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 1425 seat reviews and 896 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 L8
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mickeyjotheatre 5"11', 105 reviews, 9 helpful votes
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National Theatre - Olivier Stalls L8 view from seat photo

The entire stage was visible from the seat, every seat in the Olivier auditorium seems to have a brilliant view, and though this section is more 'on the side', the full stage remains visible throughout with no obstructions to the production. More

Saw Peter Gynt Peter Gynt on 14 September 2019

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Stalls G8
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gmr 180, 161 reviews, 3 helpful votes
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National Theatre - Olivier Stalls G8 view from seat photo

Can highly recommend this seat - it's very comfortable and provides plenty of legroom. The view is great but it's not always easy to see facial expressions. Would choose a seat a little closer to the stage if that was important to you, otherwise a really... More

Saw Peter Gynt Peter Gynt on 28 September 2019

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Stalls J37
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rikkiONshow 178cm, 285 reviews, 4 helpful votes
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National Theatre - Olivier Stalls J37 view from seat photo

For the most part, sitting here is comfortable as the seats are reasonably cushioned but there is limited leg room because of the style of seating in the Olivier theatre. The view though from here is excellent and you feel a good distance away from the... More

Saw Peter Gynt Peter Gynt on 20 September 2019

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