Stephen Sondheim Theatre Orchestra

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Orchestra guide

The Orchestra is located on stage level, with around 459 seats divided into Left, Right and Center. Aisles run between each block, with a stepped aisle from rows J to U. There is also an aisle in place of row E in the Left and Right Orchestra, perfect for getting a bit of extra legroom. At either side, there are Box seats elevated above the section, seating around eight extra people.

There are many very good seats in the Orchestra, with the best views from rows C to G. These sit at a perfect distance from the stage, whereas the very front rows can feel too close and a bit below the performers. The section also benefits from a good rake at the rear which keeps sightlines clean from front to back. The Mezzanine overhang kicks in at row K, but isn’t an issue even in the very back seats.

There are some more obstructed seats, especially those near the far aisles at the front. However, for the most part the Orchestra offers impressive seating options for a variety of budgets, with premium seats at the front and cheaper options at the rear.

The Stephen Sondheim Theatre Orchestra is accessible step-free, with an elevator connecting it to other floors. There are both wheelchair and transfer seats available in the section.

Left Orchestra

The Left Orchestra has 19 rows from A to U, with odd-numbered seats in the range of 1 to 21. There is a horizontal aisle in place of row E, giving a bit of extra elevation and legroom to row F behind. Views are best from single-digit seats between rows C and G, as patrons may find sitting in the very front rows is a little too close to the stage. Double-digit seats close to the far aisle are at an angle, with views more obviously skewed in the front rows. After row H, stepped rows add some extra lift for a clean and unobstructed sightline even in the back of the section. Prices are higher in the more desirable inside seats, and become cheaper towards the far side and back.

Boxes elevated to the side of this section offer private but slightly angled views.

Right Orchestra

The Right Orchestra comprises 19 rows from A to U, with even-numbered seats escalating from 2 to 22 at most. There is an aisle where row E would normally be, which allows for some extra legroom in row F, as well as on the aisles. The best seats are towards the inside of rows C to G, which sit more directly in front of the stage. Like the Left Orchestra, double-digit seats are slightly more angled, with the front rows more obviously affected. In the back rows, sightlines remain very good thanks to stepped rows kicking in at row J. Prices in the section are more expensive at the front and inside, with cheaper seats at the rear.

Boxes elevated to the side give more privacy but slightly angled views.

Center Orchestra

The Center Orchestra has 20 rows from A to U, with seats escalating from 101 to 119 in the widest middle rows. The best seats are in rows C to G, which sit at a comfortable distance for taking in the set and performances. Views from front to back are usually clear, with stepped rows from J to U ensuring heads don’t block the view at the rear. Unlike the side sections, any seat in the Center Orchestra faces more or less head-on to the stage, so either aisle is a good choice for extra legroom. Premium seats are in the front rows, with prices falling towards the back of the section.

SeatPlan’s best views of the stage

Rows C to G in the Center Orchestra are very close to the action, but don’t suffer from being right against the stage lip. They represent the best view for anyone wanting to feel more immersed, but comfortably so.

Best legroom seats

Legroom is typically much better from aisle seats, although where row E has been taken out of the Left and Right Orchestra, patrons will find more space to stretch out across row F as well.

Tips

• The Mezzanine overhang starts at row K
• Rows are stepped from J backwards for extra rake
• The best views are from Center Orchestra, row C to G
• An aisle in place of row E offers extra legroom in the Left and Right Orchestra
• Good value seats are available in rows H to L

Pricing

The Orchestra is the more expensive overall section at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, with premium seats in the front half of the auditorium. There are some good value seats a little further back, as prices drop in the rear and side of the section.

Bars

The Stephen Sondheim Theatre bar is on this level, serving a variety of refreshments. Drinks can be pricey, however.

Toilets

The closest restrooms are in the lower lobby, one floor below the Orchestra. If queues are long, other restrooms in the Mezzanine may be a good bet.

An accessible restroom is located on this level.