs the Dress Circle at row C, affecting the view of the top of the stage from row F back.
A single block of stepped seats.
Pillars at the ends of row F.
Slightly cramped in most rows for anyone over 5ft 6 or so, worst in rows C (despite slightly elevated seating in that row) and D. B is the next most cramped.
Row A is just about comfortable for someone of 5ft 7, with A 1 and 19 having maximum stretching space if willing to accept missing the sides of the stage. A 2 and 18 are also tolerable if someone isn't using 1 and 19, as you can twist a leg sideways into the space and also get a few millimetres of extra room anyway.
Row J is similarly just acceptable for those of 5ft 8 or less, and row K up to 5ft 10, the monkey felt.
G19 has the pillar directly in front, but enough legroom for somebody of 5ft 7, and a space to the left for a leg to occupy empty space between the pillar and seat in front.
The front of the Dress Circle is enclosed behind what this monkey calls a wide picture frame. The depth of the frame causes the front of an extended stage to be invisible for those sitting in row C.
The 'frame' also affects the view from seats 1 and 19 in all rows. They miss 5% or more of the stage nearest to them. Circle boxes intrude into views from end seats 2 and 18 - folk resting drinks on the front rests are noticable.
Pillars at the ends of row F add to the woes of these seat numbers from row G back. You can peer round the obstructions, but they are there.
Rows A, B, C, D and E, seats 3 to 17 offer the clearest view of the stage. Seats here are fair value for money, though watch for the legroom in rows B back to D, and C in particular.
Rows F to K are less good value at top price - take stalls instead. Got cheap, and if you don't require legroom or close-up views, K3 to 17 are a bargain at second price, feels the monkey - having a bit more legroom than the other rows.
Rows A and B seats 1 and 19, plus G 19 are designated restricted view due to being outside the picture frame opening. Row G seat 19 is squarely behind a pillar. All three are often discounted as leaning is required. Value for money is not outstanding in this trio, but as a way of seeing a sold out performance this monkey cannot do better. G19 has the better view, if willing to lean a little, A 1 and 19 are slightly more comfortable with legroom ahead.
Theatremonkey normally prefers the rear stalls to rear circle for the same money on grounds of view and legroom. As it says, if rows J and K are not cheaper, the monkey would take them second if stalls are available instead - again for view and comfort reasons.
The wide circle front restricts views of any extended stage front.
A wall and boxes jutting from the sides of the theatre block views from the end seats in row A.
Pillar block views from one seat in row G.
Legroom from row B back.
A reader also notes that those on the "high numbers" side can hear revellers in the pub just the other side of the fire exit door.
Almost all seats are at top non-premium price. For comfort alone, the monkey again advises stalls for the same cash and skip the back rows from F to H anyway, long way away for the money, it feels.
Central rows A to C are "premium." Your call, feels the monkey. Children will like them, full grown adults may find stalls (particularly compared to circle row B) more comfortable.
Back rows J and K are second price. About fair if you can accept the legroom or want a seat where you can see more easily over heads in front. Row A stalls are the same price and the monkey likes them a bit better for atmosphere as well as comfort, if not view due to the high stage.
Restricted view seat G19 is cheaper than other seats. Fair value at third price, feels the monkey, if you can't get into the front row of the stalls.
"A2 and 3: (Beth). They were absolutely brilliant seats, plenty of leg room (as I'm only 5ft 5) and amazing view of the stage. I would say beware of A1 though, no one was sitting there at my performance, but it would definitely be quite a restricted view."
"B12/13: (Alan). Afforded us an excellent view of the whole stage."
"B16 and 17: "Dead Funny" (October 2016). It is not good to book seats in the Dress Circle rows A, B, C towards the end of the aisle by the fire exit. We recently attended Dead Funny, Dress Circle row B 16 and 17 for an anniversary treat, and what a waste of money!! We battled to hear the actors against a continuous noise coming from the direction of the Fire Exit. We thought it was behind the scenes staff having a group meeting with plenty of laughing and general chatter! All the surrounding audience in rows in front and behind were moaning as well. At the end of the performance there was quiet a queue to inform the manager of our shambles of a performance. We were informed that the other side of the fire exit is an alleyway which leads to a local pub, and this is a regular and persistent occurrence. So BEWARE of these duff seats unless you want to listen in on a street party too!! :("
"C9: "Little Voice" (October 2009). Had a very good view of the stage BUT if I was shorter (I'm 6ft 1, so maybe for people 5ft 8 or below) I might have struggled to see, because there was quite a tall guy in front of me and his head was directly where LV stands for the start of her performance, I missed just the bottom of her legs but you would miss more if you were shorter. (Not something the monkey noticed, so further observations are welcome).”
"C11: "Master Class" (February 2012), (Taljaard – regular reader). Arrived at the theatre 40 minutes before curtain up and was offered C11 in the Dress Circle for £25. Fantastic seat with a perfect view."
"Row D: A couple of weeks ago I saw Volcano from Dress Circle seats in row D. I have long-ish legs and was comfortable throughout, but the people in front of us in row C had to move back during the interval because a couple of them were virtually sitting sideways because of the lack of legroom. Last night I went to see Paul Merton there and this time we were in row C and yes - very uncomfortable. A choice of sitting (a) with knees apart touching the people on both sides of me, (b) sideways with both knees to one side only rubbing against one neighbour but getting a twisted neck after a couple of hours, or (c) knees forwards and wedged in, ending up with a ridge gouged in my knees. Fortunately Paul was excellent, which eased the discomfort a bit."
"D7: "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" (July 2010). A good central seat, but I would rather be in the front half of the stalls, just to feel that bit closer to the stage."
"D16 and 17: "Swallows and Amazons" (December 2011). Our tickets cost £35 each through the Get Into London Theatre ticket promotion. I'm 6ft tall and felt I had comfortable leg room in D17. We only had children sat in front of us which give us a lovely and unobstructed view of the entire stage (apart from the few occasions the children stood up to better see the actors as they went among the audience but we didn't care about that because the show was so very good). Having now sat in both the Dress Circle and the Stalls of the Vaudeville I would prefer the central Stalls at the same price for the extra legroom and to feel closer to the action."
"G8: Felt a long way from the stage, but the sightlines are good, and I had a £15 bargain ticket, so I was happy with this."
"J12: "Oppenheimer" (April 2015), (Mary). Very happy with these seats. The view was perfect with the entire set visible. At around 5'5". (165cm) I was comfortable but taller people might find the legroom wanting; it was a squeeze moving past people."
A, B, C and D are in pairs either side of the theatre between stage and Dress Circle at Dress Circle level.
Boxes A and C seat 3, boxes B and D seat 4.
Acceptable, as seating is on movable chairs.
All boxes offer a clear but sideways view of the stage with an eighth of the edge of the stage not visible.
At second price value is moderate and those who find Dress Circle legroom tight should consider these seats after the stalls are full.
Box C can take two wheelchair transferees. The stalls alternative is better.
Side views with a small edge of the stage missing.
Lighting / speakers may be placed nearby, noisy.
All are good value.
Boxes A and C are further from the stage with a better viewing angle and command second price - you'll do very well here. The shorter will appreciate not having to look past heads in the rear stalls or past leaners in the upper circle. The tall will appreciate more legroom than the upper circle offers at the same price.
Boxes B and D will have speakers near by and lose more view to them. Still and again, for the fourth price money the monkey feels them superior to the upper circle - particularly for those who value legroom comfort.
"Box C: (Annie Gross). Sideways view, but for the play we saw it was an excellent view. Most of the action took place centre stage, so the box was ideal for comfort and view." A second and third visit to other productions confirmed her feeling about it being her favourite box in this theatre. On a second visit to "The Importance of Being Earnest," (August 2015). lovely seats, sideways view, but very comfortable."
“Box C: "An Ideal Husband" (December 2010), (Mark). Got £10 day seats in box C, view very good and missed nothing."
"Box C: “Six” (July 2021). Seat 1. Sold as restricted view but don't really miss anything important in 'Six'. Great legroom as seats are movable. Would sit here again.”
The Upper Circle is called the Grand Circle in this theatre.
This seems higher up than the monkey expects for such a small theatre, but is odd. The front few rows feel quite close to the stage, the back ones a long way away...
Seats are a single stepped block, that doesn’t curve noticeably towards the stage like most other circles elsewhere do.
Row J is extra elevated on a step.
Poor in all rows for anyone over 5ft 6, worst in rows A and D to F. A tiny bit more legroom in the centre 6 seats of rows B back, perhaps, but not much.
