Old Vic Theatre London

Seating plan

Old Vic Theatre seating plan

Old Vic Theatre Seating Plan

The Old Vic Theatre has a capacity of 998 seats, including 541 seats in the Stalls, 208 seats in the Dress Circle and 249 seats in the Lilian Baylis Circle. Use our interactive seating plan to view 1131 seat reviews and 558 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

Lilian Baylis Circle E17
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jenniepollock 4'11, 26 reviews
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Old Vic Theatre E17 view from seat photo

My back started to ache within minutes of sitting in this narrow, uncomfortable seat. I was thankful to have an empty seat to my left, or I'd have felt very cramped. I'm only short, but even I felt the legroom was rather lacking. The view was won... More

Visited 08 February 2019

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Dress Circle A25
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rukayacesar 5"7, 265 reviews, 47 helpful votes
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Old Vic Theatre A25 view from seat photo

For A Christmas Carol they had a thrust stage, therefore being in the Dress Circle didn't feel too far away from the action. Usually with a normal stage set-up with the full stalls, you can feel far from the action due to how deep the Dress Circle is... More

Visited 14 January 2019

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Stalls K20

LainerGertLush 5’4”, 47 reviews
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Old Vic Theatre K20 view from seat photo

The staging is slightly different for this production of A Christmas Carol as the stage is in a cross shape with seats surrounding either side. We got an excellent view of the actors as they passed and we felt completely absorbed in the action.... More

Saw A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol on 12 January 2019

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