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Nederlander Theatre, New York
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Nederlander Theatre Capacity

The Nederlander Theatre has a capacity of 1196 seats. Section capacities are 599 Orchestra and 597 Mezzanine. Use our interactive seating chart to view 375 seat reviews and 360 photos of views from seat.

Venue Overview

The Nederlander Theatre first opened in 1921, then named National Theatre. Like many Broadway venues, it been rechristened a handful of times, but since 1980 has been named after the founder of the Nederlander Organization, David Nederlander. It is perhaps best known today as the home of runaway hit musical Rent.

Standing as the lone theater on West 41st Street, the Nederlander is slightly removed from the main bustle of 44th and 45th streets, where Broadway venues including the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and Imperial Theatre dominate. The Nederlander was renovated in 2008 to improve facilities and despite its slightly dated look, its rough charm made it the perfect match for Rent, which remains its longest-running show.

Before Rent took to the Nederlander’s stage between 1996 and 2008, the theater was already hugely successful, with playwrights including Noel Coward (Private Lives, 1969) and Harold Pinter (Betrayal, 1980) receiving Broadway premiers and revivals on its stage. Post-Rent, its highlights include Newsies (2012 – 2014) and War Paint (2017) starring Patti LuPone.

There are around 1,200 seats in the Nederlander Theatre, spread across the Orchestra and Mezzanine above. The two sections are similar in size and shape, with each divided into Left, Right and Center blocks of seating. Views are best from the front and center of either section, and the Mezzanine also makes the most of a steep rake to keep sightlines clean but distant in the back rows. In the Orchestra, seats vary towards the rear, with the Mezzanine overhang and comparatively shallow rake affecting views of the stage. In both sections, patrons sitting in the far rows and corners will experience more angled views than the rest of the seating chart. Prices start high in front rows, with good value cheap seats at the back of the Mezzanine.


• Step-free from the street into accessible seating
• There is no cloakroom at the theater; bring small bags where possible
• Bag searches may be in operation; leave plenty of time to reach your seats
• Children under four are not permitted into the theater

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Good value seats

Rows L to O in the Center Orchestra are slightly cheaper than premium, and remain unaffected by the Mezzanine overhang further back. The middle and back rows of the Mezzanine are good value seats for anyone on a stricter budget, with an excellent rake ensuring views are clear – but be aware these seats are very tight on legroom.

Premium seats

The best seats in the Nederlander Theatre are towards the front of the Center Orchestra and Center Mezzanine. In particular, rows B and C in both are perfect for avoiding any structural features cutting into sightlines. The first few rows of the Center Mezzanine are also desirable for anyone who likes to take in the entire stage in one sweep.

Recent Audience Photos

Mezzanine B23

alexy2 5' 9", 7 reviews

Nice close view of the stage, but part of the left side is cut off from view. Didn't miss much in Shucked, but not sure about other shows. There's no seat in front of you so there's plenty of leg room. More

Saw Shucked Shucked on 16 July 2023

Orchestra AA102

jmat25 5' 8", 1 reviews

I’ve sat front row before and you miss a lot because you’re almost too close, but plenty of leg room and you’re eye level with the stage which was great because I’ve sat front row before at other other theaters where your head has to be tilted bac... More

Saw Shucked Shucked on 09 July 2023

Mezzanine J26

frankyork 18 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Seat comfort was OK, but was really cramped for legroom. View was good except for the tall guy who had to reach down every time he took a sip of water, ate Peanuts every 5 minutes. In turn leaning forward and blocking that portion of downstage. More

Saw Shucked Shucked on 08 July 2023

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