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 705 seat reviews and 341 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 H2
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jaimecretten 5 "9, 115 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Criterion Theatre H2 view from seat photo

Decent legroom and comfortable enough seat. The seat is to the right side of the auditorium so any action at the extreme stage left is difficult to see but not very detrimental to be honest. Well priced seat with a nice close view. More

Saw The Comedy about a Bank Robbery The Comedy about a Bank Robbery on 13 February 2019

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Stalls K21
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emilydawe 88 reviews
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Criterion Theatre K21 view from seat photo

This seat is on its own with no neighbours as there is a pillar to your right. Whilst listed as restricted, the view is lacking much restriction at all. The pillar does not get in the way, and you can see the entire stage. More

Saw The Comedy about a Bank Robbery The Comedy about a Bank Robbery on 26 January 2019

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Stalls N11
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TrudyPaine 5'2", 10 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Criterion Theatre N11 view from seat photo

The majority of the stage was visible but, as some of the action took place low down and downstage, this was missed due to several heads in my direct view and no rake in the seating. As there is very little spacing between the rows, it was difficult to... More

Saw The Comedy about a Bank Robbery The Comedy about a Bank Robbery on 06 January 2019

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