August Wilson Theatre, New York

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The August Wilson Theatre has a capacity of 1228 seats, including 743 seats in the Orchestra and 485 seats in the Mezzanine. Use our interactive seating chart to view 150 seat reviews and 137 photos of views from seat.

Venue overview

Since opening in 1925, the August Wilson Theatre has gone by various names including the Guild Theatre and the Virginia Theatre. After a varied history including time as a radio studio, it was renamed in 2005 in honor of a prolific American playwright; Wilson’s work included Fences (1985), which was directed for film by Denzel Washington in 2016.

Built in the Italian-inspired style of many Broadway venues, the August Wilson Theatre is characterized by arches and columns around the auditorium. Despite being a mid-sized venue, the theater feels cozy thanks to its mottled wall design and warm tones throughout, and remains a popular venue for drama buffs and tourists alike.

The August Wilson Theatre was originally built as the home of the Theatre Guild, whose work at the venue ranged from Caesar and Cleopatra (1925) to A Month in the Country (1930). Notable productions since then include the famously polarizing Carrie (1988) which closed after just 16 previews. It’s had more successes than flops since, however, with hits including the Tony Award-winning City of Angels (1989) and its longest-running show, Jersey Boys (2005-2017).

There are around 1,275 seats in the August Wilson Theatre seating chart, spread across two levels. The Orchestra is larger than the Mezzanine, with seats split into Left, Center and Right sections. Desirable views from seat are afforded from the mid-front of the Center Orchestra and the front rows of the Center Mezzanine. Farther back, the Mezzanine overhang can have a pronounced impact on sightlines at the rear of the Orchestra, and those sitting in the far corners will experience partial views. Seats are cheaper in the Mezzanine, and theatergoers can get a good deal from the back rows thanks to a decent rake.


• A stair lift takes patrons from the street to the Orchestra
• Coat check in the main lobby is $3 per item, for bags and large coats
• Programs and souvenirs can be purchased in the main lobby
• Bars are on two levels and drinks can be taken back to your seat

Good value seats

There are various options for good value seating at the August Wilson Theatre. The lower-priced middle rows of the Center Mezzanine offer excellent overhead views of the stage, and guests on a tighter budget can even see comfortably from the very back of the Mezzanine. Seats before row U in the Center Orchestra also offer a decent sightline for less.

Premium seats

The best seats in the August Wilson Theatre are in the front rows of the Center Orchestra and Center Mezzanine. Rows D-G of the Center Orchestra are a perfect distance to combine comfort with an immersive feel, and row A of the Center Mezzanine has unbeatable elevated views.

Recent seat reviews

Orchestra D10

whatbakingcando 5"6, 146 reviews, 1 helpful vote
August Wilson Theatre Orchestra D10 view from seat photo

They really tried to convince me not to buy this seat as it would be "very restricted view"...but I honestly have no idea what they were talking about. It is to the side, but I didn't find myself missing anything. It is quite a tight fit in the seats... More

Saw Mean Girls Mean Girls on 04 January 2020


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Orchestra A9

alliekate 4 reviews
August Wilson Theatre Orchestra A9 view from seat photo

Little spot to put your bag because it’s the last seat. You maybe miss 30 seconds of stuff that happens right on the sides. It’s close! So you’ll miss the “big picture” but it’s great fun being so close to the action! Would happily sit here again More

Saw Mean Girls Mean Girls on 30 December 2019


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Orchestra M10

eugenegriffin 59 reviews, 2 helpful votes
August Wilson Theatre Orchestra M10 view from seat photo

A brilliant seat that I got as a rush ticket! Amazing value. The seats are staggered so no heads get in the way and it still feels very central. You are just 1 row infront of where the mezzanine starts so you are still really close and you can take in... More

Saw Mean Girls Mean Girls on 22 December 2019


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