Theatre Royal, Brighton

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Theatre Royal seating plan

Theatre Royal Seating Plan

The Theatre Royal has a capacity of 966 seats, including 361 seats in the Stalls, 235 seats in the Royal Circle, 160 seats in the Second Circle and 210 seats in the Gallery. Use our interactive seating plan to view 81 seat reviews and 46 photos of views from seat.

Venue overview

One of the country’s oldest working theatres, the Theatre Royal Brighton is a grade II listed building that originated in 1766. Originally the site of Barn Hall, the Prince of Wales gave his Royal Assent to build the Theatre Royal Brighton in 1806, with the venue first opening in 1807 with Charles Kemble starring in Hamlet and The Weather Cock. Over the years, the Theatre Royal experienced numerous owners who abandoned the theatre through fear of financial ruin. 1854 saw actor Henry John Nye Chart turn the theatre’s fortunes around, embarking on expanding and renovating the theatre with renowned architect Charles James Phipps.

In 1876, Henry’s wife, Ellen Elizabeth Nye Chart, took over management, securing the theatre’s reputation as one of the most prestigious venues outside of London. Introducing matinees as well annual Christmas pantomimes, she became one of the first women theatre managers. By the end of the 19th century, legendary actors such as Sarah Bernhardt, Edmund Kean, David Garrick and Sir Henry Irving had graced the stage. Henrik Ibsen premiered a UK production of A Doll’s House at the venue, sparking its use as a pre-West End venue for playwrights such as Terence Rattigan, Noel Coward and Joe Orton. Over the years, stars such as Dame Judi Dench, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Marlene Dietrich have also performed at the Theatre Royal Brighton.

At the beginning of the 21st century, the theatre was purchased by ATG and continues to host large touring productions such as Sunny Afternoon and Cats. The Theatre Royal also has alliances with the English Touring Theatre Company, Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. With a seating capacity of 952, the theatre is one of the smaller touring venues in the UK. Split across four seating levels, the Stalls, Royal Circle, Second Circle and Gallery, the Theatre Royal Brighton is reflective of West End Theatres in both décor and space.

Good value seats

Seats that offer the best value can be found in the centre of each section, with great value specifically located in the middle of the Stalls and Royal Circle. These seats offer the best views for a great price! Alternatively, seats towards the ends of the rows in the Royal Circle and Second Circle offer good value for the price. Sitting in the centre of the Gallery may be distant, but is significantly reduced in price.

Premium seats

Premium seats are located predominantly in the Stalls and Royal Circle. Sitting towards the front and centre of the Stalls offers a premium view for a premium price. It is worth sitting further forward than a seat towards the rear of the Stalls for the same price.

Recent seat reviews

Royal Circle B4
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rochellebalboa 5"9, 130 reviews, 24 helpful votes
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Theatre Royal Royal Circle B4 view from seat photo

Legroom and comfort were nice here but the view was a bit hit and miss in this area of the circle. There isn't much rake so the people in row A were actually almost on the same level as me. Also due to the curve of the circle here I had to peer around... More

Saw The Rocky Horror Show The Rocky Horror Show on 18 December 2018

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Royal Circle A21
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davidbn2 5'11", 16 reviews
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Theatre Royal Royal Circle A21 view from seat photo

Perfect view of the stage. Due to the shape of the Royal Circle, the seats face towards the centre of the theatre rather than the stage so you find yourself turned to the right a bit - it might bother some people with neck/back issues. More

Saw Strangers on a Train Strangers on a Train on 10 January 2018

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Stalls J14
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rebeccacran 5'6", 86 reviews
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Theatre Royal Stalls J14 view from seat photo

Right in the middle of the stalls, so none of the stage was hidden. The seats are raked so the view was very good; legroom and seat comfort were fairly average, what you'd expect to find in an ATG theatre. Not much space for bigger bags but a smaller... More

Saw The Mikado The Mikado on 15 June 2017

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