Seat B1 has nothing in front, and B18 is 98% clear of anything in front... the only problem is that the view has a rail in it.
Like the Dress Circle the first and last two seats in each row suffer a poor view of the stage.
In all rows seats 4 to 16 offer the clearest view of the stage.
Those in row B used to lose some view of the stage / have lean forward thanks to a bar in the way - with a reduction proportional to that. New blocks under the seats should make a difference. If sitting there and having to lean, consider those in row C behind and try not to upset their view.
The monkey would take row F last, perhaps, as for less money you could sit a row behind (in G) and get roughly the same view - but that is just as an aside thought really...
Rows H and J feel far from the stage, but are priced accordingly.
These seats are priced to provide exactly fair value - you get the view you pay for in each case.
Seats in the rear stalls (often at the same price) may be a little more comfortable for the taller. Even if stalls are a little more expensive, the long legged may even feel it worth paying a little more for that. If on a budget and tall, B1 and B18 are the ones to opt for, the trade off of comfort for view is worth it, feels the monkey.
A rail across the front of the circle, particularly where it hits double height in front of A1 and 16...
...Folk leaning forward to see over the circle front bar.
Tuesday to Thursday "off peak" times, row J drops to a very low price, as does row S stalls. Monkey would take stalls first, way closer and more comfortable, but don't rule J out once they have gone - and take it over H in front. In fact, for the price of H or the other fourth price tickets, you could have stalls row R, which is preferable too.
Friday to Sunday and "peak" times, Rows A, H and J, plus the aisle seats in C and D are cheapest in the venue, and about fairly priced. The singles with extra legroom at the ends of row B are a bargain, and the monkey would even go for the ends of C and D just to be able to put a leg into the aisle, too. For a central view at the price, you may as well take central A and H first over the more expensive B behind / G in front. Cramped, though...
Be aware that those in A and B may miss more of the front of it than those in H.
"Upper Circle: "Magic Goes Wrong" (January 2020). Rather tight on leg room, but bearable for just £30 a ticket. We had very good views of the whole stage."
"A16: "In A Forest Dark And Deep" (March 2011). Was alright, if a bit restricted due to the bar. However at least the bar was not directly cutting through the stage as it would the rest of the front row. It kind of raises higher, and with some good head tilting you can see the whole stage clearly through this gap."
"B14 and 15: "Dead Funny" (November 2016). We paid £20 per ticket through GILT (annual offer - editor) offer. I'm 6ft (1.8m) tall and didn't really have much leg room but it was tolerable. I had a good view of the stage except for when the person in front of me lent forward or when the actors were at the front of the stage which is when the safety rail inconvenienced my view. Overall good seats for the price I felt."
"C10 and 11: "Groan Ups" (October 2019). I have used Theatremonkey for many years and it has been a godsend for finding the best value seats (and avoiding the worst). However for Groan Ups at the Vaudeville I felt that I had to advise others that the seats in the Upper Circle (C10 & C11) were the worst seats for legroom that we have experienced in any London Theatre – not only was it impossible to put your legs in front of you as there is no room to even wedge yourself in but even with “manspreading” so your legs were either side of the seat your legs were squeezed both at the front and back as it is so tight (you also end up standing on your neighbour’s foot who has done the same thing).(We are 5ft 6” & 5ft 10”).
The show itself was funny & good, (but not as good as previous Mischief efforts), but the feeling I most remember from this show was being grateful for the interval and the end so that I could stand up and release my legs!"
"D16: "Hand to God" (February 2016). The seat seems distant from the stage, but the view was clear and cast very easy to hear. Even at that distance, the small expressions of the puppets were easy to see. So, if the seat it is on offer, it may be worth it."
"E8: "Boys in the Band" (February 2017). Bargain at £10 through GILT offer. Nice clear view, and didn't seem too far away from the action."
"H1: "The Duck House" (November 2013), (Taljaard). Not too high and a clear view, no bars in the way. Could have done with a little more legroom but otherwise not a bad seat at all."
"J9: "The Prisoner Of Second Avenue" (June 2010). (Taljaard – regular reader). Felt a bit distant, but could hear every word."
Total 700 seats.
