10 Balcony photos
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The Belasco Theatre’s Balcony is the venue’s smallest section, in addition to being the cheapest. It comprises 200 seats, with a further 25 standing spaces sometimes available at the very back. Situated one flight of stairs up from the Mezzanine, the section is not suitable for patrons with limited mobility and does not offer any wheelchair or transfer seating.
The Balcony is split into three sections of up to six rows of 40 seats at their longest. Prices are great for a bargain although views may reflect this, with the steep rake acting as a double-edged sword: it provides a great angle for catching the action, but other patrons leaning forward might block the stage. Some patrons may also find the view to be too steep and distant to appreciate facial expressions.
Other restrictions in this section may be caused by the curve of the seats; safety bars across row A; and the Left and Right Boxes jutting out in front of the Left and Right Balcony seats. The best seats in the Balcony are central, towards the front.
Left BalconyThe Left Balcony contains some of the cheapest seats in the house, with six rows of seats beginning at one on the inside, reaching up to 25 at the far edge. Patrons should opt for seats as centrally as possible in the first instance, because the curve of the section and other features including the Left Boxes may cut off up to a third of the stage at the outside. In line with the rest of the venue, legroom is best on the aisle of the Belasco Theatre’s Left Balcony; this is particularly notable here, where the seat pitch is not ideal for taller patrons.
Right BalconySeats in the Right Balcony run even-numbered from 28 at the outside to two on the inside aisle, and extend back six rows. A safety bar sits in front of row A, which can cause restricted views, especially if patrons sit in the higher-numbered seats towards the outer side of the section. Aisle seats are best for those needing extra legroom, although as a first choice those on the inside aisle should be chosen to avoid obstruction from the curve of the Balcony, safety bars and Right Boxes. Seats in this section are a lot cheaper than the premium Orchestra and even Mezzanine seats; the most expensive are found in the front few rows towards the inside. Views of the stage are also likely to be best here, avoiding the worst of the obstructions either side.
Center BalconyCenter Balcony seating is the best to sit in when looking at this section. Seats run from 101-114, with six rows extending backwards on a steep rake which provides a bird’s-eye-view of the stage. Although distant and steep, sightlines are much less likely to be cut off by surrounding safety features and architecture. For some patrons the safety bar running along row A may cause an obstruction. The best seats, taking into account cost and overall view, are in the middle of rows B-D. Patrons seeking better legroom should opt for aisle seats here rather than at the far edges. Similarly to the rest of the Balcony, seats reduce in cost towards the back and sides of the Center Balcony.
SeatPlan’s best views of the stageSeats in the Center Balcony rows A-C are the best of this section; row A may be unsuitable for shorter patrons due to a safety bar.
Best legroom seatsAny seats on the aisle are much better for legroom than elsewhere in the Balcony. Aim to pick seats on either end of the Center Balcony.
Tips• The seat pitch at this height is not ideal for taller patrons; opt for seats on the aisles
• The best views will be found in the Center Balcony
• Try to avoid the corner seats as these offer below-average views for the section
• The rake and distance mean finer details can’t be appreciated
PricingThe Belasco Theatre Balcony has the cheapest seats in the house, with prices at their lowest towards the back and extreme sides. Patrons who want a bargain and don’t mind restricted views should make the most of this section.
The Belasco Theatre’s bar is down three flights of stairs, in the basement. Refreshments can get expensive, so patrons may want to enjoy a drink before or after the performance elsewhere.
Women’s restrooms are available on this level. Men should expect to walk down two or three flights of stairs to Orchestra or basement level for restrooms.