Brooks Atkinson Theatre Orchestra

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Orchestra guide

The Orchestra is the largest section at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, with just under 600 seats across three stage-level sections and four elevated Boxes on either side. There are also standing tickets available behind row Q for some performances.

The Mezzanine overhang starts at row J, so seats behind this may experience a bit of cut-off at the top of the stage. However, the auditorium itself isn’t large so even those sitting in the back rows won't feel like they’re missing out. This also means rows E-L are a good – and popular – option, at a slightly lower price than the premium rows AAA-D. Sightlines across the Orchestra are largely clear with just a moderately flat rake at the front, although on the far sides and Boxes, the stage will be partial view.

The best legroom in Brooks Atkinson Theatre Orchestra is on the aisles, but patrons should try to avoid those on the outside of the Left and Right Orchestra as a first choice. These seats tend to be very angled to the stage, with the effect more pronounced in the front few rows.

Patrons using wheelchairs can find designated step-free seating for themselves and companions in the rear of the Orchestra, and transfer seats are similarly found, also step-free, across rows C-P.

Left Orchestra

Left Orchestra seating comprises 18 rows of varying lengths, with the front row (AAA) having just two seats and the longest rows running odd-numbered from 1 to 25. Seats on the inside provide a better overall view than double-digit seats towards the far aisle, where views are more restricted and angled. Between the far aisle seats in rows F-H, lighting rigs attached to the Left Box slightly stick out, but this is a minor obstruction. Views from front to back are generally good, and the back row doesn’t feel too distant. The best legroom is on the inside aisle, where sightlines are more direct. Seats towards the front and inside of this section are more expensive than those in the back and far side.

Two Boxes are elevated to the side of the Left Orchestra, but the views are very angled.

Right Orchestra

The Right Orchestra has a similar layout to the Left, with seats running even-numbered between 1 and 26 at its widest. Seats in the double digits have slanted views of the stage, and patrons will usually pay less for these than more head-on seats by the inside aisle. Far aisle seats in the front three or four rows can feel particularly skewed; despite being very immersive, the stage itself can be an obstruction at this angle. Conversely, the view from seat from the back rows is quite clear, and the distance doesn’t feel too large - theatergoers may want to compare options according to personal preference. Anyone wanting extra legroom should look for an inside aisle seat for a better overall experience.

A further two Boxes are placed adjacent to the Right Orchestra. These are good for intimate viewing, but the angle can be below average.

Center Orchestra

The Center Orchestra is one continuous section of 18 rows. Seat numbers run from 101-114 left to right and some of the best seats are in the middle of rows AA-D, where views are completely immersive and detailed. The very front row, AAA, is also premium but may feel too close to the stage. From front to back the Center Orchestra doesn’t feel too remote, so seats in rows E-L can be a good value option. Seats in rows N-Q are the cheapest, being at the very back of the auditorium. The best legroom in the Center Orchestra is on the aisle and front row, and unlike the Left and Right Orchestra both sides are worth a go because they face directly towards the stage.

SeatPlan’s best views of the stage

Seats in the Center Orchestra, rows AAA-D are incredibly close and immersive, without feeling too far below the stage. Seats a few rows back are also ideal for enjoying the show with a clear, direct and detailed view of the acting and set.

Best legroom seats

Seats on the Center Orchestra or inside aisles give patrons the opportunity to get some extra legroom for their money, without compromising on a head-on view.

Tips

• Wheelchair accessible seating is located in rows O and P
• The Mezzanine overhang starts at row J
• The best seats are in rows AAA-B of the Center Orchestra
• When picking aisle seats for legroom, choose the inside; the far aisle seats are very angled
• Restrooms are one floor up in the Mezzanine; go up before the show to avoid intermission queues

Pricing

Center Orchestra seats are the most expensive in the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, with premium seats closest to the stage. Expect to find prices a bracket or two cheaper towards the back and side of the section.

Bars

The theater bar is in the Mezzanine lobby, up 19 steps from the ground floor and Orchestra. This bar serves all patrons in the theater so will be busy during the intermission.

Toilets

The closest restrooms are on the Mezzanine level, up 19 steps. These serve all three levels of seating so may get busy during the intermission. A wheelchair accessible restroom is located on the Orchestra level.