As the current Sadler’s Wells theatre was designed in 1998, making it (despite its hundreds of years of history) one of the most modern theatres in London. This means that the theatre does not fall short in auditorium design, with no unsightly renaissance pillars blocking audience’s views!
Sadlers Wells is of a moderate size for a London theatre, with around 1,550 seats spread over three levels; the Stalls, First Circle and Second Circle. The best places to sit in terms of a high quality viewing experience are both the front, central section of the Stalls and the First Circle, although these tend to be the most expensive. The cheapest seats can be found in the Second Circle, which has a fair view of the stage but may feel quite far back.
The price guide below is based on ticket prices for major shows (e.g. the Christmas ballet and main summer show.) Smaller runs of some shows may be significantly cheaper. For further information check the Sadler's Wells website
|Sadler’s Wells (Main Theatre)
||Seats in the very back two rows (L-M) of the First Circle tend to be at the top end of this price category. These seats tend to have a slightly restricted view of the stage due to the Second Circle overhang.
||The cheapest seats in this section are side seats in row L and all seats in row M-Q. Seats in rows M-Q will have a relatively clear view of the stage, but may well feel quite far away from the action. Seats in row L and at the far sides of each row may have a less desirable viewing angle.Side seats in rows A-G are at the top end of this price category. Side seats in rows A-D may well have a slightly obscured view of the stage as they are situated on an angle, meaning action at one far side of the stage may well be missed.
||For large shows sears in rows N-S are at the top end of this price category, for smaller shows they are at the cheaper end of the price category. These seats may have a slight viewing restriction due to the First Circle overhang but should still have a fair view of the majority of the action.
(For some smaller scale shows seats in rows AA-M can be found toward the top end of this price category, however this is not the case for major shows in the season)
||Rows H-K are within this price category. For bigger shows these will be toward the top end of the price category and for smaller shows these tend to be towards the lower end. These seats will have a fair view of the stage but may have a minor viewing restriction as a result of the Second Circle overhang.
||Other than the side seats listed above, seats in rows A-G tend to be towards the bottom end of this price category (for smaller shows these seats may be less expensive.) The view from this section will be clear, but may feel a little far back.
||For large shows seats AA-B and G-M are within this price category. Seats may be less expensive for smaller scale shows. These seats will have a good clear view of the stage.
||Other than the premium seats in the centre of rows A-C listed below, rows A-G tend to be within this price category (smaller shows may be less expensive.) These seats will have a good, clear view of the stage.
||For large shows rows C-F are within this price category. These seats will have the best view of the stage in the Stalls.For smaller shows these seats will be less expensive.
||Central seats (around numbers 8-27) in rows A-C are considered to be premium seats and for big shows are charged at this premium price. These seats will offer the best views in the First Circle.