Theatre Royal Haymarket
The Theatre Royal Haymarket opened in 1821 in the West End. Affectionately known at first as the “little theatre in the Hay”, this ornate, grand building is near to West End theatres including Her Majesty’s Theatre and the Harold Pinter Theatre.
The Theatre Royal Haymarket is a pioneering theatre too. In 1873, the theatre was home to the first ever matinee performance, showing a West End production in the afternoon. Now, West End matinees are common practice across the capital.
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, with Sienna Miller and Sheridan Smith in Flare Path. More recently, Carrie Hope Fletcher led the cast in Heathers. Currently, the Theatre Royal Haymarket is home to the world premiere of Only Fools and Horses: The Musical, inspired by the cult 1980s BBC sitcom of the same name.
What is seating like at Theatre Royal Haymarket?
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. Of note, the narrowing of the auditorium towards the stage does affect the view of the outermost seats in Row H onwards.
The Royal Circle offers 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, and the legroom available here is problematic.