August Wilson Theatre, New York

Seating chart

August Wilson Theatre seating chart

August Wilson Theatre Seating Chart

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 109 seat reviews and 102 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

Orchestra C108
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LucasB 176cm, 34 reviews, 2 helpful votes
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August Wilson Theatre Orchestra C108 view from seat photo

The legroom was okay, could've been just a tad better but I am quite tall so that might be why it was a problem for me... Otherwise, I'd say the seat is too close to the stage. Sure, you see everything, every little detail on the actors' faces...but... More

Saw Mean Girls Mean Girls on 25 August 2019

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Orchestra ZZ5
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alisonkirsty 5'3", 205 reviews, 9 helpful votes
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August Wilson Theatre Orchestra ZZ5 view from seat photo

Comfortable enough seat but legroom is very tight. To the right of the seat is a pillar, with a pile of Playbills stored beside it, cutting into the available space further. Rake is very poor, I couldn't see over the heads in front without two booster... More

Saw Mean Girls Mean Girls on 23 July 2019

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Orchestra ZZ7
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alisonkirsty 5'3", 205 reviews, 9 helpful votes
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August Wilson Theatre Orchestra ZZ7 view from seat photo

Two seats on their own in the last row of the theatre by the main entrance. Legroom is okay in this seat by the aisle, rake is poor (photo was taken before the girls in the row in front arrived) and the stage is very "letterboxed" by the mezzanine above. More

Saw Mean Girls Mean Girls on 23 July 2019

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