The Sondheim Theatre is another classic early 20th
Century building designed by veteran theatre architect W G R Sprague. The theatre was originally part of a pair with the neighbouring Gielgud Theatre but has since been refurbished and redeveloped following structural damage in the Second World War.
The theatre is a standard size and shape for the West End, seating just under 1000 people over three levels, the Stalls, Dress Circle and the Upper Circle. The Stalls generally boasts good views of the stage, aside from the back few rows being affected by the Dress Circle overhang. The Dress Circle is also generally a good place to sit, although it has some ‘slip’ seats at the front that curve around the auditorium. These seats can be fair value for money as they are significantly cheaper than those in the rest of the section. The Upper Circle is a mixed bag of seats; this is the section where the cheapest seats can be found, although some may have viewing restrictions.
Please note: the above seating map applies to Saturday performances of Les Miserables. Prices can vary day-to-day and during peak weeks in the year. Ensure you check the most up-to-date seating plan to get the best prices.
||There is a small standing area at the back of the Stalls. This area will have a moderately restricted view due to the Circle overhang.
||There is a small standing area at the back of the Upper Circle. The view will have no visual obstructions but may feel very far away from the stage. There are a small number of £15 seats in the Upper Circle at the beginning of rows AA-A. These seats will have a moderate viewing obstruction due to the curved nature of the upper level and also due to the placement of safety rails.
||Seats AA1-2 and 28-29 are available at this price. These are side slip seats at the front of the Circle and they will have a fairly restricted view of the stage due to a safety bar obstruction and a side angle viewing point.
||The majority of side seats in the Upper Circle are within this price category, with seats tending to increase in value the more central they are. Seats towards the sides of the Upper Circle will have slight side angle views of the stage and seats towards the front may have a few visual issues due to the placement of the safety rail.
||Seats in row U-W are within this price category. The seats will have a fairly good view of the stage but some of the set may not be visible at times due to the Circle overhang.
||Side slip seats AA3-5 and 25-27 are in this price category, they will have a fairly restricted view due to curvature of the auditorium.
||Seats within this price category are the best within the Upper Circle as many have a central, clear view of the stage. However, theatregoers should be aware that some seats in this price category, namely those in row A, will still have a slight safety rail obstruction.
||Seats in row S-T are available in this price band. The overhang from the dress circle will be noticeable, but shouldn't restrict the view of the performance too much. Seats A 13-14 are also within this price category as they are directly behind the conductor which could be a distraction.
||Loge seats and some side slip seats are within this price category, as are the first and last seats of rows A-C as these seats are considered to have a slight side angle view. The entirety of row L is within this price category as viewing is slightly restricted by the Upper Circle overhang.
||Clear view, central seats are available in this price category in the upper circle. Seats in rows A-J between 8-23 are available, avoid the first few rows to ensure the safety rail doesn't obscure the view at all.
||Other than the restricted view seats listed above and the premium seats listed below, the majority of the Stalls is within this price category. These seats tend to have a generally good view of the stage. Try to avoid row R or seats A8-9 and 22-23 as these still have some viewing restrictions. It is worth noting the premium seats below; seats adjacent to them (so middle seats in row E and K) as will offer the best views in this price band.
||Other than the restricted view seats listed above and the premium seats listed below, the majority of the Dress Circle seats are within this price category. These seats tend to have good, clear views of the stage. Seats adjacent or directly behind the premium will be the best value for money in this price category.
| £108+ (Premium)
||Central seats in rows E-M are classed as premium. There are three premium price bands, the more central, the more expensive. Seats here will offer the best view in the whole theatre.
||Central seats in rows A-E are premium seats. These seats will offer the best views in the whole theatre. For a panoramic view of a large scale musical, the dress circle can often be the best viewing experience.