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 1455 seat reviews and 923 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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sondheimkid 170, 180 reviews, 25 helpful votes
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National Theatre - Olivier Stalls A28 view from seat photo

The lack of armrests is not ideal for comfort, but this seat offers the largest legroom in the entire theatre, in addition to letting you enjoy every nuance of the acting and detail of the design. Very recommended! More

Visited 05 December 2019

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Stalls C13
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rikkiONshow 178cm, 312 reviews, 3 helpful votes
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National Theatre - Olivier Stalls C13 view from seat photo

The seats in the first few rows are rather uncomfortable as they're missing half of the back and also, the leg room is severely limited. Having said that, for most productions these seats will be hugely discounted and you get an amazingly close view of... More

Visited 03 December 2019

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Stalls A28
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sondheimkid 170, 180 reviews, 25 helpful votes
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National Theatre - Olivier Stalls A28 view from seat photo

Although the lack of armrests makes it a bit uncomfortable, this seat offers the largest legroom in the house. The view might be slightly lateral, but the closeness to the stage will let you enjoy every detail of the design and every nuance of the acting. More

Visited 29 November 2019

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