Where are the Stalls in a Theatre?
If you're planning a special date with your significant other, or you want to treat your family to an evening out they'll remember for years to come, a trip to the theatre is one of the best things you can do.
Nothing beats the feeling of heading out to see a West End show, but if you've never been before, buying tickets can seem daunting or at the least confusing if you don't know your way around.
Here, we'll give you a quick introduction to the seating arrangement of a typical West End theatre and tell you exactly which seats are which and where you'll find the stalls.
Due to their close proximity to the stage, the stalls are usually the most expensive tickets. The circle seats tend to be cheaper as they are further away.
If you're looking to save some money, the back rows of either section are usually cheaper than the rest. However, sitting at the back of the stalls or circle is not advised if you can avoid it as you will almost certainly miss out on some of the atmosphere, and it may be difficult to see what's going on at all times.
The cheapest seats in the house are usually the ones marked restricted. Unfortunately, there's a reason for the low price – restricted means your view of the stage will be partially obscured, which could have a big impact on your enjoyment of your show.
The typical layout of a theatre
While most theatres have a fairly unique layout, step through the doors of any major West End show and you'll find several features they all have in common. Head up the stairs and you'll discover an area of seating that's referred to as the circle or royal circle. This area offers good views as these seats are raised so you're looking down on the stage.
The disadvantage of sitting in the circle is you're further away from the stage so it's not a prime location. You'll still be able to see and hear everything, but you might feel that you're too far away to get the most out of the show.
If you suffer from vertigo or you're planning on bringing small children, it's a good idea to keep away from the front row of the circle as it's usually quite high up.
Another similarity that West End theatres have in common is the stall seating.
Where are the stalls located?
The stalls are located on the ground floor, directly in front of the stage. If you are in the circle, you can look down on the stalls.
What are the benefits of the sitting in the stalls?
The main benefit of sitting in the stalls is the incredible view you'll get. It might not be a good idea to sit on the front row unless you're very tall as it can be difficult to see what's going on, but a couple of rows back will give you the best view in the house!.
If you're lucky enough to get a seat near the front of the stalls, you'll feel the atmosphere better than anyone, and if there is any audience participation, you'll be in the perfect position, even if you don't want to get involved yourself.