Lyceum Theatre Orchestra

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Orchestra guide

The Orchestra is the largest area of seating in the Lyceum Theatre, with 409 seats across the Left, Right and Center sections. A further 16 seats are located in Boxes elevated to the left and right. Each section of the Orchestra is flanked by an aisle on either side, which runs the length of the 15 rows.

The Orchestra is a very intimate seating area, with views from front to back feeling close to the stage. The best views are across the front to middle rows of the Center Orchestra, where seats face the stage head-on. Seats in rows D-G of the Center Orchestra are particularly good for comfortable yet central views that capture the details of the show.

As seating moves out to the far aisles, views become less direct and the sides of the stage are restricted; other restrictions come from the Mezzanine overhang, which starts at row L. Seats behind this may find some obstruction at the very top of the stage. Prices are expensive across the Orchestra, but decrease towards the sides and back of the auditorium. Four wheelchair spaces and five transfer seats are located in the back rows of the Lyceum Theatre Orchestra, which is step-free for all patrons.

Left Orchestra

The Left Orchestra comprises 14 rows of odd-numbered seating from 1 to 17. Rows A and B at the front are shorter with just three to four seats, and Boxes are located to the side for comfortable and private viewing at an angle to the stage. Prices tend to be higher towards the front and inside of this section.

No seat feels too distant from the performers onstage, although space can be tight between rows. Patrons needing extra legroom should look at seats on the inside aisle first, before those in the double digits: anyone in, for example, D15 or E17 might miss action on the left-hand side of the stage because of the angle. In the front row this can be exaggerated by proximity and the height of the stage. Sitting a couple of rows back is a great choice for a clear overall view that doesn’t lose intimacy or detail.

Right Orchestra

Right Orchestra seating runs even-numbered from 2 up to 18 on the outside. The section is intimate and all seats feel close to the stage. Views are best a couple of rows back and towards the inside, in seats such as C2 or E6. This isn’t so close to the stage that you have to look up a lot, nor is it so far back that views are impeded by patrons in front. Double-digit seats are more angled, with the far-right side of the stage - including entrances and exits by actors - obstructed. Prices in the section adjust to reflect this. Seats in the section may feel cramped, and the best areas for legroom are in the front row or on aisles. Patrons should initially look for seats on the inside aisle for a better sightline. Two Boxes to the side of the Right Orchestra offer private viewing.

Center Orchestra

The Center Orchestra has 15 rows of seats starting at 101 on the right aisle, moving up to 114 on the left. Unlike the Left and Right Orchestra, every seat faces virtually head-on, so views across the rows are clear. The tight seat pitch continues in this section, with good legroom options on either aisle.

Patrons sitting in the front row, AA, may find seats are a bit too far below the stage for comfort; sitting a couple of rows back offers a vantage point that is clear, detailed and less strain on the neck. The rake in this area is quite gentle, so views might be obstructed by a taller guest in front. However, the back row has a slightly better elevation to avoid this, whilst still feeling close enough to the stage. Center Orchestra seats are the most expensive in the Lyceum Theatre, particularly in the front rows.

SeatPlan’s best views of the stage

Sitting in the rows D-G of Center Orchestra avoids the neck-craning of the very front rows. From these seats, details can still be appreciated well, and the overall staging is easier to take in.

Best legroom seats

Patrons should plan ahead for the tight seating in the Lyceum Theatre by looking at aisle seats on the inside, such as D1, H114 or J2. These combine the best legroom with more central and comfortable sightlines.

Tips

• The Mezzanine overhang starts at row L
• The best seats are in the Center Orchestra, rows D-G
• Choose an inside aisle seat to avoid compromising sightlines for legroom
• The stage may be too high for some patrons in the front row
• Views become very angled in double digit seats either side

Pricing

Seats in the Lyceum Theatre Orchestra tend to be the most expensive in the entire venue, particularly in the front rows of the Center Orchestra. Prices decrease towards the sides of the Left and Right Orchestra, and the back rows, N and O.

Bars

The Lyceum Theatre’s bar is located in the lobby on the ground floor, accessible step-free. It is open before the show and during the intermission, but can be pricey.

Toilets

Restrooms are available on the ground floor off the lobby, or in the basement. Other restrooms for women are located on the second floor, up two flights of stairs. Queues for the restrooms can get very long during the intermission. An accessible restroom for patrons using wheelchairs is located on ground level.