website provided as candid a guide and it was a relief to be able to carry the informa- tion around in the form of a book rather than a download. Its a work of serious pas- sion as well as diligent research, he said. The 9.99 book, pub- lished by Red Squirrel, also includes information on public transport. However, even Theatre Monkey could not have pre- dicted what happened to some theatregoers who went to see Anna Friel in Breakfast At Tiffanys at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. The star revealed last week that someone in the balcony vomited during her performance, splattering an unfor- tunate group in the row below. 28 Thursday, 12 November 2009 London Lite newbookgiveslowdownonlegroomandviewoftheaction by GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN theatre guide to best and worst west end seats TheaTre royal haymarkeT Breakfast At Tiffanys Aim for central stalls for superior views. Seat G21 offers abundant legroom. Dress circle overhang is intrusive from row T back. VaudeVille TheaTre Little Voice Most stalls seats offer fairly priced views plus reasonable legroom. Front of dress circle feels framed by side boxes and the circle above. Upper circle feels further away than expected. old Vic Inherit The Wind Central J to M are prime stalls. Lower-priced U to X are preferable to circle seats for tall people. Upper circle provides clear views from all seats except those behind rails. Palace TheaTre Priscilla Queen Of The Desert Legroom seems to vary widely. Rows G, I, O and R attract most knee-popping warnings. Further back, circle overhang becomes an issue at around row P. Phoenix TheaTre Blood Brothers Seats with high numbers at ends of rows A and B have lights in view. In the upper circle and dress circle, a rail bisects row As view with extra rails doubling the effect for A15 and A16, plus B14 and B15. Playhouse TheaTre La Cage Aux Folles Rows D and E win praise for comfort but prime seating is found centrally. Vertigo sufferers should avoid upper circle. Stage fright: Anna Friel in Breakfast At Tiffanys, where some fans definitely had the wrong seats A NEW guidebook to the theatre offers tips on booking the best seats in the West End -- and avoid- ing the worst ones. It quotes the experiences of thousands of theatregoers to warn about seats with a poor view or lack of legroom. Theatre Monkey: A Guide To Londons West End by Steve Rich, analyses every venue in the area. But, as he warns: Even when planning carefully, you could still find Marge Simpson or the Incredible Hulk in front or leaning into your view. The author, who based the book on the Theatremonkey.com website he set up in 2000, also throws in some curious anecdotes. Readers are told which theatres are haunted and are alerted to Londons longest theatre bar, at the Open Air Theatre in Regents Park. Seats at the Prince of Wales Theatre after refurbishment are so luxurious youll want to take one home. And the Vaudeville is named the Monkey favourite theatre. Rich, 40, from north London, started the website to share infor- mation with friends. It was half useful and half a bit of a joke, he said. But within four years it had become a full-time job. He said his least-favourite theatre used to be the Strand -- renamed the Novello. But then Cameron Mackintosh poured shedloads of cash into it and its terrific, he said. I dont dislike any of them any more. Mark Shenton, a critic and writer for The Stage, said no other theatre the audience reviews index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html56.html57.html58.html59.html