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 1012 seat reviews and 451 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

Grand Circle A24
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eroot 160 cm, 56 reviews
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Novello Theatre A24 view from seat photo

View from this seat is not very good as you miss some of the action on the left side of the stage plus there is a safety bar in the view, so I had to lean forward for most of the play. Also, the seat was very uncomfortable and had a very little legroom. More

Saw Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia! on 14 December 2018

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Grand Circle G22
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mynamemolly 5'1, 110 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Novello Theatre G22 view from seat photo

View is better than the image makes out, I could see all of the action really clearly. For a generally cheaper price band, the back of grand circle can offer a really great overall view. You're a little distant but not painfully so. Comfort and legroom... More

Saw Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia! on 06 April 2019

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Stalls D15
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sarahward 5 foot, 265 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Novello Theatre D15 view from seat photo

The seat had the best view that I have seen for a ages. I was slap bang in the centre of the row. I could see everything that was happening during the performance. The seat was very comfortable I was very relaxed while enjoying watching Mamma Mia. There... More

Saw Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia! on 17 December 2018

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