Royal Alexandra Theatre Balcony

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Balcony guide

The Balcony is the tier located directly above the Orchestra. With a more intimate seating capacity, rows are gradually raked to allow for good overall views of the stage with limited obstructions. Offering some good views, particularly for large-scale musicals, the Balcony spans rows A-K, with rows widest in Row A, running from seats 1-44.

Seating is divided into three blocks of a similar size, divided by two horizontal aisles. Row A curves around the stage in a semi-horseshoe shape, causing seats at the ends of the row, and of rows behind, to be side-angled toward the stage. A safety barrier runs in front of Row A, which can very occasionally obstruct the immediate view.

The Upper Balcony overhang appears at around Row E but does not impact the view until around H, where it cuts off the top of the stage. The rear of the Balcony can feel distant from the stage, and there is limited legroom due to the rake.

Boxes E-H can be found at the front of the Balcony and are free-standing seats that face the stage side-on.

Balcony Front Left

Rows in the front-left of the Balcony curve to face the stage at an angle, but still provide good views of the action. A safety rail runs in front of Row A, which can minimally obstruct the view. There is decent legroom in this area, although it can get cramped at the ends of rows as they curve around the stage. A good rake ensures clear visibility of the stage. Boxes E-F are on the left, with Box F raised above Box E for a better view of the stage. These are free-standing seats that can be moved to suit comfort.

Balcony Front Right

Rows in the front-right of the Balcony curve to face the stage at an angle, providing side-angled but good overall views. A safety rail runs in front of Row A, which can occasionally obstruct the view. There is decent legroom, although it can get cramped at the ends of rows as they curve around the stage. A good rake ensures clear visibility of the stage. Boxes G-H are on the right side, with Box H raised above Box G for a clear view of the stage. These are free-standing seats that can be moved to suit comfort.

Balcony Centre

The centre of the Balcony is the best area to sit in this tier, particularly for large-scale musicals. With seats facing the stage head-on, views are panoramic and feel close-up, despite the height of the tier. A good rake and staggered seating ensures limited obstructions. Two vertical aisles run the length of the Balcony, providing slightly extra legroom in aisle seats. Centre seats in rows E-K have the Upper Balcony overhang in view, which can occasionally cut off the top part of the stage.

Balcony Rear Left

Rows in the rear-left of the Balcony are slightly angled toward the stage, with rows becoming shorter toward the rear of the seating. A good rake and stagger allows for clear views, although the Upper Balcony overhang is often in view and can partially obstruct the top of the stage. Legroom can feel limited here, due to the raking of rows, and action can feel distant from here.

Balcony Rear Right

Seating in the rear-right of the Balcony is slightly angled toward the stage, with rows becoming shorter toward the rear of the seating. A good rake and stagger allows for clear views, although the Upper Balcony overhang is often in view and can partially obstruct the top of the stage. Legroom can feel limited here, due to the steep raking of rows, and action can feel distant from here.

SeatPlan’s Best Views of the Stage

The best views in the Balcony are located centrally in rows A-C. Complete with a premium price tag, these seats feel closest to the stage and ensure that all detail can be seen with minimal obstructions. Seats in the centre block of the Balcony are the best option, as they offer head-on views of the stage.

Best Legroom Seats

Good legroom in the Balcony is available in aisle seats and potentially in the front three rows. Box seats are movable chairs, which can allow for unlimited legroom and comfort.

Tips

• A safety rail runs in front of Row A, which can minimally obstruct the view
• Boxes E-H are movable chairs that allow for extra comfort
• Row K is the cheapest row in the section

Pricing

Seats in the Balcony vary in price, due to the variety of views available. Premium tickets can be found in centre seats of rows A-C, with top price tickets at the ends of these rows and in Row G. Seats at the ends of the front rows and in rows H-J are the same price, due to angled views and restrictions from the Upper Balcony overhang. Row K is the cheapest row, as it is distant from the stage and affected by the overhang, which cuts off the top of the stage.

Bars

A bar and refreshment counter is available in the Balcony Lobby, which can be accessed step-free from the seating.

Toilets

Women’s and Men’s washrooms can be found 8 steps down from Balcony level.