New Theatre Oxford

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New Theatre Oxford Seating Plan

The New Theatre Oxford has a capacity of 1785 seats, including 816 seats in the Stalls, 556 seats in the Circle and 413 seats in the Balcony. Use our interactive seating plan to view 208 seat reviews and 155 photos of views from seat.

Venue overview

The New Theatre Oxford is the city’s main commercial venue, first opening in 1836 as the ‘Vic’, which later changed to the ‘Theatre Royale’ after the theatre’s resident company. By 1880, the building was completely run-down after hosting concerts and music hall entertainment. In 1886, the Oxford University Dramatic Society opened the 1,000-seat capacity ‘New Theatre’, designed by H.G.W. Drinkwater, with a production of Twelfth Night. After a fire damaged the theatre in 1892, 1908 saw Stanley Dorrill commission well-known theatre architects William and T.R. Milburn to redesign the interior, who teamed up with T.P Bennett and Sons to create the current art deco interior. Capacity increased to 1,200.

Over the years, the New Theatre Oxford has experienced several different owners and name changes before coming into the current ownership of ATG. In 1934, the venue reopened with a revolving stage and seating capacity of 1,710. Gradually, touring productions, annual pantomimes and concerts became a staple of the theatre. Howard and Wyndham bought out the Dorrill family in 1972, with Apollo Leisure taking over in 1977 and renaming the building ‘The Apollo’. SFX took over in 1999 and the theatre was passed to Clear Channel Entertainment in 2001. Following refurbishment in 2003, the venue reverted to the name of the New Theatre under the new management of ATG.

The New Theatre Oxford is now best-known for hosting large-scale productions such as Chicago, Guys and Dolls and Cats, as well as the English National Ballet. Currently, the venue has a seating capacity of 1,785 with an expansive, comfortable auditorium and interior that is entirely access friendly. Seating is split across three levels; the Stalls, Circle and Balcony. The Stalls is the largest section of the theatre, seating 816, with the Circle seating 556 and the Balcony seating 413. Seating is comfortable and padded, guaranteeing great views of the stage from the same architects who created the exceptional Dominion Theatre.

Good value seats

Sitting in the mid-centre of the Stalls is definite value for money, with seats at the rear of the Stalls offering excellent, unobstructed views for a portion of the price. Seats in the Circle are also great value for money, particularly in the centre of the section.

Premium seats

Premium seats are located in the centre of each tier, with the best seats found in the Stalls between Row C and Row K. Sitting mid-front of the Circle guarantees an excellent overview of the stage without the restriction of the safety bar.

Recent seat reviews

Stalls A12

Skellig 169cm, 4 reviews
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New Theatre Oxford Stalls A12 view from seat photo

As this is the front row there was plenty of legroom and also you could see all of the stage without obstruction. You had to turn your head a bit when the actors were on the far left of the stage but usually they were in the centre of the stage. More

Saw War Horse War Horse on 02 September 2019

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Circle A5
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Skellig 169cm, 4 reviews
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New Theatre Oxford Circle A5 view from seat photo

The seats were very comfortable, but if you have long legs there is not quite enough legroom. Also the view is slightly restricted in places by a bar, just in this play, but you can just look over it. More

Saw War Horse War Horse on 02 September 2019

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Stalls E36
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amyd5 5"5, 20 reviews
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New Theatre Oxford Stalls E36 view from seat photo

You're in line with the left side of the stage from this seat so have to turn in to the right a bit to see but that wasn't a problem at all for me and I thought the view was excellent. Could see all the details but could still appreciate the wider view... More

Visited 17 July 2019

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