The Playhouse Theatre is situated in the heart of London, a minute’s stroll from the River Thames. With a small seating capacity of 786 people on three levels – Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle, there are many great views from most of the seats. There are, however, certain seats with little legroom or a metal safety bar partially obstructing views, which should be avoided. If you are thinking about booking tickets to see Dreamboats and Petticoats, or any other show at the Playhouse Theatre, then careful thought should go into which seats to buy. It is great to know the best seats in the auditorium, but these are often also the highest priced. So which ones are the worst seats, and the ones to be avoided?
Stall seats are located on the ground floor of the auditorium and are the closest to the stage. The first couple of rows should be avoided as the stage is rather high and you will have to strain you neck to see clearly. The music may also feel a little too loud from these front seats.
The top of the stage from at the back of the Dress Circle is cut off due to an overhang of the Upper Circle. Also, try to avoid the front row in this section as there are safety railings which obstruct views slightly. These seats are sold at a discount, however. There is also hardly any legroom in this row, which should be considered if you are tall.
If looking to book tickets in the Upper Circle, try to get the first few rows as the high rake makes seats further back seem very far away from the stage. The Upper Circle is extremely high up so you may not want to sit in this section at all and choosing Dress Circle or Stall seats first will be your best option.
The Playhouse Theatre, located near to Embankment and is close to many Embankment hotels, is relatively small compared to many of London’s West End theatres, and so there are plenty of great seats. Look to avoid the ones mentioned here, though, and consult a Playhouse Theatre seating plan to further decide where it is you want to sit, and you should end up having a very enjoyable evening with a great view.