Shaftesbury Theatre, London

Seating plan

Shaftesbury Theatre seating plan

Shaftesbury Theatre Seating Plan

The Shaftesbury Theatre has a capacity of 1393 seats, including 750 seats in the Stalls, 380 seats in the Royal Circle and 263 seats in the Grand Circle. Use our interactive seating plan to view 2149 seat reviews and 1120 photos of views from seat.

Venue overview

Note: After the close of Motown, some changes were made to the layout including the removal of the gangway in front of Row M, meaning older reviews may be slightly inaccurate.

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

Stalls B21
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bethcourtney 5"8, 68 reviews
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Shaftesbury Theatre Stalls B21 view from seat photo

Comfortable seat with loads of legroom as you’re right at the front, however it is a bit of a strain to look up. You are warned of this and it isn’t too bad, but my neck did ache a bit. You don’t really miss any of the action due to being so close though,... More

Saw & Juliet: The Musical & Juliet: The Musical on 18 January 2020

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Grand Circle A7
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livb 5'6, 207 reviews, 41 helpful votes
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Shaftesbury Theatre Grand Circle A7 view from seat photo

Legroom is very tight because this is a bench seat - so people can't get past, unfortunately you need to leave the row so that they can get through! This is sold as restricted view, but I found that the rail didn't bother me at all. Excellent seat,... More

Saw & Juliet: The Musical & Juliet: The Musical on 04 January 2020

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Stalls X14
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ambervictoriabray 4'10, 137 reviews, 5 helpful votes
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Shaftesbury Theatre Stalls X14 view from seat photo

the seat is one row from the back of the theatre, so is far away from the stage, however you can still see everything. you are quite far underneath the overhang, however it doesn’t obstruct any of the set. there is a good amount of legroom and the seat... More

Saw & Juliet: The Musical & Juliet: The Musical on 06 January 2020

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