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, 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. 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.
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.