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 1816 seat reviews and 851 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 B12

cursedchildobsessed 5"4, 14 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Shaftesbury Theatre Stalls B12 view from seat photo

The stage is fairly high so some action may be missed at the very back but it is great being so close and so immersed, you feel like you're a part of the show. The seat itself is very comfortable and the unlimited legroom makes it even better! More

Saw & Juliet: The Musical & Juliet: The Musical on 19 November 2019

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Stalls J6
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jimd3 5' 10", 17 reviews
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Shaftesbury Theatre Stalls J6 view from seat photo

Seats in this theatre are very snug, and I'm not a massive guy (5'10", average build). They also feel slightly too low as you sit down. For & Juliet, this seat is at the end of the row, so one leg is squashed behind the seat in front, but one can be stretched... More

Saw & Juliet: The Musical & Juliet: The Musical on 18 November 2019

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Stalls C16
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sarahward 5 foot, 309 reviews, 6 helpful votes
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Shaftesbury Theatre Stalls C16 view from seat photo

My view was incredible I could see every thing that was happening during the show. I thought that I was too close but it was was ok. I had a smashing amount of legroom so that I could enjoy the show. The seat was very comfortable. More

Saw & Juliet: The Musical & Juliet: The Musical on 16 November 2019

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