I strolled around the theatre so you don’t have to. Here are some images from around the theatre so you can get an idea of what your view might look like! Apologies in advance for the substandard phone pics!
Royal Circle – Row J Seat 35. This is where I sat and it was a great view. Could see the entire stage, didn’t feel too distant, great rake so the tall guy infront of me didn’t obstruct my view. No complaints.
Royal Circle – Row A. Amazing view, probably the best in the theatre but it comes with a hefty price tag.
Royal Circle – Rear. Very much a letter box view and felt a little distant, but still a full view of the stage. May miss the top of heads at times. There are 2 boxes right at the back of the royal circle and I think you’d miss waist up when people are on the balcony from those.
Royal Circle – Slips (Left). Side View of the stage, the whole of the left side of the balcony is blocked but other than that a pretty good view if leaning forward. I believe these are £60 seats whilst thats a bit expensive for quite an obstructed view, at Hamilton prices these are a pretty good deal. There are 4 seats here and I was at the seat furthest from the stage, the view will become increasingly restricted as you move closer to the stage.
Stalls – Central. Great view. I was standing when I took this photo so you would obviously see less of the stage floor when seated. You may be unlucky if a taller audience member takes the seat infront of you as the rake isn’t the best I’ve seen. Would love to see the show from here.
Stalls – Rear. I am so sorry for the terrible quality of this photo!! Quite distant but a good view – if there are no heads in the way that is. Obviously the overhang from the royal circle would obstruct the view of the top of the stage but not enough to block any action. The rake in the stalls here is not the best i’ve seen so personally I wouldn’t risk sitting here. They’re expensive seats and theres a good chance there’ll be heads blocking your view.
Stall – Central Front Row A25. The stage is high and the view is restricted. You miss feet and lower legs but you don’t notice to be honest. It is difficult to take the entire stage in at once and fully appreciate the choreography but the chance to see so much detail and interact with the cast is excellent. Definitely worth the £37.50 I paid but the new £75 price tag is extortionate for such a restricted view (front row seats on the West-End are normally £20-30!!). Grab yourself a booster seat from the foyer if you sit here!
Grand Circle – Rear. Very very high and this circle is incredibly steep – not good for vertigo sufferers. Still, you have a complete view of the stage and I doubt anyone would be tall enough to block your view with the rake up here. A bit of a birds eye view. Feels distant and you would miss the small details/facial expressions and the top half of people stood on the rear platform onstage.
Grand Circle – Front. A really great view from here. Feels a little bit distant but you don’t miss anything and can still make out facials. I sat in one of the ‘restricted view’ aisle seats and the view was great, the restriction is due to the hand rail next to you and was very minimal. SO sorry for the awful photo but you get the idea – This is Grand Circle C19.
Grand Circle – Slips. The cheapest seats in the house!! Although uncomfortable I actually really enjoyed the show from here. It feels a lot closer than the grand circle does and although you miss the side of the stage closest to you, you still have a great view of the action. You’ll need to lean forward a lot and lean on the cushion in front of you. I actually knelt for most of the performance. If its your first time seeing the show, maybe opt for a seat where you can see the entire stage but otherwise these are a great option! You only miss around 20% of the stage on the side closest to you and only 5% of the action. 1 photo shows the view leaning back on the bench, the 2nd is the view when leaning forward.
Upper Circle. The main problem with the entire upper circle is the leg room which is just awful, there are no two ways about it! I’m a mere 5ft 4in and I was uncomfortable so I dread to think what its like for anyone taller.
Royal Circle Boxes – This was as close as I could get to a photo from a box – you can see the boxes at the edge of the image and they are slightly more to the side. The pro is that you are close to the action, the con is obviously the majorly restricted side view. At a guess, I’d say you’d probably miss about 30-40% of the stage depending which box you’re in. Grand Circle boxes will be more of a birdseye side view.
So there you have it – I did the best I could without being too creepy and climbing over people to get photos!!! For an old theatre, the Victoria Palace is actually brilliant in that it has very few restricted view seats! The renovation is absolutely beautiful and the seats are nice and new! Legroom is a big problem throughout the theatre but gets exponentially worse the higher you go (although the last row of the grand circle randomly has more leg room than the rest).
Unfortunately, with Hamilton being ridiculously popular and overpriced currently we don’t have much choice when it comes to seats but hopefully this will be helpful to someone!!
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