The Orchestra has a different layout to most Broadway venues, with just two blocks of seats divided by an aisle. Across the Left and Right Orchestra, there are around 1,100 seats in total, making it the largest part of the Lyric Theatre seat chart. It is also known for having excellent legroom across every row.
Views are - on the whole - very good across the Orchestra, with the best seats towards the middle of rows A to E. From here, patrons aren’t too close to the stage – an important factor for the Lyric’s often striking and grand productions – but can still take in plenty of immersive detail. Like most theaters, sightlines from seats closer to either side are more angled, with views of stage left or right restricted.
The Dress Circle overhang starts at row Q but is mainly an obstruction to the top of the stage in the back few rows (W to ZZ) so any seats between rows K to P in particular are good value. Prices start high in the premium front and center seats, and get cheaper towards the far sides and rear of the section.
The Orchestra is entirely step-free, with accessible and companion seating in row J.
Left OrchestraThe Left Orchestra comprises 27 rows (AA to ZZ), with a horizontal aisle between J and K. Seats are odd-numbered in the range of 1 to 37, although most reach no higher than 33. The best views are from the inside of rows A to E, which offer detail without being uncomfortably close to the stage; in comparison, seats beyond 13 are more angled, with partial views of the side and corner. In the back rows, views are more distant, and the Dress Circle overhang also drops into the top of the stage by row W. However, on the whole sightlines are good across the section thanks to a wide auditorium, and legroom is much better than average. Prices are highest in the front rows, and become a bit cheaper towards the back and side.
Right OrchestraThe Right Orchestra’s 27 rows extend from AA to ZZ, with a horizontal aisle between J and K. Seats are even-numbered in the range of 2 to 38, though most rows reach 36 at most. Views are best from single-digit seats in rows A to E, which sit at a good distance to combine comfort with an immersive experience. Double-digit seats over 14 have more angled views of stage left in comparison, although the wide auditorium helps limit restrictions. In the back rows, the distance makes it more difficult to pick out details, and the Dress Circle overhang obstructs the top of the stage by row W. However, sightlines remain generally good, and legroom is better than average across all rows. Prices are highest in the front rows, and become cheaper towards the back and far side.
SeatPlan’s best views of the stageThe Orchestra is very wide, so there are plenty of good seats across the section. The best views, however, are from seats 1 to 14 across rows A to E. These seats aren’t too close for comfort, and sit at a good distance to combine detail with striking views of the whole set.
Best legroom seatsLegroom is impressive across the whole Orchestra, so patrons don’t have to worry about getting an aisle seat.
Tips• The best views are from the middle of rows A to E
• The Dress Circle overhangs at row Q, and cuts into the stage at row W
• Legroom is excellent across the entire section
• Accessible seats are located in row J, step-free from the entrance
PricingThe Orchestra is the most expensive overall area on the Lyric Theatre seating chart, with premium options in the middle of rows A to D. From here, prices gradually fall at the back and far sides, with the cheapest seats in the more distant corners.
The closest bar is in the Orchestra lobby, with plenty of drinks including alcoholic and coffee sold. Refreshments can also be ordered to your seat, or from the satellite bars near the theater’s two entrances.
Restrooms are located on this level of the Lyric Theatre, although queues may get long during the intermission. A wheelchair accessible restroom is also on the Orchestra level.