Hearing aid loop - Infra-red headsets available, system by Williams Sound. Patrons should ask at the Stalls Bar / Concession counter which is located to the left of box office. There is no deposit required at this time, though patrons are required to leave a name, address and phone number as a security against loss of the equipment. It should also be noted that they have a limited number of headsets and they are therefore subject to availability. An ATT Major stair climber is available take wheelchair users down to the stalls, where space can be made replacing seat M1. Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the show to use this equipment. No adapted toilet on site - there is an arrangement to share the one nearby in the Adelphi Theatre. Guide dogs can stay in the theatre and watch the show though. Fuller details from Nimax Theatres on 0330 333 4815 (10am to 6pm, Monday to Friday) or email access(insert the @ symbol here)nimaxtheatres.com.
No food except Ice cream and confectionery.
Three bars; Foyer, Dress Circle and Upper Circle.
5 Toilets; Stalls 1 gents no cubicles, 1 ladies 6 cubicles; Dress Circle 1 gents 2 cubicles; Upper Circle 1 gents 1 cubicle, 1 ladies 2 cubicles.
American visitors in particular should note that this theatre does not actually stage vaudeville acts, despite its name. It is known for plays. The name came from a long previous incarnation.
Since Theatremonkey has the privilege of owning the site he wants to record that he finds the staff in this theatre are among friendliest in the West End. For encouraging this young monkey as a teenager by putting the best value tickets his way, and making him feel at home in the auditorium, thank you all.
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.
The Upper Circle is called the GRAND CIRCLE in this theatre.
Please note: The seating plans are not accurate representations of the auditorium. While we try to ensure they are as close to the actual theatre plan as possible we cannot guarantee they are a true representation. Customers with specific requirements are advised to discuss these with the theatre prior to booking to avoid any confusion.
Charing Cross - Bakerloo (brown) and Northern (black) lines. Also Main rail network terminus.
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.
Leave the station by following signs from the platforms to the STRAND street exits. Walk straight ahead into the underground shopping arcade and keep going straight on into the light. If, underground, you pass Davenports Magic shop, turn around and walk the other way.
Take the left-hand staircase up to street level. In front of you is a very busy road, the Strand. Brook Street Employment Agency must be on your right as you face the road.
If you see a side street, with Brook Street Employment Agency on your left, turn around and walk towards the busy road instead - you took the wrong stairs.
Turn to your right and walk past Brook Street Employment Agency, keep walking towards the pedestrian crossing. The theatre is on the other side of the road, past the Adelphi Theatre. The neon sign above the door, showing the play title is clearly visible as you walk.
If you pass the main station and see a large space full of taxis, you are going the wrong way. Turn around and head for Brook Street Employment Agency.
6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 30, 77A, 176. All stop outside the theatre.
A rank for Black taxis is at Charing Cross Station - a short distance from the theatre. Best chance of hailing one is in the street outside.
Trafalgar Square Spring Gardens.
From the car park, turn up the road on the left to bring you on to Trafalgar Square. Face Nelson's Column and turn to your right. Cross Whitehall and Northumberland Avenue (you'll pass a branch of Tesco and a bookshop), and walk on towards Charing Cross Station, passing more shops on the way.
Once past Charing Cross station forecourt, cross at the next pedestrian crossing. The theatre is on the other side of the road, past the Adelphi Theatre. The neon sign above the door, showing the play
The "Theatreland Parking Scheme" may be available. See www.q-park.co.uk for details and to book. At this car park, parking under the "Theatreland Parking Scheme" allows a 50% discount in cost for entry after 12 noon and for a maximum of 4 hours (after that parking is at the normal rate).
If you choose the "Theatreland Parking Scheme", you must book in advance at www.q-park.co.uk and have a theatre ticket stub dated for a theatre performance on the day you are parking there.
For a full list of car parks and theatres that participate in the 50% off theatreland scheme see www.q-park.co.uk.
"AY: In A Forest, Dark and Deep" (2011), (Taljaard). I bought a day seat for £10 and was on the front row. As the theatre has one of the lowest stages in the West End this was a fantastic bargain."
"AY: In A Forest, Dark and Deep" (Beth). We got day seats which were £10 and front row. They were brilliant views as the stage is very low, I don't think you could have asked for better seats. Comfortable seats with loads of leg room and a low stage. All excellent. However the play is quite an uncomfortable one and you are very close to the actors, they feel on top of you at some points - so beware if you are easily embarrassed!!"
"AY1 and 2: "Stepping Out" (February 2017), (Ally H). An absolute steal at £22.00 each."
