Opera House seating plan

Opera House seating plan

Opera House Seating Plan

The Opera House has a capacity of 1915 seats, including 830 seats in the Stalls, 552 seats in the Circle and 533 seats in the Gallery. Use our interactive seating plan to view 96 seat reviews and 53 photos of views from seat.

Venue overview

The Opera House, Manchester is a Grade II listed building that originally opened in 1912 under the name of the New Theatre. In 1915, the building was sold to United Theatre Ltd and renamed the New Queens Theatre in order to stand a better chance against competitors. Due to the regular performances of Sir Thomas Beecham between 1916 and 1920, the venue was renamed to the Opera House. After the Second World War, the building became a cinema and was later used as a bingo hall before becoming a theatre once more in 1984.

Large touring musicals are often housed at the Opera House, including Barnum, The Phantom of the Opera and The Rocky Horror Show. Following major refurbishments in 2003, the venue continues to host major productions from across the country and from London’s West End. With a seating capacity of 1,920, the Opera House is built across three levels; the Stalls, Circle and Gallery. The Stalls are the largest section, with over 800 seats that offer excellent views. The Circle seats over 500 people and offers good views of the stage due to raked seating. The Gallery is the highest tier and seats over 500 people, offering clear views. Designed by Charles Lovett Gill, the Opera House is an expansive commercial theatre in the heart of busy Manchester.

Good value seats

For those searching for good views on a budget, the Gallery offers extremely clear views from Row C and back for a discounted price. Seats towards the rear of the Stalls are also good for plays and musicals that do not involve a high set. Sitting in the central seats of each section often ensure that you have the best view.

Premium seats

Seats in the front and mid-centre of the Stalls are the best overall seats in the Opera House. These seats offer clear, unrestricted views of the stage. Equally, sitting in the mid-front of the Circle ensures that you will have a great view, particularly for large-scale musical productions.

Recent seat reviews

Circle B4
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GirlInThePinkWheelchair 5ft, 1 reviews
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Opera House B4 view from seat photo

This is where my wheelchair was “parked “ for the night. It’s view was great could see the stage clearly! However getting into the right position was very hard as there’s not much room to manoeuvre in. Also once I was parked up I had people who arriv... More

Saw Dick Whittington Dick Whittington on 21 December 2017

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Stalls B23
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ruthc17 5"8, 45 reviews
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Opera House B23 view from seat photo

Absolutely perfect view - it is the second row so it is not a surprise! You can see everything and definitely won’t miss a thing. Seat itself is well padded but leg room isn’t great - not uncomfortably so but if you’re taller than 5”8 it might feel a... More

Saw Dick Whittington Dick Whittington on 16 December 2017

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Stalls C10
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josephmaden-cawthray 10 reviews
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Opera House C10 view from seat photo

Great close up view of the stage. Perhaps wouldn't want to be more than a seat or two further to the right as you might miss some of the right hand side of stage particularly in this production as band were to each side of the stage. Comfortable as I... More

Saw Crazy For You Crazy For You on 28 November 2017

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