The Theatre Royal Haymarket opened in 1821. It's affectionally known at first as the “little theatre in the Hay”. In 1873, the theatre was home to the first matinee performance, showing a West End production in the afternoon.
In the 21st century, shows at the Theatre Royal Haymarket have attracted West End stars and global talent. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart starred in Waiting for Godot, while Sienna Miller and Sheridan Smith starred together in Flare Path.
The auditorium has four levels - Stalls, Royal Circle, Upper Circle and Gallery.
The seating in the Stalls is very good, particularly as the overhang of the Dress Circle only really affects the view from Row V onwards.
The Royal Circle offers an excellent view of the stage – the overhang of the Upper Circle doesn’t affect the view from any seat.
Seats in the Upper Circle curve towards the stage at the sides, and do not offer great legroom but views are pretty good for the price on offer.
The Gallery feels far from the stage.
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Haymarket) 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 19, 23, 38, 53, 88, 139, 159
Night bus numbers: (Haymarket) 6, 12, 23, 88, 139, 453, N8, N19, N38, N97, N3, N13, N15, N136, N159
Car park: Leicester Square, Whitcomb Street (2mins)
Directions from tube: (5mins) Go along Coventry Street and then take Haymarket on the right where the theatre will be approx. 200 metres along.