“AY1 to 3: "Piaf" (October 2008). It was great to be so close and be part of the action."
“AY3 and 4: "Private Lives" (January 2010), (Thomas). We sat at first row,. First half was bit sore neck as it’s a balcony scene, and the stage was built-out. In the middle of the stage was a plant pot, so I wouldn't advise getting centre row seat as it's right in front of you. Second half was perfect as they used the whole stage and our seat is basically the best in the house I reckon. Comfortable viewing till the end."
"AY6: "This Is Going To Hurt" (July 2019). Central seat on front row. Very close to the stage so one looks up at the stage. Feels very immediate."
"AY6: "Little Voice" (October 2009). Great value at £15. You miss some little bits of the action which take place in the "upstairs" of the house, but really only 10 minutes of the whole play take place up there, and most of it you can still see."
AZ: "Piaf" (October 2008). I sat in the second row AZ - it was close but not too close, e.g. I didn't get a sore neck!"
"AZ 4: "A Woman Of No Importance" (October 2017). Day seat, (second row) for £19.50. Pretty decent seat for that price. Acceptable legroom, very good view of the stage. Stage floor was eye level for me, smaller people may have to look up a little."
"A 1 to 3: "The Ladykillers" (July 2013). With all of us being over 6ft tall, we appreciated the vast empty space and extra leg room in front of us."
"A4: "Six The Musical" (October 2021). Tons of legroom as no seat in front of you. Do have to look up a little bit. Happy with the seat as I only paid £25 as a day seat, but honestly probably would have been ok with full price here as well."
"A7: "Six The Musical" (October 2021). I noticed that the poor chap in AZ5 spent most of the show with the centre spotlight in his face. This spotlight shines out into the audience and it is used in the solo numbers that make up most of the show. On the plus side, the whole front row has the chance to interact with the cast near the end of the show."
"A9: "An Ideal Husband" (November 2010). I paid £25 through the GILT ticket offer (runs January to March each year). I'm 6ft tall and and had excellent legroom and a fantastic view (note: no one was sat in front of me, but I doubt it would have been a problem if there had been). The stage is lower than other theatres I've been to, so while you do have to look up, it isn't uncomfortable. Overall, a wonderful seat and thoroughly deserves its green status!"
A10: “Groan Ups” (September 2019). Row A was the first row, with two rows in front having been removed. This meant excellent leg room. A10 is a good central seat so doesn’t miss anything at the sides. That was the good news though; the bad news is that the stage for this production is above eye level when seated, so you are looking up all the time. Fifteen minutes into the first act is probably when the crick in the neck starts to become annoyingly painful. Also, some of the comedy in this production does take place at floor level, so there are a few moments where you miss the full effect as you’re below the level of the stage. If leg room is the critical factor for you though, then this is a good seat.
"B3:"An Ideal Husband" (June 2018). Reasonable leg room - reasonable view of stage except when actors are on far right of stage [I am quite short]."
"B10: "Lady Windermere's Fan" (February 2018). Wonderful clear view of the stage."
"B12 and 13: "Volcano" (August 2012), (Regular reader). We paid £22.12 per ticket through an online promotion. At 6ft tall my knee-caps touched the back of the two seats in front but there is plenty of space under those seats to stretch your legs and thus I would say it is fairly comfortable. The seats are perfectly staggered with the row in front meaning we had a perfect view of the entire stage. The stage itself is relatively low and therefore neither of us experienced any neckache luckily from being so close!"
"C 6, 7 and 8: "Hand to God," (February 2016), (thespyinthestalls). No problems at all - great view -perfect distance for Hand to God where it helps to be able to get close up view of Tyrone."
"C8: "The Flying Karamazov Brothers" (June 2011). Just about the right distance back and a great view."
"C8 and 9: gave a super view of the stage and were very comfortable."
"C13 and 14: "The Importance of Being Earnest" (Juy 2015). Great seats, good clear view. Legroom good."
“C17 and 18: “Masterclass,” (Chris B). These seats are to the very far right as you look at the stage and a bit too close for my liking. There is the added bonus that there is only one row in front (unoccupied for our performance so a good coat rest) but you are looking to the left the whole way through and you might miss a very small sliver of the right hand side of the stage. There is good legroom too. But I’d recommend being further back and more central if possible. However, you do get an incredibly close view of the actors facial expressions etc. and these seats would be ok if you are seeing a play with few actors and a basic set, such as Masterclass.”
