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APOLLO HAMMERSMITH


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Performance Schedule:
The monkey advises checking performance times on your tickets and that performances are happening as scheduled, before travelling.

Varies by event. See www.eventimapollo.com, www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.livenation.co.uk for details.

 

Ticket Prices:

Varies by event. See www.hammersmithapollo.com for details.
 

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Buying Tickets Online:

Other Box Office Information

Tickets offered differ between outlets. Outlets also may offer different seats via their phone and online systems. Offers may be available click here.
Venue Box Office:
www.hammersmithapollo.com (Eventim) provide the service for this venue.
This system usually allows you to choose your own seats. For busy events, however, the system allocates seats without an option.
 

Other Online Booking Options: click here.

Booking fees per ticket for online bookings:
Varies by event. The system / sales team will advise at time of enquiry.

Other Online Choices (with S.T.A.R. genuine ticket agencies):

www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.Seetickets.com often have a selection of tickets available for events here.

Independent S.T.A.R. ticket agencies may also offer an alternative choice of seats, though many don't sell tickets for pop events at this venue.


 

Box Office Information:
Tickets offered differ between outlets. Outlets also may offer different seats via their phone and online systems. Offers may be available click here.
Venue Box Office:
Telephone: 0844 844 4748 or 0844 249 1000
( 0161 385 3211 for Ticketmaster if you cannot use the 0844 number)
Operated by Ticketmaster and Eventim on behalf of the venue.

Booking fees per ticket for telephone bookings:
Varies by event. The sales team will advise at time of enquiry.

For personal callers or by post: Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London. W6 9QH
The venue box office is normally only open from late afternoon (4 or 5pm onwards) on performance days only, and charges the same booking fee as by telephone to credit card purchasers - no fee for cash. In other words, a journey may not save you money!

Special Access Needs Customers:
Wheelchair users and other registered disabled theatregoers please see notes for details.

www.hammersmithapollo.com is the official venue website

"VIP Hospitality" is available at some events. Contact Mark Butler Associates on 020 7603 6033 or visit www.markbutler.co.uk for information. This is one way of getting special tickets to sold out events, muses the monkey - though it is pricey! 

 

 
 
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Venue Seat Opinions:
Please remember that cheaper seats often do not offer the same view / location quality as top price ones, and that ticket prices are designed to reflect this difference.

A new layout, from 17th September 2003 allows the stalls to be replaced with a standing area that takes audience capacity at the venue to around 5000 people.

If "all standing" is used, Stalls tickets will generally be marked "GA" for "General Admission". They are often sold on the Ticketmaster system as "Stalls Standing", just to be clear, though!

 

Seating Plan Diagram

Stalls Dress Circle Notes
STALLS 

Layout:
The Dress Circle overhangs the Stalls at row Y. The view of the top of the stage is only affected very slightly from row CC back.

When seating is used, the stalls are split into sections by aisles. The front section is divided off by an aisle in front of row N, and contains a central and two side blocks. The rear section from row N to FF has six blocks. Either side of the centre aisle are two blocks. Beside them are two outer blocks. These outer blocks are split into middle and rear sections by aisles in front of row X. Only the centre two blocks have seats in row W.

The stage front is usually flat, so that seats no longer curve around the front of it. There is also often a decent gap at either end of the front rows between the proscenium arch and the start of the seating. The gap means speakers can be put there without encroaching on sightlines as badly as they did before, for those lucky enough to be in the front rows for concerts.

Without seats, a few rails to lean on are provided around the auditorium.

Legroom:
G
ood throughout the stalls, best in rows A, N and in row X seats 1 to 16 and 37 to 52.

Choosing Seats in General:
Front Section:
Theatremonkey rates front section central block seats in rows E to M particularly worth buying, offering a fine view.
A reader notes the rake had gone in 2014, though, before row M. Then try rows D to A in that order before choosing the inside aisle seats in the side blocks of the front section.

In the two front section side blocks, seats closest to the inside aisle have a fair view, but for the same money, choose the central blocks. Depending on the performance, the outermost two seats in rows B and C, three in D and four in E to M may not see into the stage corners with speakers or other bits of set in front. Still, they may be worthwhile if you are trying to sit as close to the stage as possible, and don't mind the slight lack of view. The box office note that rows B to E can also be very noisy if the speakers are often placed here...bring earplugs is the advice!

