The Lyceum Theatre Mezzanine is built above the Orchestra, with 287 seats divided by aisles into a further three areas - Left, Right and Center. The Balcony overhang kicks in at row C, so views behind this may experience cut-off at the top of the stage.
The Mezzanine benefits from a very good rake and an intimate feel. This means overhead views of the stage are excellent even in the back row, with no obstruction from patrons sitting in front. The smaller size of the auditorium also means anyone sitting here will be able to appreciate performance details that may be lost in larger venues. The best section to take advantage of this is the Center Mezzanine, where seats all face directly forward.
Legroom can be very tight in the Mezzanine, so the best options for extra space are aisle seats. Patrons should be aware that views become more restricted in the higher double-digit seats at either end of the section, however. The Mezzanine has five transfer seats with folding armrests in the back rows. However, as they are located up two flight of stairs from the Orchestra, these seats may not be suitable for patrons with very limited mobility.
Left MezzanineThe Left Mezzanine comprises odd-numbered seats, ascending from 1 on the inside to 23 at the outer edge. Rows run from A at the front to J at the rear. The Mezzanine’s excellent rake means patrons in front shouldn’t obstruct sightlines, and the stage can feel remarkably close even in the back row. Seats such as A1 or B3 in particular are very good for catching more detail and expressions, and although there is a safety bar in front, patrons in row A won’t be too distracted by it. The space between rows is very tight, even for shorter people; the best options for more legroom are inside aisle seats. Patrons should note that sitting in double-digit seats will mean a restricted view of the stage. Seats in the back row and extreme side cost less, with prices increasing the closer patrons get to the front and single digit seats.
Right MezzanineThe Right Mezzanine matches the Left Mezzanine’s layout, although seats run even-numbered from 2 up to 24 by the outside aisle. The best - and most expensive - seats available are the single digit seats in the front few rows, particularly rows A and B. However, the very good rake ensures seats in the back rows also have great sightlines, with impressively detailed views for their location. Like the Left Mezzanine, seats in the higher double digits such as D24 or G22 have partially restricted views, and patrons sitting in these may miss actors or events on the far right-hand side of the stage. These seats tend to be cheaper than those closer to the front and inside aisle. A notable downside to the Right Mezzanine is the lack of legroom, which leaves little space for storing bags or jackets. The ideal options for more legroom are seats on the inside aisle.
Center MezzanineThe Center rows are the best options for the Mezzanine, with all seats from row A to J facing head-on above the stage. Seats run between 101 on the right-hand aisle, increasing to 113 on the left; rows H and J are a bit shorter. The best, and most expensive, seats are in row A, where patrons can look directly down to the stage, taking advantage of the Mezzanine’s fantastic aerial views which don’t sacrifice detail. Row B feels similarly close, and patrons wanting to pay a little less will find that even the back rows have a sense of proximity to the stage that may be missing in larger theaters. Legroom is once again quite limited in the Center Orchestra, but taller theatergoers can avoid sacrificing sightline for comfort, as both aisles offer equally good views.
SeatPlan’s best views of the stageRow A of the Center Mezzanine is excellent for its overhead view that allows patrons to take in the details of both set and acting; the action never feels too distant. Sitting further back in the Center Mezzanine is also a good bet, thanks to clear views aided by an excellent rake.
Best legroom seatsSeats on the inside aisles including B101 and F113 are perfect for combining extra space with a central overhead view of the stage.
Tips• The Balcony overhang starts at row C
• The best seats are in the Center Mezzanine, rows A and B
• Save money by sitting further back; the rake ensures views remain impressive
• Aisle seats in the Center Orchestra are ideal for extra legroom
• Seats at the far sides will be partial view
PricingSeats in the front few rows of the Center Mezzanine are the highest priced, in line with their direct and unobstructed views of the stage. The back rows of the Left and Right Mezzanine are the cheapest areas of seating.
The theater bar is located in the lobby which is on the ground floor. It is open before the show and during the intermission, but drinks can be expensive.
The closest restrooms for women are located on the Mezzanine level. Other restrooms are down two flights of stairs on the ground floor, or in the basement. During the intermission, queues can get very long on the stairs, so exercise caution.