If you’re heading to the West End soon these are the seats you need to watch out for!
The people over at SeatPlan have trawled through over 80,000 photos of the view from seats right across London’s West End to determine the 10 worst theatre seats that need to be avoided.
These problematic seats feature everything from pillars right in the centre of your view and extreme viewing angles to cripplingly tight legroom and vertigo-inducing height problems.
10. Harold Pinter Theatre
Seat to avoid: Stalls, P16 – £47.50
Warning when booking: Obstructed view
West End show: The Human Voice starring Ruth Wilson; Prima Facie starring Jodie Comer
9. Wyndham’s Theatre
Seat to avoid: Stalls, BB1 – £40
Warning when booking: Restricted side view
West End show: Life of Pi
8. Novello Theatre
Seat to avoid: Balcony, A11 – £27.50
Warning when booking: No warning
West End show: Mamma Mia!
7. Lyric Theatre
Seat to avoid: Balcony, E3 – £25
Warning when booking: This seat has a restricted view of the stage
West End show: Get Up, Stand Up – The Bob Marley Musical
6. Phoenix Theatre
Seat to avoid: Stalls, AA1 – £20
Warning when booking: Limited view, you will be looking up
West End show: Come From Away
5. Garrick Theatre
Seat to avoid: Stalls, S18 – £20
Warning when booking: The view from this seat is restricted by a pillar in the auditorium
West End show: The Drifters Girl, starring Beverley Knight
4. Theatre Royal Haymarket
Seat to avoid: Upper Circle, B30 – £17.50
Warning when booking: View of stage extremely restricted-you miss at least 90% of the stage
West End show: Only Fools and Horses: The Musical
3. Noel Coward Theatre
Seat to avoid: Grand Circle, AA26 – £15
Warning when booking: Very Restricted View – due to a side view and safety rail. Will need to lean forward
West End show: Dear Evan Hansen
2. London County Hall
Seat to avoid: North Gallery, D42 – £13.50
Warning when booking: Restricted view, marble pillar in centre of sight line
West End show: Witness for the Prosecution
1. Sondheim Theatre
Seat to avoid: Grand Circle, AA4 – £10
Warning when booking: Extremely restricted view – due to a side view, safety rail and lighting equipment. Will need to lean forward; view will not be clear.
West End show: Les Miserables
Meanwhile SeatPlan has shared its top tips on what to look out for when booking theatre seats to make sure you don’t get caught out.