Shaftesbury Theatre Seating plan

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Shaftesbury Theatre seating plan

Shaftesbury Theatre Seating Plan

The Shaftesbury Theatre has a capacity of 1308 seats, including 654 seats in the Stalls, 391 seats in the Royal Circle and 263 seats in the Grand Circle. Use our interactive seating plan to view 1050 seat reviews and 496 photos of views from seat.

Venue overview

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 A20
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hayleyculverhouse5"5, 144 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Shaftesbury Theatre A20 view from seat photo

Comfortable seat but not a lot of legroom. But the advantage of being at the front and centre of the grand circle is that you don't have anybody's head in front of you blocking your view of the stage. There is a hand rail in front which does restrict... More

Saw Motown the Musical Motown the Musical on 11 November 2017

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Royal Circle J8
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kendalllouise905"4', 61 reviews
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Shaftesbury Theatre J8 view from seat photo

The seat is great for the price. You are at the back of the circle but you can still make out all facial expressions. You can see everything that happens on the stage. We didn't have anybody sit in front of us for quite a few rows, but I can i... More

Saw Motown the Musical Motown the Musical on 09 November 2017

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Stalls N34
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Charmainf5ft 4", 126 reviews, 8 helpful votes
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Shaftesbury Theatre N34 view from seat photo

This is a surprisingly good seat. Perhaps the seats could be refurbished but they are okay. Leg room is okay but not enough to cross your legs and a bit tight for people getting past in to the row. Seat is at the end of the row so I could put bag/coa... More

Saw Motown the Musical Motown the Musical on 04 November 2017

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