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 1239 seat reviews and 615 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

Grand Circle A7

amijepson 1 reviews
Shaftesbury Theatre Grand Circle A7 view from seat photo

Good view of the stage, could see everything. Only downside is having the safety rail in front of you but it doesn’t stop you from seeing anything. Being the first row, the leg room wasn’t very roomie. But worth the money for the cheaper seats. More

Saw Motown the Musical Motown the Musical on 12 April 2019

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Stalls M29

olivermcintosh 4 reviews
Shaftesbury Theatre Stalls M29 view from seat photo

Couldn't really pick a better seat in the house. Loads of legroom due to having a walkway infront. You can stretch out your legs to your heart's content, except at the interval otherwise you'll be tripping up people walking past! Great view, good distance... More

Saw Motown the Musical Motown the Musical on 12 January 2019

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Royal Circle E32

susieburley 6 reviews
Shaftesbury Theatre Royal Circle E32 view from seat photo

Fab view of the stage. Legroom was OK for me as I am only 5ft otherwise this could be quite tight. The only downside was that it is an aisle seat and you have to get up and down as people are entering the show and bathroom stops. I received this ticket... More

Saw Motown the Musical Motown the Musical on 29 September 2018

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