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 619 seat reviews and 287 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 N11
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TrudyPaine 5'2", 7 reviews
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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 ... More

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

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Stalls A10
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bryonyjameson 5"7, 75 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Criterion Theatre A10 view from seat photo

Front row! The stage isn't too high, so this isn't a theatre to worry about that. You're very close to the action which makes the show even more fun. There was even a moment where a prop fell off the stage (completely accidentally) and the audience m... More

Saw The Comedy about a Bank Robbery The Comedy about a Bank Robbery on 22 September 2018

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Stalls F8
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rochellebalboa 5"9, 118 reviews, 23 helpful votes
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Criterion Theatre F8 view from seat photo

There's a good view here but the rake in the Stalls isn't brilliant so even at my height I found myself trying to look round the heads in front of me. Normally I would favour the Circle in this theatre for this reason, but these seats were still real... More

Saw The Comedy about a Bank Robbery The Comedy about a Bank Robbery on 12 August 2018

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