"D 3 and 4: "Magic Goes Wrong" (January 2020). An excellent view of the whole stage and excellent legroom. Very happy with these! That’s another theatre crossed of the list, I thought the Vaudeville was lovely."
D11 to 13: “Groan Ups” (October 2019). . Great seats. Plenty of legroom and un-obscured view of the stage.”
"D14: (Hannah M). A bargain at £20 on student standby an hour before the performance. The view was excellent as you were far enough back not to crane your neck whilst still being close."
"Row E: (That Fulham Couple). Very close to the action but no neck crick."
"E11 and E12: Very good seats with a full view of the stage."
"E11 and E12: (James – regular reader). Excellent."
"E15 and 16: (Avril). Great seats, with an excellent view and plenty of leg room."
"E18: “Forbidden Broadway” (September 2014). Was upgraded to this from Q18! A bargain for £15. Great seat, and though your view loses a bit of the stage towards the wings, it’s really not much compared with aisle seats in other theatres – and with Forbidden Broadway not a problem at all."
"F7: "Hand to God" (March 2016). Good view, but rake is not all that noticeable in this seat. Leg room was pretty decent, and that seemed to be throughout the venue. It was a small venue, but it didn't feel at all claustrophobic."
"G7: "Magic Goes Wrong" (December 2019). A reasonably central seat, with good leg room. The rake isn’t particularly pronounced at this level but the seats are offset so there was a good view of the stage. The stage is fairly high relative to some of the front rows, but this row felt like it was about the right distance from the stage to see everything without having to look up."
"H1 and 2: "Dead Funny" (November 2016). Good comfortable seats, good view."
"H11 and H12: "The Importance of Being Earnest" (July 2015) (Roger Lovegrove). We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of legroom: we could actually stretch our legs out. The seats did seem to be slightly narrower than normal, though."
"J6 and J7: Perfect: excellent view, just the right distance from the stage."
“J11 and 12: : “What the Butler Saw,” (Chris B). These seats are nice and centrally located about halfway back in the stalls but as it is quite a small, intimate theatre, you get a good clear view and feel quite close to the stage. There is plenty of legroom and the stage is quite low so you have a good eye line with it. I would definitely recommend these seats as you are about the perfect distance from the stage, not too close, but not too far, just right, as a blonde girl once said.”
“J15 to 17: "What The Butler Saw" (March 2012). A clear view of the stage and not a bad place to sit at all. Small theatre so no-one will ever be that far from the stage whilst sat in the stalls."
"K3 and 4: (Daf). Were more than happy and could see most of the action."
"L8: "Lady Windermere's Fan" (January 2018). I had several inches between my knees and the row in front, and I'm 6'3"."
“L9 and 10: Using an offer at the time, we paid £19 each to sit in Stalls (normally £46 a seat), where legroom was perfectly adequate for someone of height 5” 8” and the view was excellent. We thought this was an absolute bargain for a show of this quality."
"L13: "Stepping Out" (March 2017), (Tonyloco). Excellent, and I certainly got my money’s worth."
"N11: "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" (June 2010), (Mark). Got for £12 through the Old Vic Young Persons' offer. Very good seat, although would obviously go for further forward if paying full price."
"Row L: "Handbagged" (April 2014) No problems with sound or vision."
"P11: "Groan Ups" (October 2019). There is an overhang but it did not matter for this play. It feels quite a long way back. I had an excellent view and plenty of legroom."
"Row R: "Handbagged" (April 2014). Second from the back, it was at times a little difficult to hear what they were saying."
"R 1 and 2: "The Importance of Being Earnest" (August 2015). We selected these seats hoping that my tall ( 6ft 4) father would have enough leg room and that my shorter mother would be able to see over the heads of the people in front. Dad reported that he had enough leg room in seat 1 and during the intervals it was useful to be able to lean against the back wall while others left and returned to their seats - good if you are a little unsteady on your feet. Despite being right at the back under the overhang the seats gave a very good view of the stage."
"Row S: "Master Class" (February 2012). The circle does overhang very low but for 'Master Class' you miss nothing. Plenty of leg room and quite comfortable. There is no amplification in this show, so as my father's hearing is not too good he had difficulty catching some dialogue - though mainly because of people fidgeting in creaky seats rather than projection from the actors."