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August Wilson Theatre, New York
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August Wilson Theatre capacity

August Wilson Theatre Seating Chart

The August Wilson Theatre has a capacity of 1239 seats. Section capacities are 754 Orchestra and 485 Mezzanine. Use our interactive seating chart to view 291 seat reviews and 271 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, 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 - for Funny Girl, action at the top of two staircases on stage is cut off - 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.

Tips

• 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

Funny Girl has some staircases at either side of the stage, and if you sit too far back in the Orchestra these are cut off at the top. However, most of the musical is performed center stage, so seats in the middle rows of Orchestra Left and Right are great options if you want to pay less but still feel close to the action. Cheap tickets in the back of the Mezzanine are a little distant, but promise a decent overview of the stage on a budget.

Premium seats

For a big-budget, classic musical like Funny Girl, the best seats in the August Wilson Theatre are Center Orchestra rows E - J. These are the perfect distance from the stage so you won’t miss the actors’ feet during the dance numbers, and can take in the entire set. Rows B and C of the Center Mezzanine also promise some of the best views, with an open view of the entire stage.

Recent audience views

Orchestra A10

ilvinnieves 36 reviews
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August Wilson Theatre Orchestra A10 view from seat photo

View is partially obstructed by some speakers stage left, but still a great view, first row, legroom is somewhat limited by the wall on the right and by the edge of the stage. This is a lottery seat. Bonus: You can appreciate the costumes up close, and... More

Saw Funny Girl Funny Girl on 01 July 2022

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Mezzanine P101
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BriT 48 reviews, 2 helpful votes
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August Wilson Theatre Mezzanine P101 view from seat photo

Considering this seat is in the 2nd to last row of the theater, the view isn't bad. Center section so there is not obstructed view unless a really tall person sits in front of you. You don't have to lean forward to see downstage either. More

Saw Funny Girl Funny Girl on 12 April 2022

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Mezzanine M16

jordanh22 5”10, 67 reviews
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August Wilson Theatre Mezzanine M16 view from seat photo

There is not a bad seat in this theatre. Each chair has a completely uninterrupted view of the stage. I was three rows from the edge and didn’t miss a single thing. The chair is comfortable and roomy with not bad leg room! There is a bar in front of you... More

Saw Mean Girls Mean Girls on 18 February 2020

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