The Balcony is the highest and furthest area of seating in the St. James Theatre, located two levels up from the ground-floor Orchestra. It is characterized by a Left, Right and Center Balcony with an average of eight rows, totaling 326 seats. It is also the cheapest section in the theater.
Views across the Balcony feel quite distant to the stage, becoming more so towards the back and sides. Some seats at the far sides are usually marked as partial view on the ticket because a notable portion of the stage is restricted. However, views from the front rows can be surprisingly clear for the angle, with extra legroom in row A. Sitting further back may be a mixed bag, depending on patrons in front leaning forward to see the front of the stage.
A small number of transfer seats are available in the back couple of rows of the St. James Theatre Balcony, although these would be unsuitable for guests with extremely limited mobility due to the height and number of stairs up to the section (77 steps up from the Orchestra).
Left BalconyThe Left Balcony curves towards the stage with odd-numbered seating escalating from 1 as far as 37. Seats in row A are best, as those sitting further back may find their view blocked by other patrons leaning forward to see the front of the stage. Sitting as close to the inside as possible gives a better view, with some seats on the far aisle such as C37 normally marked as partial view because of their angle to the stage. The Left Balcony can feel quite steep and cramped, and patrons needing more room should ideally opt for a row A seats or one on the inside aisle. For its cheap ticket prices, this section can be good value for anyone wanting to see a Broadway show without breaking the bank.
Right BalconyThe Right Balcony seating is even-numbered across eight rows, with seats beginning at 2 inside and extending to 36 at the far edge. Aim for a seat as close to the inside as possible for a better view, as those above 30 will have more partial views of the right-hand side of the stage. Row A is the best option in the Right Balcony thanks to its combination of extra legroom and no patrons sitting in front. For those behind, patrons may lean forward to see the front of the stage, which will in turn cause you to lean forward too – keep this in mind when weighing up comfort and price. The Balcony is very high and somewhat cramped, so whilst it offers an overview of the stage, it may be uncomfortable for patrons with vertigo or those who are taller. If tall patrons can get an aisle or front row seat, however, this would represent good value.
Center BalconyThe Center Balcony is the best area of the section, with all seats facing directly down onto the stage. Seats in this part of the Balcony start at 101 on the right and move across to 114 on the left-hand aisle. These aisle seats are good options for legroom because they remain relatively straight on either side. Like the rest of the Balcony, the section is very high and distant, so patrons who dislike heights may want to avoid sitting in the front row. However, the front row is above average for the section and avoids the trap of having others leaning forward and blocking your view. Moving further towards the back, the sound and sightline quality drops, with the front of the stage less visible. However, with the cheapest prices in the theater, the Center Balcony can be a good option for those watching their wallets.
SeatPlan’s best views of the stageRow A in the Center Balcony can feel very high and distant, but it has perfect clear views down to the stage. In some cases, the front of the Balcony can be a better option than the back of the Mezzanine.
Best legroom seatsA seat in row A of the Balcony is perfect for combining extra legroom, the best view, and good value for money. Inside aisles seats are another good option for patrons needing more space.
Tips• The best views are in row A of the Center Balcony
• Legroom is best on the aisles and front row, with views better on the inside aisles
• The stairs up to the Balcony can be quite steep
• Patrons may have to lean forward to catch parts of the stage
• Views can feel distant from this height
PricingThe Balcony is the cheapest section of the St. James Theatre, with prices generally staying the same across each area. These prices are similar to the back rows of the Mezzanine below, so patrons can compare sections to work out the best value for their budget.
There are bars on every level of the theater, and patrons sitting in the Balcony can purchase drinks and snacks to take back to their seats. If you’re on a budget, consider limiting how much you buy in the theater and have a drink before or after the show elsewhere.
Patrons can access restrooms on this level of the theater, or down one flight of stairs in the Mezzanine.