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 1378 seat reviews and 564 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 F23
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hannahcharlton 5'8, 9 reviews
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Novello Theatre Dress Circle F23 view from seat photo

Tickets bought on the day so didn't have a lot of choice, seats were comfortable with reasonable legroom and a decent view although a back corner of the stage was a little cut off due to seats being to the side of the theatre. In all, really good last-minute... More

Saw Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia! on 05 February 2019

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Grand Circle AA9
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allenmaher 5’ 8, 186 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Novello Theatre Grand Circle AA9 view from seat photo

Towards the end of the slips stage left. Not great for legroom and awkward for others to access their seats as there simply is no room. View from seat if you sit back is awful. You see very little of the stage. However if you lean forward the view is... More

Saw Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia! on 20 July 2019

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Grand Circle AA10
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allenmaher 5’ 8, 186 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Novello Theatre Grand Circle AA10 view from seat photo

Slip seat stage left. Legroom is very limited. View if you sit back in your seat is pretty awful - you see about 25% of the stage. However you can lean forward as there are no seats behind. This gives an excellent view of all the stage. However if you... More

Saw Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia! on 20 July 2019

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