The Noel Coward (formally the Albery) is based in the heart of Covent Garden. It was built in a pair with the Wyndham's theatre, being built by Charles Wyndham himself in 1903. Originally called the New Theatre, then the Albery, the name was changed in 2006 in time for the West End transfer of Broadway musical 'Avenue Q'. Today the theatre has a quick turnaround of shows including limited runs of plays, often comedies starring celebrities.
The theatre is grand and traditional in style, spread over four levels. Seating almost 900 audience members the height of the auditorium often makes it feel a lot larger than it is. Views can be tricky towards the ends of rows and in the higher sections, especially as most sections have a deep horseshoe shape, placing seats outside of the natural proscenium.
Big Budget Tip
Premium seats are around the centre of rows F-G, although other seats around them offer an equally good view. With most of the seats in the Stalls priced the same, aim to sit five or six rows back from the front for the best experience.
Best Value Tip
The front row of the Upper Circle is the second cheapest price tier in the theatre. Although leg room can be very tight, it is possible to enjoy the performance from here, once a good view around the safety bar has been established!