Novello Theatre, London

Seating plan

Novello Theatre seating plan

Novello Theatre Seating Plan

The Novello Theatre has a capacity of 1084 seats, including 479 seats in the Stalls, 249 seats in the Dress Circle, 214 seats in the Grand Circle and 142 seats in the Balcony. Use our interactive seating plan to view 1083 seat reviews and 502 photos of views from seat.

Venue overview

The Novello Theatre dates back to 1905, when it originally opened as the Waldorf Theatre. Built as a twin to the Aldwych Theatre, they bookend the famous Aldwych. Throughout the 20th century, the venue was known as the Strand Theatre until it was renamed in 2005 to honour musician Ivor Novello who lived in a flat above the theatre. The Novello was home to the RSC for a while before housing Mamma Mia! since 2012.

Built in a traditional Victorian style, the theatre has a classic façade. Constructed over four levels, the auditorium seats over 1,000 people, with the majority of seats in the Stalls. The auditorium is narrow and thin, with shorter rows making it feel very high. The best seats are in the well-raked Stalls, which have no obstructions.

Good value seats

Slips in the Dress Circle are often discounted as they offer a side-view of the action. These are often good value for money as they still allow you to enjoy the production without restriction. Sitting in the higher tiers can encounter more restrictions, but seats are much cheaper here.

Premium seats

Premium seats can be found in the centre of the Stalls, around Row M. Sitting centrally in the Novello allows for an excellent overall view of the stage, with steep rakes ensuring that audience members will not block your view.

Recent seat reviews

Dress Circle AA8
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mynamemolly 5'1, 119 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Novello Theatre AA8 view from seat photo

Tight legroom, but not too much discomfort. End of the row helps, especially for speedy getaways. Offers a really clear, up-close view and doesn't really require too much leaning. Reasonably priced, would argue they could be cheaper. But overall a decent... More

Saw Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia! on 08 June 2019

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Dress Circle AA1
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mynamemolly 5'1, 119 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Novello Theatre AA1 view from seat photo

I'm quite short but I personally struggled with the comfort of this seat, my legs felt cramped and my knee was touching the wall, and you have to lean a lot to be able to see the full stage. But, if you can grin and bear the discomfort, it actually offers... More

Saw Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia! on 08 June 2019

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Balcony C7
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allenmaher 5’ 8, 169 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Novello Theatre C7 view from seat photo

Seat is located towards the end of row. Not easy for access. Legroom is limited. View is not great. It’s feels like you are watching from directly above the actors which I found strange. View of all the front of the stage is obscured by the safety rails... More

Saw Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia! on 16 May 2019

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