Criterion Theatre, London

Seating plan

Criterion Theatre seating plan

Criterion Theatre Seating Plan

The Criterion Theatre has a capacity of 581 seats, including 365 seats in the Stalls, 151 seats in the Dress Circle and 65 seats in the Upper Circle. Use our interactive seating plan to view 937 seat reviews and 442 photos of views from seat.

Venue overview

The Criterion Theatre is situated in the heart of London’s busy Piccadilly Circus. Dating back to 1874, the venue is one of London's most traditional theatres, which makes it notoriously difficult for access users. With beautiful decor and a seating capacity of 588, the theatre is well-suited to comedies and smaller plays, with a long history of variety shows and music hall. Currently, the theatre hosts the hugely popular The Comedy About a Bank Robbery.

Built across three levels, the auditorium is fairly intimate, and offers good views throughout, with all seats feeling close to the stage. Support pillars are dotted throughout the seating, which can cause obstruction in the Stalls and Dress Circle. Seats affected are sold as restricted view.

Good value seats

Because of the number of pillars in the venue, some seats are severely discounted, which can occasionally provide decent value for money. Alternatively, sitting in the front row of the Upper Circle is an excellent choice. Sit in seats towards the ends of the rows for a superb view of the stage on a hugely discounted price.

Premium seats

Premium seats are located in the front row of the Dress Circle in seats 12-21, with central Stalls seating also being excellent. These seats provide the best overall views of the stage and feel incredibly close to the action.

Recent seat reviews

Stalls F6

Silbury1 22 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Criterion Theatre Stalls F6 view from seat photo

You were very close to the actors which really added to the atmosphere. There was lots of legroom. The view was mostly amazing there were little bits which were obstructed by heads but I think that was just because of the tall person infant and it was... More

Saw The Comedy about a Bank Robbery The Comedy about a Bank Robbery on 12 January 2020

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Dress Circle C2
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megansekinsey 5" 2, 50 reviews, 24 helpful votes
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Criterion Theatre Dress Circle C2 view from seat photo

This seat is sold as restricted view but it’s really not that bad at all. The bar in front really didn’t get in my way due to my height enabling me to see both through the gap and above the bar. You don’t have direct seats in front which is great for... More

Saw The Comedy about a Bank Robbery The Comedy about a Bank Robbery on 07 April 2019

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Stalls G24
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nadiayasmin 8 reviews
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Criterion Theatre Stalls G24 view from seat photo

For the price of these seats I really can't complain, your view is not obstructed by heads as the angle means you're looking between everyone. I would say if you are going for a side-view seat definitely go on this side of the stage. As someone who's... More

Saw The Comedy about a Bank Robbery The Comedy about a Bank Robbery on 23 November 2019

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