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Hackney Empire seating plan, West End, London

Looking to get the best out of your experience? Check out our Hackney Empire seating plan and get real-time seat availability, pricing, and insider tips on the best seats.

Value for money seats

  • Gallery (Unreserved): This is a raked and extremely elevated section featuring backless benches. It is placed at quite a distance from the stage and you may find these seats go for cheaper now and then.
  • Upper Circle (C-G): This section is a good vantage point from which to view larger productions, as it lets you see the entire stage. Opt for seats in the middle rows for a good balance between views and affordability.
  • Dress Circle (Boxes H & Q): This section wraps all the way around, with Boxes in the rear and on the sides. The two Boxes on the ends of either side are closest to the stage, and the front-row seats in these are a good choice for cheaper seats with decent views.
  • Stalls (G-M & AA-LL): This section is closest to the stage and will give you the best views and the most immersive experience. For more affordable seats, opt for seats toward the sides of the rows in the rear.

Best views of the stage

  • Stalls (D-G): Stalls seats are ideal for a premium experience. For a good balance between immersion and views that won't have you craning your neck, opt for seats slightly behind the front rows, closer to the Center.
  • Dress Circle (A-E): This section has some great views despite its distance from the stage. The elevation and rake allow you to see the stage clearly at all times. Opt for seats closer to the front for the best experience.
  • Upper Circle (A-B): The front row seats of this section are the best views from this vantage point. You'll get to see the stage clearly without any sightline obstructions.
  • Gallery (Unreserved): The rear elevated gallery isn't the best if you're after immersion, but if you want to see the entire stage without missing a beat at affordable rates, opt for Center spots toward the front.

Sections available in Hackney Empire


  • 392 capacity
  • Rows A-M & AA-XX

  • The Stalls is a level section in the front of the auditorium. It offers the best views of the stage, particularly at the Center in the middle to front rows.
  • The rear of this section is a standing-only space. These tickets often go for cheaper.
  • The front-most seats are a good choice for an immersive experience but might have you straining your neck.
  • There is step-free access to the front of the Stalls and designated wheelchair seats in the rear.

Dress Circle

  • 294 capacity
  • Rows A-F & Boxes H-Q

  • Dress Circle sits behind the Stalls, right above its rear standing section.
  • The elevation of this section offers a vantage point from which you can see the stage clearly and in its entirety.
  • The section wraps all the way around, with the Boxes on both ends being much closer to the stage than the Center. These side seats are angled, however, while the Center offers you a clear, head-on view.
  • There is a standing-only section in the rear that often goes for cheaper rates.
  • The Boxes have wheelchair-accessible seating that is accessible via a lift.

Upper Circle

  • 295 capacity
  • Rows A-G

  • An elevated and raked section, the Upper Circle sits above the Dress Circle.
  • Higher than the Dress Circle, this level offers a much wider view of the stage.
  • Seats in the front rows offer decent views at affordable rates, particularly toward the Center.
  • There is no accessible seating in this section though the level is accessible via a lift.


  • 325 capacity
  • Unreserved

  • The highest section in this theater, the Gallery is an unreserved seating area above the Upper Circle.
  • The space features backless benches as opposed to the cushy seats in the rest of the theater.
  • Owing to its height in the space and distance from the stage, these seats are not recommended for children under 14 or patrons with mobility, hearing, or visual issues.
  • There is no designated wheelchair or accessible seating on this level but it can be accessed via a lift.

Accessible seating in Hackney Empire

Accessible Seating in Hackney Empire
  • Stalls: Seven wheelchair-accessible seats are available in the rear Rows (AA-LL). The front of the stalls has step-free access.
  • Dress Circle: Wheelchair-designated seating is available in the Boxes, accessible via a lift.
  • Upper Circle: There are no wheelchair-designated spots but the section is accessible via lift.
  • Gallery: The section has relatively uncomfortable seating in the form of backless benches, and is not recommended for patrons using wheelchairs. There is, however, lift access to get to this section.

Frequently asked questions about Hackney Empire seating plan

Where are the best seats in Hackney Empire?

The Center Stalls will give you the most immersive experience at this venue. Opt for seats in Row C and further back for a comfortable viewing experience that is neither obstructed nor requires craning your neck. If you'd prefer a wider view of the stage, opt for front-row seats in the Dress Circle.

Which section of Hackney Empire has wheelchair accessibility?

The Stalls section is the most accessible section of this theater. The theater has a step-free entrance and the wheelchair-accessible seats are in the rear of the Stalls, with step-free access from the front of the section. The Dress Circle also has accessible seating in the Boxes near the front. All elevated sections are accessible via the lifts.

Which seats in Hackney Empire provide value for money?

If you're after a good balance between affordability and views but still want an immersive and engaging experience, opt for seats in the rear of the Stalls or along the sides. If you'd like a clear view of the whole stage, try front-row seats in the Dress Circle or Upper Circle. The Gallery is the most elevated section and offers a proper vantage point from which to view the shows, ut since it is unreserved, your best bet is to arrive early and grab a spot front and center for a good bargain.