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Circle in the Square Theatre, New York
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Circle in the Square Theatre Capacity

The Circle in the Square Theatre has a capacity of 693 seats.Use our interactive seating chart to view 95 seat reviews and 95 photos of views from seat.

Venue Overview

The Circle in the Square was originally founded in 1951 by a collective of directors, actors and producers in Greenwich Village in Lower Manhattan. Over the first 20 years, the theatre group occupied several different locations, staging acclaimed productions of plays by Tennessee Williams, Eugene O'Neill and Thornton Wilder.

The current building in Midtown Manhattan was built in 1970 and is one of two theatres, alongside the Gershwin Theatre, within the Paramount Plaza office tower. The theatre's auditorium was built to replicate the amphitheatres of Ancient Greece and Rome and is one of only two Broadway houses to use a thrust stage – the other being the Vivian Beaumont Theater within the Lincoln Center complex.

The first production at the theatre was a revival of Eugene O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra in 1972. Circle in the Square operated as a non-profit producing house for the next 25 years where it mounted several Broadway premieres including Peter Nichols' The National Health, alongside revivals of classic American plays. However, the theatre suffered a string of commercial and critical flops which lead to the founders of the theatre filing for bankruptcy in 1997.

A revitalised Circle in the Square reopened in 1999, now as a receiving house for major Broadway producers and commercial theatre companies. Profits from the theatre are invested into the Circle in the Square Theatre School, which operates within the venue, and offers students training programs in musical theatre and acting.

Notable recent productions at Circle in the Square include the Tony Award-winning revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill starring Audra McDonald, the acclaimed revival of the musical Once on this Island, and the Broadway premiere of Fun Home, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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Good value seats

Due to the amphitheatre nature of Circle in the Square, there are no significantly obstructed views from any seats. Seats in the first few rows offer good value and allow you to feel totally immersed in any show at this unique venue. For those on a tighter budget, look for seats at the rear of the venue towards the centre, including row H and J, these offer a clear, if more distant, view of the stage.

Premium seats

The best seats at Circle in the Square are located in rows B, C and D of the orchestra as they are located at a prime distance from the stage. For the best view from these seats, opt for those as close to the middle of the row. The seating offers an ample rake, so you'll enjoy an elevated, uninterrupted view of the stage.

Recent Audience Views

Orchestra G226

doubledreviews 5' 11", 90 reviews
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Circle in the Square Theatre Orchestra G226 view from seat photo

Didn't miss any angles in this seat! I think the shoulder room was the only thing to complain about. The two parties surrounding me lounged themselves and ended up throwing things on top of me. Other than that, good view and legroom! More

Saw KPOP KPOP on 17 November 2022

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Orchestra F225

kennymorgan 5' 8", 117 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Circle in the Square Theatre Orchestra F225 view from seat photo

Circle is my favorite Broadway theater because no matter where you are, the house is beautifully intimate. Depending on the production certain sides and sections may be more preferable but generally you can’t go wrong. More

Saw KPOP KPOP on 27 October 2022

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Orchestra B239

suzanneb23 3 reviews
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Circle in the Square Theatre Orchestra B239 view from seat photo

My ticket number was actually B 407. This number was not offered in the drop down menu; so, I picked the number that was shown on this site’s map ( B “239”). This is a partial view ticket; however, I felt that I missed very little. As another audi... More

Saw American Buffalo American Buffalo on 02 June 2022

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