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 1023 seat reviews and 504 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 A14
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ryandawe 5"8, 353 reviews
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Criterion Theatre Stalls A14 view from seat photo

Brilliant seat, plenty of legroom and good comfort. No problem with the view, but you are a little close to the stage and, due to this productions staging, have to look directly up a few times (no spoilers!) More

Saw The Comedy about a Bank Robbery The Comedy about a Bank Robbery on 15 March 2020

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Stalls B3

emilykirsten 5’3, 265 reviews, 4 helpful votes
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Criterion Theatre Stalls B3 view from seat photo

You miss some moments in the back right corner, but otherwise the view is excellent and close. The seat is fairly comfortable with a bit of extra legroom as you’re on the end of the row. I wouldn’t hesitate to sit here again for a reasonable price. More

Saw The Comedy about a Bank Robbery The Comedy about a Bank Robbery on 25 January 2020

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Stalls D2
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emilykirsten 5’3, 265 reviews, 4 helpful votes
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Criterion Theatre Stalls D2 view from seat photo

Due to the seat being very far to the right, you do miss some moments, particularly in the second half, but you see a lot more than the ‘severely restricted’ ticket suggests. For the vast majority of the show you can see everything and the seat is nice... More

Saw The Comedy about a Bank Robbery The Comedy about a Bank Robbery on 11 February 2020

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