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 157 seat reviews and 89 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

Stalls B13
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rebeccaduxbury 5"11, 50 reviews
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Palace Theatre B13 view from seat photo

Made a last minute decision to see Spamalot and managed to get third row tickets for 15 pounds! Incredible view, so close to the stage and no obstructions! Super comfortable seats and great leg room too!... More

Saw Spamalot Spamalot on 11 November 2017

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Stalls T28
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josephmaden-cawthray 10 reviews
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Palace Theatre T28 view from seat photo

It's a little far from the stage so don't forget your spectacles. The very top of the stage is cut off from the overhang of the dress circle but that didn't matter for this production. There is a decent rake so wasn't craning my neck at all. Didn't n... More

Saw Beautiful Beautiful on 12 December 2017

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Stalls A16

ianrobinson 4 reviews
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Palace Theatre A16 view from seat photo

There were 2 rows in front of us on the night, and it was slightly squished, especially when people were moving down to their seats (going to happen when you're sat on the aisle). Could see the whole stage perfectly. The rest of the audience were a b... More

Saw Sunset Boulevard Sunset Boulevard on 26 October 2017

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