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 1733 seat reviews and 774 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 N32
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small-sophie 160cm, 55 reviews, 12 helpful votes
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Shaftesbury Theatre Stalls N32 view from seat photo

This seat was great! Even though it was situated towards the end of a row, the view was excellent. The seat felt close to the stage, and no action was missed. The legroom was really good, and the seat was comfortable. I would recommend this seat! More

Saw The Illusionists The Illusionists on 28 July 2019

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Royal Circle B5
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jessamybennett 5'4", 60 reviews
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Shaftesbury Theatre Royal Circle B5 view from seat photo

Seat was overall very good. Plenty of legroom and we were able to shuffle around to remain comfortable without disturbing anyone. The seats were very well staggered and there were not obstructions to my view. More

Saw The Illusionists The Illusionists on 03 August 2019

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Stalls M27
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amandareynolds 5"6, 89 reviews, 2 helpful votes
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Shaftesbury Theatre Stalls M27 view from seat photo

Very good view of the stage. I didn't have a problem with leg room but I think if you were tall you might find it a tad tight. Rake isn't that great so you might struggle if you have a tall person in front. More

Saw The Illusionists The Illusionists on 15 July 2019

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