Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Capacity
The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse has a capacity of 353 seats.Use our interactive seating plan to view 147 seat reviews and 141 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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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.
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.