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Lyceum Theatre Capacity

The Lyceum Theatre New York has a capacity of 910 seats. Section capacities are 409 Orchestra, 287 Mezzanine and 210 Balcony. Use our interactive seating chart to view 323 seat reviews and 304 photos of views from seat.

Venue Overview

The Lyceum Theatre at 149 West 45th Street is the longest continually-operating theater on Broadway, having first opened in 1903 as the New Lyceum Theatre. It was built by producer and manager David Frohman, and is known for housing plays and revivals.

Patrons visiting the Lyceum Theatre are welcomed by a Beaux Arts-inspired design by architects Herts & Tallant, including six Corinthian columns above the doors. Inside, the auditorium feels cozy thanks to its red and purple accents and dark wood paneling. Another curiosity sits in the apartment above: the Shubert Archive (an extensive collection of the prolific theater mogul brothers’ papers), opened in 1978.

The Lyceum Theatre has seen stars including Humphrey Bogart, Leslie Howard and Bette Davis tread the boards. Its intimate seating made it the perfect choice for dramas including A Taste of Honey (1960) and the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning I Am My Own Wife (2003). In the last decade, the theater has earned acclaim with The Scottsboro Boys (2010), Nance (2013) and Ivo van Hove’s Tony Award-winning revival of A View from the Bridge, starring Mark Strong (2015).

The Lyceum Theatre is a small venue with a capacity of 922 across the Orchestra, Boxes, Mezzanine and Balcony. The Orchestra seats the most patrons, with views best in the Center section; almost everywhere feels close to the stage, however. The Mezzanine has better-than-average views that don’t feel too distant, and many patrons prefer sitting here for an overview of the acting and sets below. The theater is well-known for its tight legroom and views that become more restricted towards the far sides - and none more so than the Balcony; a steep rake makes it a typical ‘nosebleed’ option, but the cheap tickets prices are perfect for theatergoers wanting to catch a play on a budget.


• Children under four are not permitted into performances
• Step-free access from the street into accessible seating
• Restrooms in the theater are on the small side
• Stairs up to the higher levels get quite steep; make sure you hold onto the handrails
• Queues for restrooms get long; consider going before or after the performance

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Good value seats

The Lyceum Theatre generally feels intimate from front to back, so the middle rows of the Center Mezzanine, and rows F-K in the Center Orchestra, are both good options for patrons who want a clear view of the actors without paying top prices. Rows A and B of the Center Balcony are steep and more distant, but for their position are very good value.

Premium seats

For theatergoers who like to be as close as possible and catch every expression, rows A-D in the Center Orchestra can’t be beaten. For those preferring to take in the whole stage, rows A-C in the Center Mezzanine have great sightlines but still allow patrons to capture enough detail to appreciate individual performances.

Recent Audience Photos

Orchestra C1

Lyceum Theatre, New York
This seat is on the aisle and right opposite to the aisle seat on row D. It’s a perfect view despite being a higher stage -... More
Saw Grey House on Broadway on 27 July 2023

Orchestra A6

Lyceum Theatre, New York
Seat was excellent for Grey House. I may have missed a couple of entrances on the staircase but nothing important. Definite... More
Saw Grey House on Broadway on 09 May 2023

Orchestra C11

Lyceum Theatre, New York
The view is poor at times missing a third of the stage. It will depend on the show. The benefit of this seat is so much space... More
Saw Grey House on Broadway on 01 May 2023

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