Navigating the Royal Court Theatre Seating Plan
The Royal Court Theatre is one of the smallest West End houses still active. There are only 389 seats in total which are divided across three sections namely, stalls, circle and balcony. If you're wondering which seats lend you the best view of the theatre and the overall layout of the theatre, we have just the thing for you!
Royal Court Theatre - Tickets
Royal Court Theatre - Recommended Seats
• Value for money seats
Rows at the rear end of stalls and middle row seats in circle; also, slip rows on either side of circle section
• Best views of the stage
Stalls - Rows E, F, G in stalls.
Circle - Front couple of rows
• Sufficient legroom
Stalls - Row K; avoid Balcony section at all costs
Royal Court Theatre Stalls
The biggest seating section in the theatre, the stalls holds 213 seats, which is more than both the other sections combined. There's one large block of seats in the front and then an aisle which separates the section, after row J. The section witnesses a gradual rake throughout the auditorium which ensures that patrons get a clear view from every seat. Due to the height of the stage, patrons sitting in the first row might have to crane their necks. The overhang of the circle section begins from row L and M, leaving the view offered from seats in these rows partially restricted.
Seats at the end of rows offer a partially restricted view since part of the stage gets cut off. There are 14 rows in the stalls section, labelled from AA to M. The seats are numbered in the range of 2 to 20, moving left to right. If you're looking to book seats in rows L and M, please note that there's no aisle on the side in this section and the seats can only be accessed via the central aisle.
Royal Court Theatre Circle
Next up is the circle, the first of the two elevated levels in the Royal Court Theatre. The main seating area in this section is one block of five rows and two rows, called slips, on either side of the theatre. There's a slight curve in the rows which means the end seats of the rows offer somewhat of a side view. The section features a steep rake, allowing patrons who are seated in the last row to have an excellent view of the stage. The seats in the slip rows offer a restricted view of the stage since they are on the side of the theatre. There's a safety rail in front of the slip rows due to which patrons have to lean forward slightly to view the stage. Housing only 112 seats, the circle section has five rows labelled from A to E. These seats are numbered in the range of 1 to 21, moving left to right.
Royal Court Theatre Balcony
The smallest section in the theatre and furthest away from the stage is the balcony. Housing a miniscule 64 seats, this section offers a relatively intimate viewing experience. There are only three rows in this section and the seats are placed in a single block. Due to the height at which the balcony section is placed, it might feel quite far away from the stage at first glance. But due to the small and intimate vibe of the theatre, patrons will never feel like they are too far away from the action. Like the rest of the sections, even the balcony rows feature a slight curve in the corner. This means that the corner seats of each row offers a slightly restricted view. Please note that the legroom offered in this section is very limited. There are three rows in this section and they are labelled A, B, and C. The seats are numbered in the range of 1 to 22, moving left to right.
Which Seats Offer The Best View?
Given that there are only 389 seats in the theatre, there aren't that many seats to choose from. If you're looking to have the best possible experience at the theatre, you'll need seats that offer the best view. In the stalls section, opt for the middle seats in rows E, F, and G for the best view of the stage. Due to the gentle rake in the stalls, these middle rows are placed in a way that allows for the best view of the stage. The front couple of rows in the circle section are also great since they offer an elevated and clean view of the stage without any obstructions.
Which Seats Offer the Best Value for Money?
If you're looking for value for money seats in the Royal Court Theatre, you're in luck since there are a lot of options to choose from. While the theatre is small and houses only 389 seats, the prices for these seats varies from one row to the other. Look for seats in the rear of the stalls section for a decent look at the stage without spending a lot on the tickets. You can also get tickets in the middle rows of the circle section since they offer a clean view of the stage and don't cost as much as the front row seats. If you don't mind a side view of the stage, the slips rows on either side of the circle section is also a reasonable choice.
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