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St. James Theatre - Recommended Seats
• Value for money seats
Left and Right Orchestra - rows A to S.
Center Mezzanine - centre front rows
• If money were no matter
Center Orchestra - Any seats in Row A to M.
• Best views of the stage
Center Orchestra - front and centre rows typically offer a great view of the stage
• Best Legroom
Row A in Orchestra, Row A in Mezzanine, Row A in the Balcony and corner seats.
St. James Theater Orchestra
The orchestra section in St. James theater has a total of 705 seats, spread across 21 rows, titled AAA to S. The section is further divided into three parts, orchestra left, orchestra centre, and orchestra right. The seats in orchestra left are odd numbered, starting with 1 and ending with 29, moving right to left. The orchestra centre subsection has seats numbered 101 to 114, again, moving right to left. The last subsection, orchestra right is even numbered, with seats numbered 2 to 28, moving left to right.
Given its proximity to the stage, the St. James theater orchestra offers some of the best viewing angles. The front and centre rows typically offer a great view of the stage, without any obstructions, being in the direct line of sight of all the stage proceedings. The extreme corner seats of the left and right orchestra are avoidable, given that you would need to turn your head slightly throughout the show. But, if the seats are available for cheap, we would still recommend going for them, instead of something like the last few rows of the balcony.
The last rows of the orchestra are not too shabby and can be opted for if you’re looking for reasonably priced seats. If you happen to have extremely tall people in the rows ahead, well, that can potentially cause an obstructed view.
St. James Theater Mezzanine
The first of the two elevated levels in the theater, the mezzanine section has a total of 656 seats, making it almost as big as the orchestra. The overhang begins from Row F of the orchestra section and extends to the end of the theater.
The seats in this section are uniformly good and most offer a pretty clean view of the stage, barring the extreme corner seats, of course. The front row, centre seats are some of the best in the theatre, providing a complete look at the main stage, without any obstructions, in both material or human form.
This section, like the orchestra, is divided into three subsections as well. The centre orchestra has 16 rows in total, starting from A and ending with Q (like most theaters, St. James also skips row I). The seats in this subsection are numbered between 101 to 114, moving right to left. The left and right subsections are odd and even numbered respectively with seats numbers starting from 1 and ending with 35.
If you have a choice between rear rows of the orchestra and middle rows of the mezzanine, we would recommend going for the mezzanine seats. First, because, the natural incline offered by any elevated level makes for a better viewing angle and helps you avoid the issue of someone tall sitting in front of you. Second, the value for money for the mezzanine seats would be more, given that the prices for both categories of seats fall in the same range.
St. James Theater Balcony
And then there was one. The last section of the St. James theater is the balcony, with a total of 326 seats. The section is again divided into three parts, like the other two sections of the theater, with 8 rows in total, titled A to H.
Being the last section, you can’t expect a great view of the stage, but surprisingly, the St. James theater balcony is not that bad. The front few rows, while quite far back away from the stage, offer a good, clean view. The last few rows can be avoided, though, since audience reviews have complained of the lack of audibility around those seats.
The only issue with the balcony section is that the height can be a bit too much for some guests, especially since you’re looking down at the stage proceedings from such a great height. We would recommend avoiding the last section completely if you suffer from vertigo or simply don’t enjoy being at great heights.
30-Second Takeaway: St. James Theatre
- Given that the theatre is pretty old, there are no lifts anywhere. You’ll have to climb a lot of stairs to get to your seat, especially if you’re seated in the balcony section.
- The staff at St. James theatre is very accommodating, according to multiple user reviews, so if you have special requests or are physically disabled, special arrangements can be made as per your requests.
- If you’re expecting to make a quick trip to the washroom during the intermission, don’t. The queue is generally far too long, which means you might spend the first few moments of the second act waiting in line.
- Speaking of restroom, there are wheelchair accessible restrooms located on the main level. There are ladies' restrooms located on the orchestra, mezzanine and balcony levels. The men's restroom is located on the orchestra level and balcony.
- The leg room in most seats is average at best, so if you or anyone accompanying you is tall, the first row of either the orchestra or the mezzanine section will be ideal for you.
- If you’re afraid of heights, we would recommend skipping the balcony section altogether. The section is at a great height and the slight downward inclination is bound to make things worse if you’re wary of heights.Given that the theatre is pretty old, there are no lifts anywhere. You’ll have to climb a lot of stairs to get to your seat, especially if you’re seated in the balcony section.
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St. James Theater Seating Chart FAQs
The St James Theatre has a total seat count of 1688 across 3 sections - Orchestra (702 seats), Mezzanine (658 seats) and Balcony (328 seats).
The best seats in St. James Theatre are in the Center Orchestra, rows BB-M. Patrons wanting an unrivalled intimate experience should sit as close as possible, but avoid the middle of row A behind the conductor's box. Row A of the Center Mezzanine also has excellent sweeping views of the stage.
St. James Theatre has a seating capacity of 1,710.
Designated wheelchair spaces are available across the back half of the Left, Right and Center Orchestra, namely in rows P-Q. Companion seats can be purchased alongside these spaces, and are placed to the side or in front. Transfer seats are also available at various points from row C.