SEAT REVIEWS: King’s Theatre, Glasgow
The King’s Theatre, Glasgow is a 1785 seat theatre on four levels.
It comprises (from floor up): Stalls, Grand Circle, Upper Circle and Gallery.
686 seats in the STALLS
320 seats in the GRAND CIRCLE
278 seats in the UPPER CIRCLE
501 seats in the GALLERY
The theatre also has a number of boxes.
The theatre is almost always busy and consequently is extremely hot. Wear layers, bring a (non-electric) fan. It is an Edwardian building with no air-conditioning.
INDIVIDUAL SEAT REVIEWS:
STALLS: Aisles at left and right side of auditorium, no central aisle.
|ROW||INDIVIDUAL SEAT REVIEWS|
|A||A9/10 – Front row. but view of right hand side of stage is obstructed a little due to the closeness of the stage and the angle of seat. Legroom excellent.
A23 – Excellent view, if you want to be a part of the action, up close to the actors then this is an excellent seat.
A24 – Front row, the orchestra pit is in front of this row separated by a railing. This seat is just off-centre so avoids the problem of the musical director standing directly in front of you. The view is excellent and the neck ache not so bad from being so close to the action. You can see every minute detail from here.
|B||B19/20 – This seat very much depends on your personal preference. Great if you like being close up where you may need to move head from side to side. If you prefer a fuller view of the action, maybe move further back. Decent legroom/ comfort.|
|H||H21/22 – The seats are offset so you can see between the heads of the people in front if there is someone tall in front of you. Otherwise it’s smack bang in the middle and far enough back to see the whole stage without having to look side to side. Feels close to the action. Great view.|
|J||J3/4 – Very good, clear views of the stage, usually at a discounted price due to proximity to the end of the row. Rows are fairly close together so leg room could be more generous, but seats do not feel too cramped. Not central but very little action will be missed. Great for an immersive panto/big musical night.|
|K||K29/30 – Good view, over on left hand side of auditorium facing stage. Overhang of grand circle above head. Could be problematic if very tall people in front.|
|P||P1/2 – The legroom is good, No. 1 seat on the aisle, but the circle overhangs above you and therefor gives you a restricted view. It’s almost like a letter box effect. The looming roof above personally made me feel a bit claustrophobic. Price of ticket usually reflects any problems.
P19/20 – Decent, not brilliant legroom, overhang from circle above head, full stage visible. Doesn’t feel too far from stage despite being 15 rows back.
P25/26 – Overhang from circle above does block the view of the whole top of stage/set. A bit ominous feeling for me.
|S||S27/28 – Restricted view seat. The overhang of the circle is at its most obvious/oppressive here. Top of stage view is cut off. Close to the very cramped Stalls Bar!|
GRAND CIRCLE: Comprises only eight rows. The seats are curved with an aisle down the middle and two side aisles. These seats are generally in the top pricing bands.
|ROW||INDIVIDUAL SEAT REVIEWS|
|A||32/33 – Excellent view of the whole stage. Good leg room. As front row, no-one in front to obscure view.|
|B||B6/7 – Seemingly better view than seats a few along in rows behind. Excellent view of the stage and there seems to be no issue with those in front obstructing view. Leg room good.|
|C||C9/10 – Average to good all round – legroom OK as long as your not tall, comfort average wouldn’t say it was the most comfortable. View Good.|
|D||D8/9 – On the curve, good, slightly side-on view but can see almost all of the stage. Problems may arise if a tall person sits in front where you will have to squint between the shoulders of the people in front.
D10/11 – good leg room. On the curve, view fine as long as the person in front is not too tall. Depending on the set design the view of the right side of the stage from the auditorium is blocked a little.
D12/13 – decent leg room, view very good, this could be affected if the person in front is very tall. Seat slightly offset so you can see between heads.
D18/19 – good leg room, very good view. View straight on to the stage. Whole stage can be seen easily.
D30/31 – on the left hand curve. Good view can generally see above/ between the people in front. OK leg room.
