Ed Mirvish Theatre Orchestra

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Orchestra guide

The Orchestra is the closest section to the stage and is divided into five blocks of seating, with one large central block flanked by two large rear blocks and two small front blocks. Rows curves minimally around the stage, running from Row AA to Row W with seats ranging 4-56 at the widest toward the rear of the seating.

The Mezzanine overhang begins at Row K but does not affect views, even when in view at the rear of the theatre. Any restrictions caused are minor and only cut off the very top of the stage. Seats are plush and comfortable and are partly staggered on a gradual rake to avoid potential obstructions from other patrons.

Large support pillars are located at the either end of Row R/S, which may be in view for those directly behind. Four vertical aisles run the length of the theatre, providing easy access to rows. A horizontal aisle divides Row GG and Row A, providing easy access to Row H and extra legroom in seats 12-20 and 40-48 of Row A.

Premium seats are in the centre of the Orchestra. Three Boxes line either side of the Orchestra, with free-standing seats that can be placed head-on. Side views are prominent here, with Boxes gradually raked to avoid obstruction.

Orchestra Front Left

Rows in the front-left of the Orchestra curve minimally to face the stage, allowing for good sight-lines from any seat. A large horizontal aisle is situated behind Row GG, allowing easy access to this small block of seating. This area spans rows AA-GG, with seats beginning at 13, 14 and 15 and reaching higher numbers toward the centre. Excellent views are available here, due to the proximity to the stage and the extra comfort and legroom. Boxes A-C are on this side and are staggered with seats that face the stage head-on.

Orchestra Front Right

Rows in the front-right section of the Orchestra curve slightly to face the stage, allowing for good sight-lines from any seat. A large horizontal aisle is situated behind Row GG, providing easy access to this block of seating. Rows in this section run from Row AA to GG, with seats reaching higher numbers toward the very right of the auditorium. Excellent views can be found in this block, due to the seats being incredibly close to the stage. Boxes J-G are on this side and are staggered with seats that face the stage head-on.

Orchestra Centre

The Orchestra Centre offers the best views in the entire theatre. Spanning rows AA-W, premium price seats can be found in in rows EE-D. Offering head-on, close-up views of the entire stage, with no restrictions due to the staggered seating and gradual rake, seats in the centre block are an excellent option, as the Mezzanine overhang only kicks in at Row K and does not hinder the view, even toward the rear of the theatre. Slightly cheaper ticket prices can be found in the rear of the centre, due to the distance from the stage. The sound desk is positioned in the centre of Row V, with affordable tickets either side.

Orchestra Rear Left

The rear-left of the Orchestra is a large seating block that spans rows A-V, minimally curving around the stage. Seats are partly staggered, and seating is gradually raked to ensure good sight-lines, even toward the far ends of rows and at the very rear of the auditorium. A large horizontal aisle runs in front of Row A, allowing for significantly extra legroom in seats 12-20. Due to the Mezzanine overhang, tickets are slightly cheaper from Row R onward, but the overhang does not affect the view. A pillar at the end of Row R/S may restrict the view of seats directly behind.

Orchestra Rear Right

The rear-right of the Orchestra is a large block of seating with rows that span A-V and curve very slightly around the stage. Seats are partly staggered, and seating is gradually raked to ensure good sight-lines, even toward the far ends of rows and at the very rear of the auditorium. A wide horizontal aisle runs in front of Row A, allowing for significantly extra legroom in seats 40-48. Due to the Mezzanine overhang, tickets are slightly cheaper from Row R onward, but the overhang does not significantly affect the view. A support pillar at the end of Row R/S could potentially restrict the view of seats directly behind.

SeatPlan’s Best Views of the Stage

The majority of the Orchestra offers excellent views of the stage, with rows EE-D of the Orchestra Centre offering the most immersive experience, complete with a premium price tag. Alternatively, the centre of rows E-H achieves an impressive panoramic view of the stage, especially when watching a large-scale musical.

Best Legroom Seats

Extra legroom is available in Row A of the Orchestra, where a wide horizontal aisle allows seats 12-20 and 40-48 to have plenty of extra space. Aisle seats also offer extra legroom, but this section in general offers generous legroom.

Tips

• The Mezzanine overhang kicks in at Row K, but does not significantly hinder the view
• Large support pillars are located at the ends of Row R/S
• Extra legroom can be found in Row A

Pricing

Seats in the Orchestra are mostly one price; however the centre of rows EE-D are premium seats and are the most expensive. Row AA to Row P are top price tickets with no discrepancy toward the ends of rows, so it is best to sit as centrally as possible. Cheaper tickets are in rows R-T, with the cheapest in the section in rows U-V, due to the distance from the stage and potential Mezzanine overhang.

Bars

A bar and refreshment counter is available in the Orchestra Lobby, which is step-free from street level via a wheelchair lift.

Toilets

Women’s and Men’s toilets can be found on this level. Accessible facilities are also available on the right side of the Orchestra Lobby.