Rear Section:
Central two blocks rows N to S are worth buying. Row N seats 13 to 38 in these blocks combine good views and extra legroom. The rest of the central blocks offer just average value, try for the front section seats mentioned above first before taking rows T to Z. To be fair to the venue, all rows in the stalls feel relatively close to the stage considering the size of the place, but if all seats are the same price, why not sit as close as possible?

The two front outer blocks in the middle section offer fair value, with exception of the outermost four seats as again they are mostly outside the proscenium with a poor viewing angle.

Even the rear corner blocks are not terrible - ignoring the outermost four seats once again. Again the architecture allows them all to feel fairly close to the stage and, if not able to see performers faces, at least to see more than just a moving matchstick as in other venues.

In all blocks, the last rows, particularly AA to CC can offer particular value at a low price for those like Theatremonkey who feel in need of a bargain. Take these before the back of the Dress Circle for the same money, though watch for row FF 36 to 48 which have the sound desk behind and could be a noisy place to sit. The rest of these blocks are also fair value.

A final advantage is that the corners of the rear section are close to the exits and high number seats are near the ladies toilets, low numbers near the Gentlemen's. These are the advantages. Take these seats only if you really, really must.

Beside the rear outer blocks is a section for wheelchair users on either side of the auditorium. Each has two chair spaces, with two companion seats beside them. These have an acceptable average view, with the advantage of being slightly elevated.

Behind this is space for two rows of 60 people to stand. Arrive early so that you don't have to stand behind the sound desk!

General Hazard Notes:
Seats in the front row may have views blocked by speakers stacked either on the stage front or up the sides.

Seats are not "offset" to see through the gaps ahead as well as they could be - around a quarter rather than half way between.

Sound desk behind row FF seats 36 to 48.

Changes for the current production:
None.

Reader Comments:
"E 1 and 2: "American Idiot" (December 2012).
I saw American Idiot at the Hammersmith Apollo theatre 13th December 2012. We were in the stalls Row E Seats 1 & 2. These tickets were not sold as restricted view but they definitely were. The show has a speaker tower at the front of either side of the stage. This blocked not only the rear quarter of the stage but about a third of the stage (front and rear). This ruined the first half of the show as the staging of the show consists of three focal points and one was situated in the area we were unable to see. Plus there is some upper level staging which we were unable to see. We were lucky enough to move to seats E8-9 in the interval and we had an unrestricted view. I would definitely recommend the show but from central seats."

"K 33: "Kate Bush" (September 2014). (aisle seat) and there is no rake at all anymore in that front section. Plus there was a seat in front of me, which is not on your plan. The rake it seems starts after the gap on row N, though possibly M was a tiny bit higher than the other rows. I think after the referb they had, they must have levelled out the floor then."


DRESS CIRCLE 
Called the
Circle in this theatre

Layout:
This overhangs the stalls at row Y.

It is divided into front and rear sections by an aisle (and barrier) in front of row G.

The front section is split into five blocks, the rear into six.

There is a low safety rail at the end of each aisle in the front blocks. The monkey has had no complaints about the view being affected by these.

Legroom:
Average in all seats, poor in row A. Those over 5ft 10 or so may find all seats uncomfortable, alas. A reader found seats in row K behind the stairwell excellent, Ive sat in much worse at 6ft 2, though.
 

Choosing Seats in General:
Front Section:
Block 9 rows B to F and the six seats just off the centre aisles in blocks 8 and 10 offer the best value in the circle. The rest of the seats in all blocks are fair value. The distance from the stage means a comfortable viewing angle, but Theatremonkey feels for the same price that the stalls blocks 23 and 24 offer better value for money, being closer to the action.

Rear Section:
Rows soar towards space with a dizzying rake, a remnant of this theatre's previous life as a cinema. Theatremonkey generally prefers the stalls rear blocks to any of these rear blocks at the same prices. Circle blocks 2, 3, 4 and 5 rows G (if the barrier is not a problem) to N are preferable to the outermost seats in the stalls, though, but in the circle row O back is a long way from the stage so the rest of the seats are a choice between distance, view and comfort. The stalls is closer and more comfortable. The circle has a wider view of the stage. Theatremonkey takes the stalls, accepting both options are not great.

