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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.

Accessible Seats

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Getting into the Venue
There is level access into the Shaftesbury Theatre main entrance, which is situated on Shaftesbury Avenue. An alternative entrance at the side of the theatre leads directly to accessible seating in the Royal Circle as well as the bar. The foyer can be accessed through double doors. A drop-off point is located outside the theatre.

All sections of the theatre must be accessed by stairs as there is no customer lift available.

Customer Assistance
Staff are on hand to assist with navigation throughout the theatre. Doors are constantly manned and patrons who wish to use the alternative entrance should notify a member of staff who will assist them. An at-seat service is available for patrons who are unable to access the bars.

Transfers are available to Box E and Row A of the Royal Circle and it is recommended that those wishing to transfer bring a companion. Front of House staff are able to store wheelchairs for the duration of the performance. The theatre has a wheelchair available for loan.

How to Book
For those who require special assistance or wish to book wheelchair spaces, it is important to book in advance and notify the theatre of any special requirements. Access patrons and their companions are eligible to significant discounts with access rates.

For further information and accessibility booking, please call: 020 7379 5399 or email:
  • Motown the Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London

    Motown the Musical

    The smash hit Broadway show, Motown, arrived in London in 2016. Featuring a book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, this Tony Award winning musical tells the story of the creation of the label that invented the sound of a generation and is packed full of 50 of Motown’s famous hits.

    Booking from 23 Jun 2017 to 24 Feb 2018

Past Shows


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.

Location and Map

210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP