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Orchestra Guide

The Orchestra is the largest section in the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, with around 653 seats spread across the Left, Right and Center. A further 24 seats are located in Boxes elevated at either side, and up to 15 standing tickets are sometimes available at the back.

Sightlines across the Orchestra are good, with the best views in rows C-E of the Center Orchestra. However, there are some significant areas which may be less desirable: rows AA-B can feel too close to the stage for some, and rows behind Q will notice the Mezzanine overhang (which begins at row J) is significantly more obstructive. Seats above single digits in the Left and Right Mezzanine can also have angled, restricted views of the stage.

Prices in the Orchestra are more expensive than the Mezzanine above, with premium seating in the Center Orchestra. Rows K-O in the Center Orchestra represent good value for money thanks to their head-on and relatively immersive position. The cheapest seats are in the far corners and back rows, where views are more likely to be restricted.

The Orchestra is step-free, with wheelchair spaces and transfer seats mainly at the rear of the section.

Left Orchestra

The Left Orchestra has 18 rows from A-S, with odd-numbered seating between 1 and 27. Legroom is best on either aisle, but patrons should try the lower range such as C1 before the far side, where the stage is more angled and partial view. This is slightly worse in seats such as K25 and J21, where the Boxes stick out a little about halfway up the stage. By row Q, the Mezzanine overhang begins to cut into the top of the stage as well, and the cheaper seats in the back corner are more restricted. Some patrons may find that row A, whilst immersive, is too close to comfortably enjoy every scene; the lower range of rows C-E are ideal.

Three Boxes are elevated to the left of this section, offering a private but angled view.

Right Orchestra

The Right Orchestra comprises 18 rows of even-numbered seating between 2 and 28 at its widest. Views are best at a slight distance from the stage, such as rows D-F. Further back, structural features can affect sightlines, such as the Boxes jutting out a little, about halfway up, in seats including K26 and H22; the right-hand side of the stage being restricted in double-digit seats; and the Mezzanine overhang cutting into the top of the stage in rows Q-S. However, the actors themselves can usually be seen quite clearly from front to back. Legroom varies, with the most space on either aisle, and seats tend to cost more towards the front and inside, and decrease as views become more partial. Three Boxes are elevated to the right of this section, with intimate but very angled sightlines.

Center Orchestra

The Center Orchestra contains 19 rows of seats running between 101 and 114 left to right. All seats in this section face more or less directly towards the stage, with premium rows C-E in fantastic positions which don’t feel too close or uncomfortable. Conversely, rows AA and A can be too close, with the stage itself blocking parts of the set. Behind row P, prices decrease and sightlines may be affected by other patrons sitting in front. The Mezzanine overhang also affects views of the top of the stage in rows Q-S; parts of the set may be cut off as a result. However, theatergoers sitting anywhere from row C to row O will have clear views to get absorbed in the music and choreography of a feel-good musical or the drama of a play.

SeatPlan’s best views of the stage

Seats in rows C-E of the Center Orchestra are just right: not so close that patrons will spend the whole performance looking up or craning to see the back of the stage, nor too far to take in the details of individual performances.

Best legroom seats

The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre’s legroom has mixed reviews, so although not as cramped as some other venues, a seat on one the inside aisles is a good bet to stay comfortable throughout the show.


• The Mezzanine overhang starts at row J, and obstructs the top of the stage from row Q
• The best views are from rows C-E of the Center Orchestra
• Acoustics can be a little distorted under the Mezzanine
• Inside aisle seats in the Left and Right, and rows K-O in the Center, are good value seats
• All wheelchair spaces are at the rear of the Orchestra


Center Orchestra seats in rows A-D are the most expensive, owing to their direct and intimate proximity to performances. Although the Orchestra is by far more expensive than the Mezzanine, good deals can be found in Center Orchestra rows K-O, as well as single-digit seats on the Left and Right. The cheapest seats reflect the most restricted views, in the rear and corners of the Orchestra.


The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre’s bar is located in the lower lobby, down one flight of stairs. Patrons can buy a variety of drinks, but may find prices higher than local bars.


The closest restrooms are down one flight of stairs, in the lower lobby. The women’s restroom has more stalls than the men’s, but will still get busy during the intermission. A wheelchair accessible restroom is located on the main level.

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