Princess of Wales Theatre Balcony

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Balcony guide

The Balcony is the highest tier of the theatre, with a similar seating capacity to the Dress Circle of over 450 seats. Running from Row A to J, seats curve more around the stage, offering a variety of views. Two vertical aisles run between seats 20-23 and 38-41 of rows C-J, providing easy access to rows and a little extra legroom.

A steep rake and decent staggering ensures good, if distant, views of the stage, although the positioning of the seats causes limited legroom. Rows are wider toward the front of the Balcony, with Row A comprising seats 4-56 that curve in an almost horseshoe shape.

Slips AA and BB run either side of the Balcony, offering severe side views of the stage from movable seating.

Balcony Front Left

The front-left area of the Balcony is very steep, and there are three steps between each row to reach the front of the Balcony. This section offers good views of the stage, despite facing the stage at a slight angle. A safety rail runs along the front of Row A, which may occasionally hinder the view, but never drastically. Seats expand to 56 in this section, whilst Slips AA line the left side of the Balcony and face the stage side-on, with movable chairs to adjust comfort.

Balcony Front Right

The front of the Balcony is very steep, and there are three steps between each row to reach the front-right of the seating. Despite facing the stage at a slight angle, the views are still good from this area. A safety rail runs in front of Row A, which may occasionally hinder the view, but never drastically. Seats at the right begin at seat 5 and Slips BB line the right side of the Balcony, facing the stage completely side-on with movable chairs to adjust comfort.

Balcony Centre

The centre is the best are to sit in the Balcony. A very steep rake and staggered seating ensures limited obstruction from other patrons, although it does cause limited legroom. Sitting in rows A-E in the centre gives a head-on view of the stage, although action can often feel distant.

Balcony Rear Left

The rear-left of the Balcony is incredibly steep and can feel very distant from the stage. A very good rake allows patrons to see over those in front, however detail is difficult to see from here and legroom is limited. Due to the contemporary build of the theatre, obstructions are limited, and this section can often be a good option for those on a budget.

Balcony Rear Right

The rear-right of the Balcony is incredibly steep and can feel very distant from the stage. A very good rake allows audience members to see over those in front, however detail is difficult to see from here and legroom is limited. Due to the contemporary build of the theatre, obstructions are limited, and this area can often be a good option for those on a budget.

SeatPlan’s Best Views of the Stage

The best views in the Balcony can be found in the centre of rows A-C, where you are closer to the action and there are limited obstructions. It is better to sit as centrally as possible, however seats at the ends of the rows offer the same detail, only with a slightly angled view.

Best Legroom Seats Seats at the ends of aisles are always the best option from extra legroom, as space in this section is limited. Sitting in seats 20, 23 and 38, 41 of rows C-J allow for this. Slips AA and BB are movable seats that can also boost comfort.

Tips

• A safety rail runs across Row A, which may slightly hinder the view at moments
• Slips AA and BB are movable seats that allow for extra comfort
• A steep rake ensures limited obstructions, even at the rear of the theatre

Pricing

Balcony seats are the best option for those on a budget, offering a mixture of views for affordable prices. Top price seats in this section can be found in rows A-C, although the entire row is priced similarly, so it is best to opt for centre seats over end-of-the-row seats to ensure a better view for the same price. Rows D-J fall under the same ticket price as there are limited obstructions in this area, but the stage does feel far away. Again, it is best to sit as centrally as possible for the same price.

Bars

A bar and refreshment counter is available in the Balcony Lobby, which can be accessed step-free from the Main Lobby of the theatre via an elevator, and from the Balcony seating.

Toilets

Women’s and Men’s toilets can be found on this level. Accessible facilities are also available.