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 174 seat reviews and 127 photos of views from seat.
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.
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.