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Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
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Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Capacity

The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse has a capacity of 353 seats.Use our interactive seating plan to view 42 seat reviews and 38 photos of views from seat.

The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is a compact venue with three levels, the Pit, Lower Gallery and Upper Gallery. There is a small gallery behind the stage which is sometimes on sale to theatregoers and the back two rows of the Upper Gallery are standing spaces. Each section comprises benched seating, arranged on three sides of the stage. In both Galleries, there are pillars in front of and to the side of some seats which restrict the view. The Upper Gallery is also quite steep, so you will be looking directly down. However, in a venue this intimate you are unlikely to feel disconnected from the performance.

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Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Seating Plan

Good value seats

The Upper Gallery has very cheap seats which are actually standing spaces. These are not suitable for anyone under 4ft and you may need to lean forward at times, but they are a good budget option. If you would rather sit down, the back row of the Lower Gallery is particularly good value because you can lean on the wall behind.

Premium seats

The best views at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse are in the Pit, facing head-on to the stage. Actors often enter and exit down the aisles so these are the best seats for feeling completely immersed in the magic of a candlelit performance.

Recent Audience Views

Playhouse Lower Gallery BB1

catherine9 5' 9", 67 reviews, 2 helpful votes
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Playhouse Lower Gallery BB1 view from seat photo

This seat is at the side of the stage, second row, so very close to the actors, and a great view, although side-on, with no pillars in the way. As with all the seats in this theatre, it's a cushioned bench without a backrest, which got uncomfortab... More

Saw Henry V Henry V on 03 February 2023


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Playhouse Lower Gallery A6

jbrown15 181 reviews, 4 helpful votes
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Playhouse Lower Gallery A6 view from seat photo

Great view, despite being sold as restricted, no action is missed. Only complaint is that the seat is right on the step so your feet aren't on the same level which is very uncomfortable, unless you can get the rest of the row to shuffle down for y... More

Saw Henry V Henry V on 11 November 2022


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