The Hudson Theatre Orchestra is the largest and most expensive seating area in the venue, with around 500 seats across the Left, Right and Center sections, which are divided by aisles. The Center Orchestra is much larger than those on either side, which start about halfway down from the front.
Views are - on the whole - good in the Orchestra, thanks to a decent rake and few structural features getting in the way. Whilst seats closer to the far aisles are naturally more angled, the Mezzanine overhang only becomes obvious at row R, and even then, doesn’t affect views of the stage too much. For anyone wanting the best views in the house, row A can be a little too close to comfortably take in the entire stage, so sitting in rows D to K in the Center Orchestra are the best option.
Having been renovated in 2017, the Orchestra has plenty of legroom, so theatergoers don’t have to worry about feeling uncomfortable as a payoff for getting the best views.
All accessible seating at the theater is in the Orchestra, with wheelchair and transfer seats mainly in the back rows; a couple of options are close to the stage in rows C to G as well.
Left OrchestraThe Left Orchestra comprises eight rows, starting midway down the section at M and ending at T. Seats are odd-numbered in the range of 1 to 15, with row lengths varying slightly. The best views are from the inside of rows M and N, which are closer to the stage, although the section is overall more distant than the Center Orchestra. Seats any further along than 11 have a more angled position, with views of stage right (your left) cut off. The section has a decent rake however, which means from front to back sightlines are generally good, with a fair amount of legroom a distinct advantage throughout. Prices are highest in the front and inside of the section, with cheaper options at the rear.
Right OrchestraThe Right Orchestra has eight rows, starting midway down the section at M and ending at T. Seats are even-numbered from 2 to as high as 16. The best views are from the inside of rows M and N, which are closer to the stage. Seats further along than 12 have a more angled position, with views of stage left (your right) cut off. Despite this, the section has a good rake which means sightlines are clean, if a little distant, across every row. Legroom is also much better than average throughout, 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 OrchestraThe Center Orchestra comprises 20 rows from A to U, making it much bigger than the Left and Right Orchestra. The front half sits closer to the stage, with the best views from rows D to K – these aren’t too close for comfortable viewing, but are excellent for getting lots of detail. Legroom is very good throughout the section, so patrons don’t have to compromise between the best views and the best amount of space. At the rear, the Mezzanine overhang may drop down into the very top of the stage a little, and performances are more distant, but the good rake and comfortable seats make it a decent option for a bit less than the premium front rows.
SeatPlan’s best views of the stageRows D to K in the Center Orchestra offer the best views in this section. They are close enough to get plenty of detail from subtle performances, but aren’t too close to risk a sustained upward gaze that’s hard on the neck.
Best legroom seatsThe Hudson Theatre Orchestra has better than average legroom, having been refurbished prior to its 2017 re-opening. However, for any patron wanting to make sure they have enough space, the best options are aisle seats at either end of the Center Orchestra.
Tips• The Dress Circle overhangs row F and is slightly more obvious by row R
• The best views are from Center Orchestra rows D to K
• Legroom is very good throughout the section
• Good value seats are across rows E to L
• Row A can be a little close to the stage for easy viewing
PricingThe Orchestra is the most expensive section of seating at the Hudson Theatre, with prices at their highest in the premium Center Orchestra’s front rows. At the back of the section, some good value options are available for theatergoers who enjoy ground-floor viewing on a budget.
A bar is located on the Orchestra level of the Hudson Theatre, selling a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. Drinks can also be taken back to your seat after the intermission.
The closest restrooms are on the Orchestra level, although queues may get long at the intermission. An accessible restroom is also available on this level.