The outermost four seats in the two corner blocks in the circle 1 and 6 are worth avoiding. Far away in the corners of the theatre the viewing angle is poor and the value worse. As the last seats available take the centre aisle rows L to P then rows G to J before anything else, but prepare for disappointment.

If they are not discounted, the other seats worth avoiding in all blocks are rows X to Z for being closer to Hammersmith Flyover than the stage. Take these last when all other seats have gone unless they are cheaper.

Standing place tickets will generally be marked "GA" for "General Admission". They are often sold as "Circle Standing", just to be clear, though!

General Hazard Notes:
Smaller children may find the sloped wall at the front of the circle a little high to see over if in row A or even B for the smallest. Those over about 5ft tall should be fine.

The barrier in front of row G may annoy some shorter people.

Row K seats 11 to 13, 24 to 26, and 64 to 66 and row L seats 54 and 55 are behind stairwell walls. These restrict the view for those under five foot seven. Avoid.

Changes for the current production:
None.

Reader Comments:
"B65: "Kate Bush" (September 2014). Right at the far end and red on your diagram. Keep it red, overall the view was good but part of the stage was obscured by speakers hanging down. I appreciate this is not always going to be the case but if you have the choice (I didn't - only got the ticket last week) why risk it? I wouldn't have expected this to be a problem for a 135 ticket! You do see almost everything ( mostly it was part of the backdrops that were obscured) and if the performance was more fixed towards the front of the stage as more traditional concerts are then it would be a negligible problem. Bear in mind also if the people in front lean forward that's a huge chunk of the stage gone. Leg room was ok but i was on an aisle so I could stretch slightly to the side, not much width though. So whilst Kate and her overall show was fabulous enough to not have these aspects annoy me too much I would not choose this place again. On the plus side, you can see where the money has been spent for the refurbishment of the venue - it looks great!"

"K64: "Kate Bush" (September 2014). Just behind the stairwell. You have it rated red for lack of legroom, but I am 62 and legroom was excellent, Ive sat in much worse. Think same would be true for the two seats next to it, 65 and 66."

"O79 and 80: (Robbie). I was quite worried about these (as they are right in the very corner of the circle in a place) I thought the seats were O.K. I could see very clearly. The circle isn't really that far from the stage either, the centre blocks would be better but I think wherever you sit in the circle you will have a good view, as all seats are one higher than the row in front. This means that the person in front of you does not block you from seeing like it would do in Wembley in the flat floor seating."

 

 

Notes
Total 3341 seats, with 298 standing places are also available, 120 in the stalls, 178 in the Dress Circle, should the box office choose to sell them. When all stalls seats are removed, around 3000 standing places are created, taking venue capacity to about 5000 in total. 

Not air conditioned.

Guide dog sitter available and some signed performances. Wheelchair access is via a fire door and over a small ridge to a 12% ramp into the stalls. One adapted toilet. Theatremonkey rates facilities as "trying very hard to do the best they can" in this venue - rare and praiseworthy in London. 

For more information, and to make bookings, wheelchair users can call 020 8563 3806 for booking and access information and details of any concessionary prices available to them. Please DO NOT use this number for any other enquiries.

Fuller details are also available at www.theatre-access.co.uk, Artsline 020 7388 2227 email access@artsline.org.uk. A "venue access guide" from the team who created book "Theatremonkey: A Guide to London's West End," is available to download in PDF format by clicking here.

No food except ice cream and confectionery / popcorn. A reader notes that hot-dogs are also available.

Two bars, Stalls and Dress Circle.

Toilets on both stalls and circle levels at the sides and back of the auditorium. 


 

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Getting to this Venue
Find this theatre on a Street Map
Nearest Underground Station Buses Car Park
Nearest Underground Station:
Hammersmith - District Line (green), Hammersmith and City Line (light purple), Piccadilly Line (dark blue).

On leaving the station, look for the flyover. The theatre is almost under it on the other side of the roundabout.

 

Buses:
9, 9A, 10, 27, 34, R69, 72, H91, 190, 211, 220, 267, 283, 295, 366, 391, 415 all to the nearby bus station.

 

Car Park:
Adjacent to the theatre, under the flyover.
 
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