I finally saw the show that everybody is talking about (pun intended) and of course I spent the interval wandering around the theatre, ignoring the funny looks everyone gave me, taking pictures from each and every corner the theatre in the hopes that it might just help someone pick their seats! Here we go.
This row is reserved for £20 days seats and lottery wins and to be honest I’m not even sure they’re worth £20. I sat here and its the most restricted front row view I’ve had. Firstly, the stage is very high so as always legs are cut off and it was a struggle to see the back 1/2 of the stage. Secondly, the desks used in this show are wheeled around into various formations and completely block your view for entire scenes. I still enjoyed the show from here but its impossible to fully appreciate a show with such a restricted view! If it’s your first time and you can afford better, don’t sit here.
The Apollo is a gorgeous little theatre with a fantastic rake in the stalls meaning you really will have a fantastic view wherever you sit past row D. Obviously as is always the case in the stalls, you may be unlucky and have a particularly well grown human in front of you causing a slight obstruction but with the excellent rake here you’ll probably be ok!
This was taken from the very last seat in one of the stalls rows and as you can see, the view isn’t restricted at all. I’m not even sure you could call it a side view! Great seats!
Again, with the Apollo being a lovely little theatre even the very back row of the stalls offers a fantastic view. You still feel close to the stage and there is an aisle between the main section and the last 3 rows which helps reduce obstructions! Row T is immediately after the aisle which makes this row particularly fab and unobstructed! The overhang isn’t even bad so I wouldn’t even call this a letterbox view!! Excellent value back here! This photo is from the very back row.
A VERY good view of the stage! Completely unobstructed and feels very close to the action.
Still a very good view of the stage!! As in the stalls, great rake means that obstruction by heads will be minimal (looks bad in this pic because its the interval and people are leaning forward). You still feel close to the action up here and have a full view of the stage.
As you get further to each edge of the circle, the corner of the stage closest to you will be increasingly cut off. Still, I’d rather sit here than in the first few rows of the stalls – you’ll miss much less.
A great view although you may need to lean forward slightly to avoid the lighting rig and wiring (and in turn annoy everyone behind you). Quite high up but not too high to feel disconnected from the show.
Central Grand Circle
Still a great view, quite high and quite steep meaning minimal obstruction from heads but you do feel a bit distant. This was taken from the aisle, the very front of the stage may be cut off which wont block any action and certainly wouldn’t affect your enjoyment of the show.
Side Grand Circle
The circles in the Apollo are very curved, particularly the grand, meaning as you get further towards the end of the row your view will become increasingly restricted. This was taken from the very end of row C and as you can see, you’d need to lean forward to see the edge closest to you. They also operate spots from either side of the grand circle so that could be distracting! The view gets increasingly restricted the further forward/back you go – middle is best. Still, these are some of the cheapest seats in the theatre and provide a reasonable view.
Rear Grand Circle
Very high and quite restricted if not central. This photo was taken about half way down the left section and as you can see, a good 1/4 of the front of the stage is cut off. Its also worth noting that as most peoples view will be restricted up here, there will be a lot of head bobbing and leaning which may further obstruct your view.
So there we have it. I didn’t make it into a box but if you have a peek at the photos I have shared, you can see the boxes in them and I would assume that the view would be very restricted, particularly from the grand circle boxes which would literally provide a sideways birds eye view. Dress Circle boxes will be slightly better.
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