The Apollo Victoria Theatre in Victoria is one of London's largest performance venues. Seating over 2,200 people on just two levels there is a wide range of seating options available. The building used to be a working cinema, meaning that views of the stage are generally unobstructed. The current show 'Wicked' is a highly visual show, with large set pieces and a lot to take in. Each seat in the auditorium gives a different perspective to this show.
The Stalls is the closest section to the stage, and fans out away from it for over 30 rows. Each row is extremely wide, with almost 50 seats in the widest part of the section. The Stalls are divided into a front and rear section, with each of those divided further into central and side blocks. Seats towards the end of the rows can be restricted due to the size of the venue. Best seats are towards the middle of the auditorium, closest to the central aisle. The overhang from the level above begins to restrict the very top of the stage at the rear Stalls, and although the section is moderately raked, this can cause some sight-line issues.
The Circle section seats over 1000 people and is divided into a front, middle and rear section. Each block of seats is then divided further into smaller sections, so you never feel particularly cramped. Legroom and accessibility is on the whole very good in this venue as it is easy to move around between seats. The front five rows of this section provide some of the best views in the whole theatre. The further back from the stage you go, the cheaper the price becomes. It is possible to feel very far away from the stage, although the views at the rear of the section are generally unrestricted.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are the best seats for children at the Adelphi Theatre?
Children are advised to sit where they can see well in order to retain their interest throughout. The front of the Circle provides the best overall view of the stage, from C-F giving excellent views. The central block of seats in the Stalls section, either side of the aisle is also a good choice, as it gives clear access and excellent views of the stage.
Where are the Restricted View seats?
Stalls: Rows B-F, the first 4 seats in the row; Rows B-P the final 2 seats in each row.
Circle: Seats around the stairwells and aisles, including R: 14-20, 31-36; P: 1,2,6,7, 44, 45, 49,50; L: 1-5, 48-52; K 11-17, 36-42; J: 12-17, 36-41.
What if I am hard of sight or hearing?
Guide dogs are welcome at the theatre and can be looked after by theatre staff or remain with you in the auditorium. The theatre also has large print and Braille programmes available. There are a number of audio described performances scheduled throughout the year - please see the timetable below. The theatre provides in ear head sets for anyone who is hard of hearing. These are available to hire from the Front of House team for a small deposit.
Saturday 14th September 2013, 2.30pm
Saturday 15th March 2014, 2.30pm
Friday 19th September 2014, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performances
Wednesday 25th September 2013, 7.30pm
Friday 28th March 2014, 7.30pm
Saturday 13th September 2014, 2.30pm
Saturday 28th September 2013, 2.30pm
Saturday 1st March 2014, 2.30pm
Friday 26th September 2014, 7.30pm
How many steps are there in the theatre?
There are two entrances to the theatre. The Wilton Road foyer is accessed by 4 steps, with 9 steps on the opposite Vauxhall Bridge Road entrance. There are then 29 steps down to the Stalls level, and 13 steps up to the Dress Circle. There is an accessible entrance into the foyer from Vauxhall Bridge Road, please notify an usher on arrival outside the venue. There is also a wheelchair lift inside the main foyer. Customers with mobility issues are advised to book seats in the Dress Circle, as this is the most accessible area of the auditorium. There is also an in-house wheelchair that can be borrowed for the duration of your visit - please advise when booking.
Where are the toilets located?
The accessible toilet is located on the ground floor foyer. Male and female toilets are located on both levels of the auditorium, as well as the main foyer.
Where are the bars located?
There is a bar located in the main foyer along with a concession stand. There are further bars in each level, as well as VIP rooms which are available to hire on request.
Are there wheelchair facilities in the theatre?
There are 4 wheelchair spaces per performance located in the Dress Circle section. These do get booked very quickly, and it is advisable to book well in advance. Transfer seating is also available to seats in row F of the Dress Circle, but please note that other seats in this section do have steps up to them and no handrails.