Palace Theatre, Manchester

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 559 seat reviews and 431 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 Q4
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MyBankAccountHatesTheatre 6'1, 27 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Palace Theatre Circle Q4 view from seat photo

The stage feels far aware, however all of it is clearly in view, the overhang from the upper circle cuts off the proscenium but nothing on the actual stage is obscured. Legroom is bad, you also feel compact and on top of each other, however the view and... More

Saw The Bodyguard The Bodyguard on 19 December 2019

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Stalls W10
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danbous 5'10, 70 reviews, 5 helpful votes
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Palace Theatre Stalls W10 view from seat photo

If you have someone tall in front of you then the view may be impaired. Good seat, good leg room and is the end of a row with nothing on one side so plenty of space. For this production, the top of the video wall was cut off by the circle overhang. Also... More

Saw The Bodyguard The Bodyguard on 19 December 2019

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Circle A27
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missjodie 44 reviews
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Palace Theatre Circle A27 view from seat photo

Absolutely amazing central seat on the front row. Probably one of the best seats in the whole theatre. Decent amount of legroom and a perfect clear view of the entire stage. Would definitely sit here again. More

Saw Wicked Wicked on 11 December 2018

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