Princess of Wales Theatre Dress Circle

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Dress Circle guide

The Dress Circle is the tier located directly above the Orchestra, with a more intimate seating capacity of just over 450 seats. Offering some of the best views in the theatre, particularly for large-scale musicals, this section is well-raked with staggered seating that guarantees seeing over the heads of those in front.

Spanning rows A-K, the longest rows curve around the balcony in a semi-horseshoe shape, reaching up to 54 seats per row. Two short vertical aisles run between rows D-K, providing easier access and extra legroom to those in aisle seats. Seats face the stage at a slight angle toward the ends of rows, but views are good throughout.

The Balcony overhang appears at around Row E but does not immediately affect the view of the stage, aside from in Row K, where the top of the stage may be cut off at minimal moments. Despite being higher up, the Dress Circle feels close to the stage and the modern build of the seating ensures that there are limited obstructions.

Boxes C-H and Slips AA and BB line the balcony either side, offering side-on views of the stage, with free-standing seats that can be moved around.

Dress Circle Front Left

Rows in the front-left of the Dress Circle are curved to face the stage at a slight angle, but still provide excellent views of the action. A low safety rail runs across the balcony in front of Row A and does not obstruct the view. Due to the modern build of the theatre, there is sufficient legroom in this area. Boxes C-E run down the left side of the Dress Circle, facing the stage side-on with movable chairs. Slips AA are closest to the main seating and offer the best views for those who prefer free-standing seats.

Dress Circle Front Right

Rows in the front-right block of the Dress Circle curve to face the stage at a slight angle, but still provide excellent views of the whole action. A low safety rail runs around the balcony in front of Row A and does not obstruct the view. Due to the modern build of the theatre, there is sufficient legroom throughout this area. Boxes F-H run down the right side of the Dress Circle, facing the stage side-on with movable chairs. Slips BB are closest to the main seating and offer the best views for those who prefer free-standing seats.

Dress Circle Centre

The Dress Circle centre is arguably the best area in the theatre, especially for large-scale musicals. Sitting in centrally in rows A-G is the best option, as seats face the stage head-on and are staggered on a decent rake to ensure no obstructions. Two aisles run either side of this section, at seats 23 and 38, which can provide a little extra legroom for patrons in these seats. Centre seats in rows H-K have the overhang in view, but this does not affect the experience.

Dress Circle Rear Left

Rows in the rear-left of the Dress Circle are angled toward the stage, as seats expand to 5-56 per row. Curving around the stage, this can cause seats at the far ends of rows to have a slight side-view of the stage. Despite this, a good rake and staggered seating ensures limited obstructions, and whilst the overhang is in view at around Row E, it does not significantly impact the view for rear seats.

Dress Circle Rear Right

Seating in the rear-right of the Dress Circle is angled toward the stage, as rows expand to 5-56 seats. Curving around the stage, this can cause seats at the far ends of the row to have a side-view of the stage. Despite this, a good rake and a staggered tier ensures limited obstructions, and although the overhang comes in to view at around Row E, it does not significantly impact the view for rear seats.

SeatPlan’s Best Views of the Stage

The best overall views in the Dress Circle can be found centrally, in rows A-C. Complete with a premium price tag, these seats feel close to the stage and ensure that all detail can be seen. Surrounding seats in rows A-E also offer a similar experience.

Best Legroom Seats

Good legroom is available throughout the Dress Circle but sitting in an aisle can guarantee a little extra room. Box seats and Slips are movable chairs, which allows unlimited legroom.

Tips

• A safety rail runs in front of Row A but does not hinder the view
• Boxes C-H and Slips AA and BB are movable chairs that allow for extra comfort
• Choose Row H over Row G for a cheaper price and similar view

Pricing

Seats in the Dress Circle are overall priced very similarly, however premium tickets can be found in the centre of rows A-C. The rest of the seats in rows A-G are top price, with no difference in pricing for seats at the ends of rows. Slightly cheaper seating can be found in rows H-K, where the Balcony overhang is partially in view.

Bars

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

Toilets

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