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 56 seat reviews and 62 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 A9

jadeprince 5"4, 150 reviews, 2 helpful votes
August Wilson Theatre Orchestra A9 view from seat photo

I didn’t like this seat at all. You are in the corner pushed right up against a wall. The way the seat and wall is positioned means you need to sit with your legs at an angle for comfort but this means you are encroaching in the seat next to you. You... More

Saw Mean Girls Mean Girls on 02 June 2019

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Mezzanine A19

rukayacesar 5"7, 299 reviews, 50 helpful votes
August Wilson Theatre Mezzanine A19 view from seat photo

I was worried, with this seat being on the end of the row, that it would be a terrible view. Thankfully, it wasn't too bad! You do miss part of the left-hand side of the stage but the action mostly happens in the middle so it's ok. The legroom was... More

Saw Mean Girls Mean Girls on 14 April 2019

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Mezzanine H114

Jamb0r 178, 161 reviews, 4 helpful votes
August Wilson Theatre Mezzanine H114 view from seat photo

The rake in the mezzanine in this theatre isn't very good at all. I had someone of average height sat in front of me and they blocked a significant portion of the stage, meaning I was constantly having to move to see around them. The legroom was also... More

Visited 28 April 2019

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