National Theatre - Olivier, London

Seating plan

National Theatre - Olivier seating plan

National Theatre - Olivier Seating Plan

The National Theatre - Olivier has a capacity of 1127 seats, including 609 seats in the Stalls and 518 seats in the Circle. Use our interactive seating plan to view 1480 seat reviews and 948 photos of views from seat.

Venue overview

The Olivier Theatre is the largest auditorium at the National Theatre. Built in an amphitheatre style, the auditorium is a large semi-circle that surrounds the circular stage, which changes shape per performance. The theatre was based on the Ancient Greek theatre at Epidaurus, which had an open stage and fan-shaped auditorium.

Seating is split across two levels, with the best views and more expensive seating in the middle of the Stalls. Clear views are available from almost every seat, with a variety of angles available due to the shape of the seating.

Good value seats

The National Theatre offers an excellent Entry Pass scheme for under 25's, allowing tickets to be bought at £5. Seats bought on this scheme are usually located towards the front and offer sensational views of the stage. Alternatively, sit in the rear or at the far sides of the Stalls for a completely unobstructed view of the stage, which may only be at a slight angle.

Premium seats

The best seats in the theatre are located in the centre of the Stalls, facing the stage head-on. Sit towards the front of the Stalls to feel entirely immersed in the action, or towards the rear for a more panoramic view of the large stage. Seats are similarly priced due to great views throughout.

Recent seat reviews

Stalls C11
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joc78 5"4, 419 reviews, 4 helpful votes
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National Theatre - Olivier Stalls C11 view from seat photo

This seat is on the end of the row so you have plenty of space to stretch your legs. The view is outstanding as you are so close to the stage. The only drawback is the seat has no backrest or arm rest so it can get a bit uncomfortable after a while. More

Visited 15 January 2020

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Stalls C22
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vivalabeat 172 cm, 188 reviews, 11 helpful votes
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National Theatre - Olivier Stalls C22 view from seat photo

Front rows of the Olivier stalls are very close to the stage, no obstructions, slightly limited legroom but if you're not too tall, should be OK. One of the best things about it as there're no seats behind it, so no need to worry about being in someone's... More

Visited 30 December 2019

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Stalls C34
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joc78 5"4, 419 reviews, 4 helpful votes
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National Theatre - Olivier Stalls C34 view from seat photo

This seat is very close to the stage so the view is near perfect - you feel so close to the action. The only negative is the hard seat which can get uncomfortable sitting there for a while (as there is no back or arm rest). There is very limited leg... More

Visited 09 January 2020

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