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Dress Circle guide
The Hudson Theatre Dress Circle has around 258 seats split into Left, Right and Center sections. These three sections are divided by aisles which run the length of the Dress Circle; at the back of the Center Dress Circle, rows are also split in the middle by a pillar and small aisle.
Views across the Dress Circle are impressive thanks to the Hudson Theatre’s renovations to improve sightlines. Furthermore, whilst the Balcony overhang is obvious from row J at the rear, it doesn’t cut into the stage and is no hindrance to getting a good look at the set.
The best views are from the Center Dress Circle, row A, which feels very close to the stage and allows patrons to take in lots of detail from a comfortable elevated position. However, a very good rake from front to back means most seats are good value for money, and sitting a little further back in the cheaper seats is no problem at all. Legroom is also great, with surprisingly comfortable mid-row seats available.
Although the elevator serves the Dress Circle, there are no accessible seating options available to book.
Left Dress CircleThe Left Dress Circle has nine rows of varying lengths, from A to J. At their longest, the front rows are odd-numbered in the range of 1 to 19, whilst the back three rows have just two seats apiece. The best views are from the inside of rows A and B, which feel very close to the stage and offer good detail of performances. Seats further along than 15 have a more angled position, with views of stage right (your left) cut off. The section has a good rake, so from front to back the stage never feels too far away. Legroom is much better than average, with a little extra on the aisles. Prices are highest in the front and inside of the section, with cheaper options at the rear.
Right Dress CircleThe Right Dress Circle has a similar layout to the left, with nine rows from A to J which are much longer at the front. Row A is even-numbered from 2 to 18, whilst rows G to J have between four and five seats each. The best views are from the inside of rows A and B, which feel very close to the stage with detailed overhead sightlines. Seats further along than 14 have a more angled position, with views of stage left (your right) cut off. The section has a good rake, so from front to back the stage never feels too far away. Legroom is much better than average, with a little extra on the aisles. Prices are highest in the front and inside of the section, with cheaper options at the rear.
Center Dress CircleThis section comprises nine rows from A to J, with seats between rows A and F gradually escalating from 101 to 119. In the back, rows are more uniform with 16 seats each and an aisle or pillar in the center. The best views are from rows A and B, which provide unobstructed sightlines of the entire set and performance. Legroom is very good throughout, so patrons don't have to choose between a central view and extra space, and the section is well raked, so patrons should be able to see over each other's heads easily. However, seats in the rear rows will have slightly more restricted views of the front of the stage. The Center Dress Circle is the most expensive part of the overall section, with prices dropping towards the rear.
SeatPlan’s best views of the stageRows A and B in the Center Dress Circle offer the best look at the stage, and arguably some of the best views in the Hudson Theatre. The safety bar isn’t too high to obstruct sightlines, and the Dress Circle overhangs the Orchestra at a perfect distance to get plenty of detail and sweeping views.
Best legroom seatsLegroom is very good in the Dress Circle, so you should be fine wherever you choose to sit. As always, an aisle seat offers extra reassurance, however.
Tips• The Balcony overhang is obvious by row J, but doesn’t cut into the stage
• The best views are from rows A and B, Center Dress Circle
• There is no accessible seating in the Dress Circle
• Good value seats are across rows D to F
• Legroom shouldn’t be an issue for taller patrons
PricingThe Dress Circle is a little cheaper than the premium Orchestra seats, although prices are still high in the desirable front rows. Some good value seats can be snatched up a little further back, with the back rows costing significantly less than the top price.
The Dress Circle has its own bar, which will also serve patrons in the Balcony. Drinks and snacks can be taken back to your seats, so there’s no need to rush your intermission refreshments.
There are men’s, women’s and accessible restrooms located on this level, cutting down queues for the whole theater.