Noel Coward Theatre Seating Guide
The Noel Coward (formally the Albery) is based in the heart of Covent Garden. It was built in a pair with the Wyndham's theatre, being built by Charles Wyndham himself in 1903. Originally called the New Theatre, then the Albery, the name was changed in 2006 in time for the West End transfer of Broadway musical 'Avenue Q'. Today the theatre has a quick turnaround of shows including limited runs of plays, often comedies starring celebrities.
The theatre is grand and traditional in style, spread over four levels. Seating almost 900 audience members the height of the auditorium often makes it feel a lot larger than it is. Views can be tricky towards the ends of rows and in the higher sections, especially as most sections have a deep horseshoe shape, placing seats outside of the natural proscenium.
Big Budget TipPremium seats are around the centre of rows F-G, although other seats around them offer an equally good view. With most of the seats in the Stalls priced the same, aim to sit five or six rows back from the front for the best experience.
Best Value TipThe front row of the Upper Circle is the second cheapest price tier in the theatre. Although leg room can be very tight, it is possible to enjoy the performance from here, once a good view around the safety bar has been established!
Shows at the Noel Coward Theatre
Starring Imelda Staunton this production transfers from the Hampstead Theatre where it enjoyed great critical acclaim and sell out success. Set in America the show tells the story of Margie a down on her luck single mother who decides to approach an old flame made good, Mike, in hope of help. This black comedy by David Lindsay-Abaire explores whether people can choose to pull themselves out of poverty. Directed by Jonathan Kent.
Based on the much loved film of the same title this new adaptation is directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod, the pair behind accomplished theatre company Cheek by Jowl. The story imagines William Shakespeare going through a bought of writers block while trying to pen Romeo and Juliet.