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 187 seat reviews and 169 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.

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

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

Mezzanine M16

jordanh22 5”10, 23 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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Orchestra T115

summbrummsl 160cm, 22 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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August Wilson Theatre Orchestra T115 view from seat photo

I bought this seat as a rush ticket. It's very central but being short is a bit of a problem because there are many heads in front of you. Nevertheless it's a seat next to the aisle so you can lean slightly left and still sitting comfy. You can see about... More

Saw Mean Girls Mean Girls on 19 February 2020

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Orchestra B9

summbrummsl 160cm, 22 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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August Wilson Theatre Orchestra B9 view from seat photo

This restriced view seat is great! You don't miss any of the action. Sometimes you can even peek backstage on the right side. I didn't feel like the missing part of the left stage did make me miss anything of the show. There's a lot if room for putting... More

Saw Mean Girls Mean Girls on 14 February 2020

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