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Seating plans

Online seating plan for theatres
Whenever possible we have provided a link to the seating plan for theatres, but seating plans for most theatres are either not available online, or we have not been given permission to copy or link to them. We have a page with links to seating plans for West End Theatres.

stalls/dress circle/upper circle
The terminology may confuse overseas visitors as seating is named differently.

  • The lowest area, which is the largest area of the auditorium is called the Stalls, which is the same level as the orchestra.
  • The second level is called the Dress Circle (evening dress used to be required) , or the Royal Circle (the Royal Box is on this level).
  • The third level is the Upper Circle or Grand Circle.
  • The Fourth level, if present, is the Balcony. This is only suitable for the long sighted and short legged theatregoers.
Where is the best place to sit?

This depends on your budget. Stalls are popular because you are close to the stage. Rear stalls are underneath the upper levels, which are supported by columns so some seats have a restricted view of the stage. These are generally cheaper for this reason. The Dress circle gives a view of the stage from slightly above and some people prefer this view. Upper Circle seats give a steeper view of the stage and you see more of the top of the heads than faces. Balcony seats are the furthest away from the stage and a long way away so the view is not great, but if you're there for the song or music then this might be good enough.

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