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 1224 seat reviews and 756 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 A28
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bryonyjameson 5"7, 85 reviews, 2 helpful votes
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National Theatre - Olivier A28 view from seat photo

THE BEST VIEW IN THE HOUSE! You can't fault this view in the Olivier Theatre. You're so close to the action, you don't strain your neck too much looking up from this seat either. You just forget the rest of the audience and lose yourself in the whole... More

Saw Follies Follies on 21 March 2019

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Stalls B28
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sondheimkid 170, 169 reviews, 25 helpful votes
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National Theatre - Olivier B28 view from seat photo

Great seat that will make you appreciate all the nuance of the acting and details of the set/costume design. It might feel slightly lateral at times, especially for a show like Follies clearly designed to be fully appreciated from a frontal perspective.... More

Saw Follies Follies on 26 February 2019

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Circle A20
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sondheimkid 170, 169 reviews, 25 helpful votes
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National Theatre - Olivier A20 view from seat photo

Excellent seat: you're far enough to grasp the whole stage but still close enough to appreciate the nuance of the acting. It's ideal for a show with many things going on all over the stage or that involves choreography (eg: Follies). Nice legroom and... More

Visited 29 March 2019

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