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Old Vic Theatre seating plan, West End, London

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

Now Playing: Machinal

Value for money seats

  • Lilian Baylis Circle (A-H, X, & P): This section has the cheapest seats in the theater. It is far back and quite high up, so it's not the preferred section for most patrons, but you'll find the best bargains in these seats. The Benches along the sides are smaller and a little more private but at a steep angle, which lends itself to quite an obstructed view. There is also a cheaper standing section behind the Benches.
  • Dress Circle (A-E & X-Z): The seats in the Circle are raked and elevated giving you a clear view of the stage. There is an overhang in the rear, so seats closer to the front are a better choice. There are four Boxes toward the sides in the front and two smaller sections along the sides. These seats are great for privacy and comfort at less-than-premium rates, but the angle makes for an obstructed view.
  • Stage Stalls: This section extends from the stage along the sides. While not always present, it is opened up for some performances. It is raked and offers great visibility, despite its side placement. When available, these seats go for premium to regular rates.
  • Stalls (A-V): The Stalls are at ground level, not raked, and the closest to the stage. Despite this, you'll find some affordable seats here, especially toward the rear. Choose seats closer to the middle for the best experience.

Best views of the stage

  • Stalls (E-L, Center): The middle of the Stalls is a great spot to sit for clear, unobstructed views of the stage. The further back you go, the more likely you are to find a better deal.
  • Stage Stalls: The Stage Stalls have some of the best views in the house. The stage is altered to clear room for these seats, so they're right in the middle of the action. The rake also allows you to see clearly even from the rear.
  • Dress Circle (A-D, Center): The front rows of the Circle have some of the best views in the house. They're particularly good for a comprehensive, panoramic view of the whole stage.
  • Lilian Baylis Circle (A & B, Center): The center of the front two rows is the best choice for clearer views of the stage. While this section is the furthest from the performance, the vantage point works to your advantage for larger productions.

Sections available in Old Vic Theatre


  • 599 seats
  • Rows A-V

  • The Stalls are closest to the stage and offer the most immersive experience.
  • The rear experiences some overhang from the Dress Circle and these seats are more affordably priced. They still have some great views, despite the obstruction.
  • The front seats might have you craning your neck to see the show so choose seats in the middle rows for a more comfortable experience.
  • The Stalls section is wheelchair-accessible from the Foyer. 10 wheelchair-accessible seats with companion seats are available in Rows B, D, F, H, M, N, S, and T.

Stage Stalls

  • 221 seats

  • The modular Stage Stalls are included as part of certain shows.
  • The space is otherwise covered by an extended stage. When available, these seats are placed in raked sections on either side of the stage.
  • These seats offer premium views of the performance.
  • The steep angle means you'll be turning to the side to see the main stage, but for shows that use this setup, plenty of the action happens down the middle.
  • While on the same level as the Stalls, this section is raked and the rows are only accessible via stairs. Additionally, patrons may not leave the seat during the show, so it offers limited accessibility.

Dress Circle

  • 224 seats
  • Rows A-E & X-Z and Boxes (Atkins, Olivier, Guthrie, & Benthal)

  • The Dress Circle is a raked and elevated section that overhangs the Stalls at the rear.
  • The front rows of this section have some of the best views of the stage, offering a panoramic view of the whole performance.
  • The rear seats have lesser visibility but are more affordably priced.
  • The Circle is accessible via a 29-step climb and is not accessible for patrons with limited mobility.

Lilian Baylis Circle

  • 269 seats
  • Rows AH, X, & P

  • The Lilian Baylis Circle is named for the English theatrical producer and manager of the same name.
  • The section is elevated and raked and overhangs the Dress Circle considerably. It is also quite a distance from the stage.
  • Despite the distance, it offers a vantage point from which to see larger productions more clearly.
  • This section usually has the best bargains and the most affordably priced seats.
  • The front rows in this section have better views.
  • This section is only accessible via a 49-step climb and is inaccessible to patrons with limited mobility.

Accessible seating in Old Vic Theatre

Accessible Seating in Old Vic Theatre
  • Stalls: Wheelchair-accessible entrance and 10 designated seats (with companion seats) available for this section.
  • Stage Stalls: The section can be reached by all patrons but does not include accessible seating options.
  • Dress Circle: No accessible entrances or seating in this section.
  • Lilian Baylis Circle: No accessible entry or seating in this section.

Frequently asked questions about Old Vic Theatre seating plan

Where are the best seats in Old Vic Theatre?

The Stalls offer an immersive experience, but the seats in the middle and toward the rear have better visibility at affordable rates. The front rows of the Dress Circle are also great for a balance between views and affordability.

What show is playing at Old Vic Theatre?

Old Vic Theatre is playing Machinal and Oedipus.

Which section of Old Vic Theatre has wheelchair accessibility?

There is accessible seating in the Stalls section. This includes 10 wheelchair-accessible seats and companion seats beside them.

Which seats in Old Vic Theatre provide value for money?

Seats in the rear of the Stalls offer great views at affordable rates. The seats in the Dress Circle and the Lilian Baylis Circle also offer decent views at great rates. For the cheapest seats or great bargain deals, go for the Lilian Baylis Circle.

What is the Stalls section in Old Vic Theatre?

The Stalls section is larger with 599 seats. It is closest to the stage and extends to include the raked Stage Stalls section on either side of the stage. The 221 Stage Stalls seats are only open for some performances and offer great views despite their angled position. The Stalls offer amazing views in the middle and further back. The rear seats are also more affordable and retain the view despite an overhang from the Dress Circle.

What is the Dress Circle section in Old Vic Theatre?

The Circle is elevated and raked and sits above and behind the Stalls. There are 224 seats in this section. It offers decent views at affordable rates. The front rows are better if you're hoping to catch unobstructed views of the stage.

What is the Lilian Baylis Circle section in Old Vic Theatre?

This section is named for the English theatrical producer and manager Lilian Baylis. This section has 269 seats, making it larger than the Dress Circle, but it offers more affordably priced seats. Its distance from the stage and elevation makes it less desirable, but it can still offer great views, particularly toward the front and in the middle.