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Seating issues for large tall persons

Traveling to London with a 6'5" somewhat heavy set and arthritic partner. In the past he has had issues with fitting in theater seats and tour buses. Does anyone have recommendations for London theaters and a London-Stonehenge tour company with larger seats/more leg room? Thanks for your advice.

Posted by
1932 posts

London theatres are going to be tough. If you can get an aisle seat in a aisle row, that would be the best.

That's the one thing I hate about the old theaters, they are tight even for a petite person like me. You might check if they have handicap seats available.

Posted by
4684 posts

I would pick the more modern theatres like the National Theatre (NOT Cottesloe) or the Barbican Theatre.

Posted by
2770 posts

I went to three west end shows last month, at two of those I saw several tall heavy set people. They didn’t seem uncomfortable. I have never found any theatre in London that felt tight.

Posted by
5195 posts

I don't enjoy the theatre much so I rarely go but on the occasions where I've been coerced I found the seating to be considerably uncomfortable as I'm a broad shouldered, 6'3" bloke. Theatre seating just wasn't designed for people like me and I would dread to think what it would be like to be arthritic as well. On occasions I've gone to the back and stood up as that was the only way to relieve the discomfort. Unfortunately there isn't much in the way of a solution or compromise for your partner.

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Thank you for the replies. It's a real issue--the last time we were in London he had to leave the theater early because he simply could not fit his legs into the space between rows. The theatermonkey resource is great! Very specific information on leg room for each theater.