Come From Away is the best piece of theatre I have ever seen. It is exquisite from start to finish, from the writing to the staging and of course the phenomenal acting. Not only is it laugh out loud funny but this show is powerful. It tells a hugely important tale and it truly does feel like the show we all need right now. I think every one needs a ticket to see this show and so here I am, once again, to help you choose your seats! Here’s an overview of what you can expect from your view at the Phoenix Theatre.
The stage is very high and you are very close to it. Think of it as peering over your next door neighbours fence to get a peek into their garden (don’t try this). The view will be restricted, you’ll have to crane your neck and you might get spat on but you’ll be as close as you can get to the action. In this production there wont be any set pieces to get in your way so thats a bonus. These are day seats and so are sold on the day at £20, not bad for the price – I’ll definitely be making the most of this deal.
This was taken from the very last seat on row F (that would make it F1 I believe). There are no speakers at the side of the stage (hallelujah) and the set for Come From Away is minimal, so this actually isn’t a bad view at all! Sure, you’ll miss a slither of the stage closest to you but in this particular musical the vast majority of the action is centre stage.
A great view, and it should be for the price! The rake in the stalls of the Phoenix is average so your view shouldn’t be too obstructed but its always a risk. You’re also close enough to the stage that you’ll be looking up slightly anyway which always helps! Of course, you always run the risk of needing to bob from side to side in the stalls but these seats are a pretty good bet.
This theatre is a nice size and the back of the stalls doesn’t actually feel too distant from the stage. Again, the rake is ok but when you’re so far back you’ve much more chance of your view being a obstructed by your fellow audience members heads/top knots. If you’re like me and you hate overhang, you’ll be disappointed by the rather large overhang from the dress circle here although it will block absolutely nothing on stage. A letterbox view but actually not bad.
A fantastic, unobstructed view of the stage. It lines up with around row K of the stalls so you feel very close to the action and its almost on the same level as the stage. The safety rail and lighting rig may get in your way slightly if you’re in the more central seats, but not enough to spoil your experience.
Side Dress Circle
This was taken from the very last seat on row E. The circle is pretty narrow and not curved meaning the side seats don’t really give you a side view at all. These seats are fantastic and your view is unobstructed, none of the action on stage would be missed.
Central Dress Circle
A fantastic unobstructed view. With excellent rake in the dress circle these seats provide a fantastic view of the entire stage which is unlikely to be obstructed by your fellow patrons.
Rear Dress Circle
Row K seat 9. This is where I actually sat and coincidentally the worst photo I took (I amaze myself sometimes). The view from here is very good and you can see the entire stage perfectly well IF the person in front of you is not very tall. I had to lean slightly to the side for the entire performance but the view was good. Despite being the very last row of the dress circle, you don’t feel very distant from the stage. One thing to note – there is standing room directly behind you and the creak of the wood behind your head where people are leaning is distracting at times.
Obviously very uncomfortable BUT a really great view for only £10!
This is taken from the dress circle box. Its actually not a bad view. I have a slight aversion to boxes as they can be very restricted and pretty uncomfy but for this show I think these would be ok. As i’ve mentioned, the majority of the action is centre stage so a very minimal amount would be missed from here and you do feel really close to the stage!
First photo leaning back, second leaning slightly forward. A really good view when leaning. Doesn’t feel a million miles away from the stage.
Side Grand Circle
As with the dress circle, the grand circle isn’t really curved so the side seats still give a great unrestricted view! You’ll probably miss the band right up in the back corner on the side closest to you but nothing else will be missed.
Centre Grand Circle
A good view, unrestricted but feels distant. The grand circle is quite steep which is great for giving you a more clear view but you quickly feel quite far away.
Grand Circle Rear
An unrestricted view but very high up so a bit of a birdseye one. Feels very distant but these seats are really well priced and you can still see the entire stage.
There we have it ladies and gents – a complete overview of what you can expect at the Phoenix Theatre for the incredible Come From Away.
I urge you to get your tickets to see this powerful piece now. New productions NEED SUPPORT, they cannot last on the west-end without our support and it would be a complete travesty if this musical did not get the recognition it deserves here in London.
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