D33/34 – Offers good, clear views of most of the stage. Due to proximity to the end of the row, the angle does give a look into the wings and slightly limited view of stage right, depending on the production. Any further (i.e. towards D40) would offer a restricted view of stage right. Leg room is acceptable but limited seat width, so expect to be very close to your neighbours.
|E||E8/9 – on right hand curve, slight side on view, but great view of stage. Legroom a little restricted.
E12/13 – good view of stage, decent leg room.
E22 – Seat 22 is the aisle seat and allows you to stretch your legs. Straight on view of the stage. View blocked by average-sized person in front despite seat reviewer being 5ft 8 inches tall. Could lean into aisle to see most of stage (some still blocked on left hand side).
E23 – Decent leg room, view restricted to between the heads of 2 people in front – seat reviewer 5ft 2 inches tall.
E31/32 – middle of curve on left hand side. Good view, slightly side on. Legroom OK for the average sized person.
E34/35 – on curve on left hand side looking towards stage. View was a bit restricted by taller people in front, which resulted in a lot of peering side to side to catch all of the action.
|F||F31/32 – on curve on left hand side of grand circle. Decent view as people in front not very tall. Legroom not brilliant but bearable.
F34/35 – on curve on left hand side of circle. Good view, better than F31/32. Legroom good as where it curves around allows for more knee room.
|G||G36/37 – left hand side of the curved Grand Circle. Overhang from Upper Circle above head, you are aware it’s there but it doesn’t cut off view of stage. Left hand of stage heading into wings is cut off. Very much a 45% angled view towards stage. Legroom fine if average height.|
GRAND CIRCLE BOXES:
Grand Circle Box 3 – Seats 1 and 2 (complete 2 seat Box) – You tend to only be able to book Box for selected shows. Incredibly spacious for leg room, with positionable armchairs that, if placed correctly will vastly improve stage views. Views of stage are surprisingly good compared to the Box reputation, with very clear views of stage right, though limited viewing of down stage left. Book for a show that is an experience (like a pantomime). Would also work well for a one-person event, like a stand up or music event.
Grand Circle Box 1 (nearest stage, in front of Box 3) seats 4 people and would allow better stage views, and less restriction of views to Down stage Left.
|ROW||INDIVIDUAL SEAT REVIEWS|
|D||D38/39 – High up, but not as removed from the action as you would probably expect. Akin to a bird’s eye view looking over the stage action.|
|F||10 – View decent. Legroom OK for all except the tallest. The seat is as comfortable as can be expected in any standard theatre.|
On a general note, the first four rows in the gallery are all impeded by the handrail running along the front of the section. There is generally a lack of legroom and the comfort of the seats is compromised. All of this is reflected in the price of the tickets.
|ROW||INDIVIDUAL SEAT REVIEWS|
|A||A25 – No legroom, rail affects view (you have to bob up and down (low) to see anything) and the seat is utterly uncomfortable.
A40 – Officially a restricted view seat, which does live up to its name. It is possible to lean forward for an unrestricted view (this may annoy others behind you), but otherwise a very prominent bar will obstruct a small but annoyingly significant proportion of on-stage action. Leg room is very limited and proximity to next seats does not allow for any fumbling for sweets. Price does reflect its restrictive nature but not the worst on a budget. Would recommend something more central a few rows back for best balcony viewing.
|F||F23 (on aisle) F24 – F23 has a little leeway with legroom as it’s on the aisle. Actual seat bum-numbingly uncomfortable. There is a safety rail at front and from these seats it impinges on view. Might be better a few more seats along in the same row. Very high, very far from action, didn’t feel part of the experience.|
|J||J23 – On aisle so better legroom if you stick one leg out into it. Seat uncomfortable. Far back so can’t see any actor’s/singer’s expression from here. Can see most of the stage though but handrail at front still in view.|
|L||L30 – Too far from action. Couldn’t hear dialogue particularly well for a huge proportion of the show.|
|M||M23 – Back row. Letterbox view of stage. Not ideal if you want to actually see the show. That said, legroom is OK.|
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