The SeatPlan idea and website are the brainchild of Ben Jackson who realised that when buying theatre tickets, consumers have no way of knowing which seats are great and which are not so great! SeatPlan was born to collate audience members seating reviews in a clear, easy-to-use format. Here, you’ll find detailed seating plans for every major theatre in London, including every West End venue. With ticket prices skyrocketing, we hope it helps you choose seats that represent the best value for money.
Ben Jackson (Founder)
Ben is responsible for SeatPlan strategy, features and technical stuff. He wants everyone to check SeatPlan before booking seats and to add a seat review after each theatre visit. Please!
Dom O’Hanlon (Editor)
Dom is a London based Theatre Director and Editor who enjoys theatre on a wide variety of scales. As an editor and reviewer he is lucky enough to spend most of his week at the theatre, and enjoys looking after SeatPlan on a day to day basis. He enjoys working with SeatPlan users to help them get the most out of the website, promoting the benefits across the West End.
Tim Sullivan (Seat Reviewer)
Tim Sullivan is a theatre director and frequent audience member. Originally hailing from the USA, he has been based in London for three years now and love its expansive theatre scene. From the biggest West End spectaculars to the smallest fringe finds, Tim enjoys all types of theatre and sees a show at least once a week. Tim is 6’7″ and so appreciates more than most the lack of legroom in some theatre seats… ushers can often be seen moving Tim to more suitable seats!
We’re constantly looking for ways to improve the site and the experience of our visitors. Please also feel free to get in touch with any feedback or questions you may have about our website…
Glossary – definitions of key words used in this website:
- AUDITORIUM: The seating area of a theatre.
- BALCONY: The highest tier in a theatre, very high and far from the stage.
- BOX OFFICE: The place to collect tickets for the current performance and buy tickets for future shows.
- DAY SEATS: Seats that are only sold on the day of the performance, usually at a reduced price.
- DRESS CIRCLE: Usually the first tier of seating. Sometimes called the ROYAL CIRCLE.
- HOUSE LEFT/RIGHT: The left/right side of the auditorium as you look at the stage.
- PREMIUM SEATS:
- STAGE LEFT/RIGHT: The left/right side of the stage as you are on it looking at the auditorium.
- STALLS/ORCHESTRA STALLS: The lowest level of seating, usually the most expensive due to the best views of the stage.
- UPPER CIRCLE: The second tier of seating, furthest from the stage. Sometimes called the GRAND CIRCLE
Sites We Find Interesting
The Lambs – America’s oldest professional theatrical club
So You Want to Tread the Boards – A performing arts audition guide
Casting Call Pro – Casting information for actors in the UK
Stage Management Association – Supporting and championing stage management