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 891 seat reviews and 415 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 A8
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nadiayasmin 6 reviews
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Criterion Theatre Stalls A8 view from seat photo

Even though to begin with it seems a little bit too close, once you get used to it the view is great. Stage is roughly shoulder height (I'm 5,5) so not too much craning neck up to look. For those who have seen in before you'll know there's a scene in... More

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

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Upper Circle A14
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HeyImMark 171cm, 28 reviews
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Criterion Theatre Upper Circle A14 view from seat photo

Could see all the stage well, there is no bar blocking the view like most grand circles have. Feel a little far from the stage, but not much because it’s quite a small theatre. Brilliant value for the money paid. More

Saw The Comedy about a Bank Robbery The Comedy about a Bank Robbery on 22 September 2019

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Stalls A7
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stevesherwin 6”1, 70 reviews, 2 helpful votes
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Criterion Theatre Stalls A7 view from seat photo

There are a lot of stairs down to this seat and therefore subsequently back up after the show so is something to have in mind for any seat in the stalls. The seat is front row to the side but the view is great. The stage is very low and is below eye... More

Saw The Comedy about a Bank Robbery The Comedy about a Bank Robbery on 05 October 2019

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