The Orchestra is the largest area in the Shubert Theatre, with 700 seats across Left, Right and Center sections. Elevated Boxes on either side seat a further 16 people for angled views, and when shows are full up to 26 standing tickets are released behind row T. The ground-level sections are divided by aisles.
Views across the Orchestra don’t feel too distant from the stage, although beyond row Q there are some structural features which affect sight lines. The Mezzanine overhang starts at row L, and by row R significantly cuts into the top of the stage. This usually won’t disrupt views of the actors, but patrons may need to duck to see parts of the set. Seats further towards the outside aisles in the Left and Right Orchestra are also partial view.
Prices are highest in the front half of the Center Orchestra and the inside of the Left and Right Orchestra to reflect their clear, detailed and central views. The back rows and sides are a price bracket or two cheaper.
Seven wheelchair accessible spaces are in the back row of the Orchestra, and seven transfer seats are also located in the section. The Shubert Theatre Orchestra is step-free for all patrons.
Left OrchestraThe Left Orchestra has 20 rows from AA-T, with odd-numbered seating stretching from 1 on the inside up to 27 on the far aisle. The front rows tend to be shorter (4-8 seats) than those further back. Legroom is best on either aisle, but patrons should look at the lower range such as D1 or G1 before the far side. Views of the left-hand side of the stage become more restricted the further out you sit, and prices are set to reflect this. Beyond row Q, the Mezzanine overhang also obstructs the top of the stage, although shouldn’t impede views of the actors. Some patrons may find that the seating isn’t staggered enough to overcome taller patrons sitting in front. Two Boxes are elevated to the side of this section, with close but angled views.
Right OrchestraThe Right Orchestra comprises 20 rows which are shorter in the front half. Seats escalate evenly from 2 up to 28, and views in double-digit seats are more angled than those by the inside aisle. After row Q, the Mezzanine overhang is more obvious and patrons behind here may have to duck down to see the very top of the stage. The rake is also not as good at the rear, so shorter patrons might find their sightlines blocked by someone tall in front. Legroom in the Right Orchestra is average, with the most space available on aisle seats. The most expensive seats are on the inside of the front rows, where patrons will be positioned more centrally. Two Boxes above this section provide very detailed views of performers, but sit at an angle.
Center OrchestraThe Center Orchestra has 20 rows of seats numbering between 101 and 114 right to left. The best views are in the more expensive front rows; row AA is incredibly close and detailed, but patrons sitting a few rows back (for example, D-H) are likely to have a better overall view of the stage. The back rows of the Center Orchestra don’t feel particularly distant, but the Mezzanine overhang and shallower incline can affect views to varying degrees. These rows are usually a little cheaper than premium, therefore. The pitch between rows in the Center Orchestra is average, but patrons needing more legroom might find an aisle seat on either end more comfortable for long periods. When shows are sold out, a cheaper standing row is sometimes available behind row T.
SeatPlan’s best views of the stageSeats across rows AA-H of the Center Orchestra are all desirable for their proximity and detailed sightlines. Row AA has unbeatable close views and excellent sound, whilst those slightly further back provide a comfortable vantage point to appreciate the stage in full.
Best legroom seatsThe Orchestra’s legroom mid-row is about average, and patrons looking for some extra space would be best served by the inside aisles, in seats including D101 or G2.
Tips• The Mezzanine overhang starts at row L and is obvious by row R
• Step-free wheelchair and transfer seats are available across the Orchestra
• The far sides and seats in the double-digits such as C13 are more angled to the stage
• The rake isn’t steep so theatergoers in front can block the view
• The best seats are in rows D-H of the Center Orchestra
PricingThe Orchestra is the most expensive place to sit in the Shubert Theatre, with premium seating in the front rows of the Center Orchestra. Patrons can expect to pay a little less towards the far sides, corners and back rows in the Left and Right Orchestra. Rows L-N in the Center Orchestra are an example of good value seats in the Shubert Theatre.
A bar in the main lobby serves drinks and refreshments during the intermission.
The closest restrooms are down one flight of stairs (20 steps) or in the Mezzanine, up two levels (34 steps). Patrons needing a wheelchair accessible restroom are advised to visit Sardi’s Restaurant across the street.