Palace Theatre seating plan

Palace Theatre seating plan

Palace Theatre Seating Plan

The Palace Theatre has a capacity of 1998 seats, including 838 seats in the Stalls, 649 seats in the Circle and 511 seats in the Grand Tier. Use our interactive seating plan to view 220 seat reviews and 142 photos of views from seat.

Venue overview

Originally opening in 1891, the Palace Theatre of Varieties had an immense capacity of 3,675. Hosting stars such as Harry Lauder, Lillie Langtry and Charlie Chaplin, it was one of the most prolific Music Hall venues. In 1913, the building was renovated under architect Bertie Crew and reopened after seven months with a performance from Harry Houdini. After renovations, the seating capacity was reduced to 2,600 and played host to revues, large-scale musicals and pantomimes. From the 1940’s onwards, the Palace Theatre saw radio stars, ballet, concerts and plays such as Hamlet grace the stage.

In the late 1970’s, the Palace Theatre underwent major refurbishment, which extended the stage and dressing rooms to accommodate companies such as the Covent Garden Opera and Kirov Ballet. The auditorium and Front of House were restored to their original Edwardian décor. In 1981, the theatre opened with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar and has since hosted touring productions such as Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast and Victoria Wood.

Built across three tiers including the Stalls, Circle and Grand Tier, the venue now has a capacity of around 1,900 seats. The Stalls is the largest section, with approximately 750 seats offering great views of the stage. The Circle seats over 600 people, whilst the Grand Tier seats a more modest 510. In the heart of Manchester, the Palace Theatre is one of the city’s most prolific venues.

Good value seats

Good seats on a budget can be found towards the rear of each section, particularly in the Circle. The Grand Tier overhang slightly affects the view, but this is dependent on the production. Good value seats can also be found towards the ends of rows, where there may not necessarily be restrictions but the seat may be angled towards the stage.

Premium seats

Seats in the mid-front of each section, specifically in rows C-H, offer the best overall views in the theatre as they are usually devoid of restrictions. Sit in the Stalls to feel close to the stage or in the front few rows of the Circle for a large-scale musical.

Recent seat reviews

Circle A17
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katrobson79 5ft 5, 33 reviews
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Palace Theatre A17 view from seat photo

You could see the stage at full perfection no view imperfections at all. Brilliant view. However the seats in the circle seem to be getting worse and terribly tired and a lack of room for movement unlike the stalls. We had seat A17 and 18. 17 bei... More

Saw Blood Brothers Blood Brothers on 16 May 2018

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Circle C12
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bolindai 5"4, 3 reviews
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Palace Theatre C12 view from seat photo

All of the stage was perfectly clear and even actors' faces were 100% visible! Great view of everything - even the raised scenes. It was also great for seeing all the dancing patterns! Leg room was a little tight but it wasn't uncomfortable.... More

Saw Miss Saigon Miss Saigon on 10 May 2018

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Circle C30
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rochellebalboa 5"9, 104 reviews, 23 helpful votes
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Palace Theatre C30 view from seat photo

The view here is fantastic. I wouldn't sit anywhere else in this theatre! The circle is so close to the stage and I prefer looking down on the show rather looking up from the stalls. Well worth the ticket price. The only downside to the circle seats ... More

Saw Miss Saigon Miss Saigon on 30 April 2018

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