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 1185 seat reviews and 566 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

Stalls R17
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heatherlay 6 reviews
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Shaftesbury Theatre R17 view from seat photo

Unfortunately the seats are very low and with a tall person in front my view was less than perfect. Spent the whole time moving my head from one side to the other to try and see the stage! The seats were not very comfortable but the legroom was good.... More

Saw Motown the Musical Motown the Musical on 18 August 2018

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Grand Circle G25
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Joe3062 5”8, 30 reviews, 7 helpful votes
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Shaftesbury Theatre G25 view from seat photo

This seat is high up so not good for people who suffer with heights! And this seat is great for legroom due to being on the end. There are hand rails at the front but really do not affect your view at all. This seat came at a low price - it was a bar... More

Saw Motown the Musical Motown the Musical on 14 July 2018

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Grand Circle G26
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Queenie 5'2, 58 reviews, 34 helpful votes
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Shaftesbury Theatre G26 view from seat photo

Although high up in the Grand circle you get a clear view of all the stage. This seat is near to the end of row so close to hand rails but was not a problem for me. Seat was OK and legroom was comfortable.... More

Saw Motown the Musical Motown the Musical on 14 July 2018

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