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 1509 seat reviews and 973 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 K19

elliotcross 29 reviews
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National Theatre - Olivier Stalls K19 view from seat photo

Close enough to the stage to see the actor's expressions clearly, but far enough away to see everything that was going on. Legroom and comfort is fantastic as ever in the National Theatre. I'd be seriously tempted to pay the premium for this seat in the... More

Saw The Visit, or The Old Lady Comes to Call The Visit, or The Old Lady Comes to Call on 02 March 2020

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Stalls A29
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sondheimkid 170, 191 reviews, 25 helpful votes
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National Theatre - Olivier Stalls A29 view from seat photo

The view is excellent - if slightly lateral - and will let you enjoy every detail of the design and nuance of the acting. The first four rows of the Olivier are rather uncomfortable because of the lack of armrests, but row A at least has the perk of having... More

Visited 29 February 2020

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Stalls A28
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bryonyjameson 5"7, 120 reviews, 2 helpful votes
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National Theatre - Olivier Stalls A28 view from seat photo

Excellent view, slightly steep for your neck but by no way the worst theatre for this. Much more legroom on this row due to overhang of the stage compared to the behind rows. The seats are quite narrow and the seat is a wee bit uncomfortable after a 5... More

Visited 20 November 2019

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