Old Vic Theatre, London

Seating plan

Old Vic Theatre seating plan

Old Vic Theatre Seating Plan

The Old Vic Theatre has a capacity of 1027 seats, including 550 seats in the Stalls, 208 seats in the Dress Circle and 269 seats in the Lilian Baylis Circle. Use our interactive seating plan to view 1256 seat reviews and 671 photos of views from seat.

Venue overview

The Old Vic Theatre dates back to 1818, when it was first used as a playhouse. It became heavily associated with Lillian Baylis in the 1900's, who turned the venue around by presenting Shakespeare plays and seasons of opera and ballet, before moving to what is now known as Sadler's Wells. In WWII, the building suffered terrible bomb damage but was later restored. Kevin Spacey was the Old Vic's Artistic Director before stepping down and being replaced by Matthew Warchus.

A versatile building, the Old Vic sees musicals, plays and dance pieces performed and has previously adapted the auditorium into the round. The shape of the stage can be extended, and the auditorium is built in a semi-circle that offers a variety of views. Prices differ depending on where you choose to sit.

Good value seats

Sit in the back two "restricted view" rows of the Stalls for an exceptionally clear view of the stage without obstruction. The only downside is that the stage is slightly far away, but there is plenty of legroom! Otherwise, sit in the Lilian Baylis Circle for some potential bargains.

Premium seats

Sit in the mid-front of the Stalls for the best overall view of the stage and a guarantee of no restrictions. The best rows are E-L, sitting as centrally as possible. Alternatively, sit in rows A-D of the Dress Circle for a great panoramic view of the stage.

Recent seat reviews

Dress Circle C18
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jenniepollock 4'11, 33 reviews
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Old Vic Theatre C18 view from seat photo

Anyone taller than me (5ft) should have a perfect view from this seat - as long as the person in front sits back in theirs instead of sitting on the edge of their seat as the lady in front of me insisted on doing (pictured). It's beautifully central,... More

Saw Present Laughter Present Laughter on 17 June 2019

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Dress Circle C26
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rikkiONshow 178cm, 240 reviews, 3 helpful votes
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Old Vic Theatre C26 view from seat photo

Although there are warnings for this seat as it's behind a slim pillar, it's placed just enough to the side that it will be in eye line but won't block any of the view for you. It might bother you at first but after a short while, you'll forget it's there.... More

Saw All My Sons All My Sons on 05 June 2019

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Lilian Baylis Circle A16
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amyanye 160cm, 33 reviews
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Old Vic Theatre A16 view from seat photo

This is a really central seat with a good view of all the stage. The safety rail is in sight, but doesn't really block very much as you can see above/below it. There's not a huge amount of leg room, my tall friend struggled, but ok if you're a bit shorter. More

Saw All My Sons All My Sons on 06 June 2019

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