Shaftesbury Theatre seating plan

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Shaftesbury Theatre seating plan

Shaftesbury Theatre Seating Plan

The Shaftesbury Theatre has a capacity of 1308 seats, including 654 seats in the Stalls, 391 seats in the Royal Circle and 263 seats in the Grand Circle. Use our interactive seating plan to view 1112 seat reviews and 538 photos of views from seat.

Venue overview

The Shaftesbury Theatre was designed by Bertie Crewe and opened as the New Prince's Theatre in 1911. It was the last theatre to be built on Shaftesbury Avenue. After hosting a number of Broadway transfers, the ceiling collapsed during a performance of Hair in 1973, forcing the long-running show to close after just under 2,000 performances. The theatre went under a major refurbishment in 2006, and upon reopening it has hosted Hairspray, Flashdance, Rock of Ages and Motown the Musical amongst many more.

With a seating capacity of 1,400, the Shaftesbury Theatre is a mid-sized venue split across three levels. The front Stalls are split into two sections, with the two aisles in the rear Stalls splitting the back into a further three. The Royal and Grand Circles suffer from some sight-line problems in certain rows which causes the back of the stage to be obscured.

Good value seats

Bargains can be found towards the rear of the Royal Circle, which can feel distant from the stage but still offers an overall good view. Seats in the Grand Circle are often reduced, but try to sit centrally in seats 14-24 to avoid as much restriction as possible.

Premium seats

The best in the Shaftesbury Theatre are located in the centre of the Stalls, in rows D-H, seats 10-26. Sitting centrally allows for the best overall experience as you can see the entire stage. The front rows of the Royal Circle also offer great views, particularly in rows A-D, seats 12-24.

Recent seat reviews

Royal Circle G10
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jonrhys 5' 11", 4 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Shaftesbury Theatre G10 view from seat photo

Very comfortably padded fold down seat with excellent commanding view of the stage area. No problem 'seeing' through and between patrons in front of you as these seats are perfectly 'off set'. Oddly there's a 'small ledge' approx 2"-3" in height runn... More

Saw Motown the Musical Motown the Musical on 28 April 2018

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Stalls O32
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sarahemily8 59 reviews, 8 helpful votes
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Shaftesbury Theatre O32 view from seat photo

This seat is just over half way back and provides a good view of the stage. You do feel a bit distant so I wouldn’t go much further back. There isn’t much rake in this theatre so at times I struggled to see as there was a tall person in front of me.... More

Saw Motown the Musical Motown the Musical on 06 March 2018

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Stalls T11

jonnydavid 7 reviews
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Shaftesbury Theatre T11 view from seat photo

The seats are not the biggest but I still had plenty of room. They sit under the overhang so the top part of the stage is cut off however it never restricts any part of the show. I’m 6dt 2 and had plenty of leg room. I cannot complain really with the... More

Saw Motown the Musical Motown the Musical on 06 January 2018

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