It’s my first regional ‘where to sit’! Milton Keynes Theatre is vast, like seriously it’s absolutely enormous. I’ve done my very best to get into every corner and give you a decent overview of where to sit at this brilliant regional theatre.
The view from anywhere in this section is fantastic. The edges will give an ever so slight side view but it’ll hardly be noticeable. The stage is nice and low and the rake is good.
The central section just after row E is slightly raised up above the front section and split in 2 by the sound box. The rake is brilliant here so absolutely no issues with obstruction. These are my favourite seats in the theatre.
These sections are a bit of a mystery on the booking page. They’re labelled HH to MM and look as though they’re way off at the back of the stalls but they’re not. They’re directly behind row E, separated by an aisle. I sit here almost every time I come to MK and the view is brilliant. It’s a side view but you never miss anything other than perhaps the edge of the set. The rake is brilliant, my view has never been obstructed.
The rear section of the stalls from Row L feels like a royal circle at a regular theatre. It’s directly behind the soundbox and raised above the rest of the stalls so the view is brilliant. First photo is the front row of this section, second photo is the back row of this section – starting to feel a little distant by this point and overhang in view!
The circles quickly start to feel quite distant as the first row lines up with the rear section of the stalls – hence the theatre feels so cavernous! Still, thanks to the design most seats give a clear if distant view.
A fantastic unrestricted view. Even the end seats only have a slight side view but like earlier, not noticeable. Rows labelled AA to CC protrude in front of the main circle getting you a little closer to the action.
A side view. You’ll miss around a fifth of the stage closest to you but you’re nice and close to the action as it sticks out of the front of the circle, even further than AA.
A really great unrestricted view but it does feel distant up here!
Still unrestricted but it feels very far away.
Front Upper Circle
As with the circle, Rows AA – DD protrude forwards in front of the main upper circle getting you a bit closer to the action. The view here is fantastic and unrestricted but again, it is far away from the stage.
Side Upper Circe
The theatre isn’t massively curved so side views aren’t really restricted. This is the very end of the first row of the main section of the upper circle – Row A.
Central Upper Circle
I’m sounding a lot like a broken record here – it’s unrestricted but very high up and far away from the stage! You’ll see all the action but smaller details and facial expressions are a no from here.
Rear Upper Circle
Same goes for this section – I’ll let the photo speak for itself!
Upper Circle Boxes
There are 8 boxes that curve around the back of the upper circle. I couldn’t get a photo from one but they’re raised up a metre or two from the very back of the upper circle (last photo) and the ones on the edges will have a side view. They’re all classed as restricted view seats – you’ll probably have to lean forwards in the side ones to see the stage.
So that’s it – I tried my best to cover this gigantic theatre as thoroughly as possible!! I hope this is helpful, I always find it more difficult to find advice on seating in regional theatres than London theatres!
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