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Shakespeare's Globe seating plan, West End, London

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

Value for money seats

  • Standing Yard (Unreserved): True to its name Shakespeare's Globe has a circular setup with a standing section in the middle in front of the stage. The section is unreserved, so you're free to walk around, and it usually offers tickets at a very affordable rate. You get real value for your money with these tickets as you're right in the middle of the action at the front.
  • Lower Gallery (Bays A-B & P-Q): The Galleries are split into Bays, from A to Q, that go around the stage. The Lower Gallery is closest to the stage and offers cheaper seats in the side Bays on the sides of the stage. These seats are at a steep angle and behind pillars, so they might experience significant sightline restrictions.
  • Middle Gallery (Bays D, E, G, J, L, & M): This section is elevated and sits above the Lower Gallery. While many of its seats are priced higher, some seats are priced lower on account of sightline restrictions from angled seating and pillars. You'll still get a pretty decent view at affordable rates despite the obstruction.
  • Upper Gallery (Bay N): This section is the highest up and quite a distance from the stage. It tends to have cheaper seats due to this, but still offers clear views of the stage. Some bays, like N, are perpendicular to the stage and give you a side view of the performance, and these seats are often much cheaper than seats closer to the middle of the section.

Best views of the stage

  • Standing Yard (Unreserved): Despite being the cheapest tickets, the standing section is directly in front of the stage and allows you to roam freely. You might experience some sightline restrictions if you're too close to the stage's front edge, but you can simply take a few steps back and enjoy your show.
  • Lower Gallery (Bay H): The seats toward the middle bays directly in front of the stage are some of the best views in the house. You'll get a clear view of the stage and performance since the section is slightly elevated.
  • Middle Gallery (Bay H): The middle seats in this section are the best in the house. The actors on stage project toward this bay, so you're getting a clear view of the performance and get to feel like they're performing just for you.
  • Upper Gallery (Bay H): While pretty high up, the Upper Gallery can still deliver some great views at mid-range rates. The seats slower to the middle and directly in front of the stage are the best views from this level.

Sections available in Shakespeare's Globe

Standing Yard

  • 700 capacity
  • Rows A-E

  • The Standing Yards have a maximum capacity of 700, but the number depends on the show and how many people can comfortably stand in the area during a show.
  • This section has no seats and offers only standing tickets. It is unreserved and patrons can move around freely throughout the section.
  • The standing section is directly in front of the stage and you'll feel like you're part of the action.
  • Since this is a ground-level section without a rake, you might face sightline restrictions due to taller patrons standing in front of you. Be sure to secure a good spot to avoid this once the show starts.
  • There is one wheelchair-accessible spot in the Yard.

Lower Gallery

  • 390 seats
  • Rows A-E

  • This section is split into Bays (A, B, D, E, G, H, J, L, N, P, and Q) each with a seating capacity of around 30-40.
  • The section is raked and slightly elevated, allowing a clear view of the stage all around that is not obstructed by the Yard.
  • The further toward the sides you go the more angled the view gets. Some seats, particularly to the sides, are obstructed by pillars.
  • Seats in Bay H offer the best viewing experience from directly in front of the stage.
  • There are no accessible seats in this section.

Middle Gallery

  • 280 seats
  • Rows A-D & Gentlemen's Boxes A, B, P, & Q

  • The Middle Gallery sits above the Lower Gallery. It is elevated and raked and offers a clear view of the stage all around. The center seats in Bay H are the best seats in the house.
  • The view from some seats on the sides is obstructed by pillars and a steep angle.
  • The Boxes are along the sides and offer comfortable private seating.
  • Gentleman's Box P is wheelchair-accessible. It can be reached via the step-free main entrance and a backstage lift, and it has three wheelchair-accessible seats with companion seats. These are toward the back of the stage so some views are restricted but there are no other obstructions.

Upper Gallery

  • 209 seats
  • Rows A-C

  • The Upper Gallery is the smallest section and the highest up, sitting above the Middle Gallery.
  • The section is raked allowing clear views of the stage from every row.
  • The seats at the sides are very angled and some are obstructed by pillars. Additionally, there is a roof above the stage that might obscure some parts of the performance when viewed from this section.
  • Seats in the center, in Bay H, offer the best views from this level.
  • There are no accessible seats in this section.

Accessible seating in Shakespeare's Globe

Accessible Seating in Shakespeare's Globe
  • Standing Yard: One wheelchair-designated spot and a companion spot, accessible with a step-free entrance.
  • Lower Gallery: No accessible seating is available in this section.
  • Middle Gallery: Three wheelchair-accessible seats and three companion seats in Gentleman's Box P, accessible via a backstage lift.
  • Upper Gallery: There is no accessible seating in this section.

Frequently asked questions about Shakespeare's Globe seating plan

Where are the best seats in Shakespeare's Globe?

The best seats at Shakespeare's Globe are in the Middle Gallery, Bay H. These are directly in front of and slightly above the stage, offering a clear view of the performance with no obstructions. Additionally, the actors project toward this spot while acting, so you get the most immersive experience.

What show is playing at Shakespeare's Globe?

Shakespeare's Globe is playing Richard III and Much Ado About Nothing.

Which section of Shakespeare's Globe has wheelchair accessibility?

The Gentleman's Box P in the Middle Gallery has 3 wheelchair-accessible seats with companion seats beside them. These are accessible via backstage lifts as the Box is right next to the stage, albeit elevated. There is one designated spot for wheelchairs in the Standing Yard as well, and this is on ground level and has step-free access.

Which seats in Shakespeare's Globe provide value for money?

Seats along the sides of the stage tend to be the most affordable across all levels. Seats in the rear of the Middle and Upper Galleries are also cheaper than ones in the front rows and toward the middle. You'll get a decent view no matter where you sit, though the view from some cheaper seats is obstructed by pillars.

What is the Standing Yard section in Shakespeare's Globe?

The Standing Yard is, as the name implies, a standing-only section directly in front of the stage. It has a maximum capacity of 700, though how many people are admitted at a time may vary. The space allows for a wonderfully immersive experience, as patrons are able to, quite literally, touch the stage. Despite being lower than the stage level, you'll find you get a clear view of the performance from most parts of the Yard.

What are the Galleries in Shakespeare's Globe?

The Galleries are a three-tier section of the theater that includes seating and designated accessible spots. It curves around the stage nearly to the back, so the seats further down the ends endure some level of sightline restrictions. Some views are also obscured by the theater's pillars. The Lower Gallery is behind the Standing Yard, slightly elevated, and has clear views of the stage from the middle Bay H. The Middle Gallery has the best views from its middle Bay H, which is the section that the actors project to during performances. The Gentleman's Box P next tot he stage has accessible seating. The Upper Gallery is the furthest away from the stage and the view from some seats is further obscured by the roof above the stage. Seats closer to the middle, such as in Bay H, have better views of the stage.