SEAT REVIEWS: Theatre Royal, Glasgow

OVERVIEW:

The Theatre Royal is the oldest theatre in Glasgow, originally opening in 1867, the name changing to the Theatre Royal in 1869. It is the longest running theatre in Scotland. The theatre was spectacularly expanded and the new foyer/ lifts/ public spaces were opened in December 2014.

The theatre is owned by and is the home of Scottish Opera. It is also a major receiving house.

The auditorium has 1541 seats arranged over 4 levels, from bottom to top: Stalls, Dress Circle, Upper Circle and Balcony.

The theatre has a number of structurally essential pillars within the auditorium. These are clearly marked on the official theatre plan and are discounted in price.

INDIVIDUAL SEAT REVIEWS:

STALLS: The stalls can be configured in a number of ways depending if the full opera orchestra pit is needed, or not. There are structural pillars situated within the space.

ROW INDIVIDUAL SEAT REVIEWS – STALLS
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DRESS CIRCLE: Structural pillars are situated into the space. The upper circle overhangs the back few rows – cutting off the view of the top of the stage. There are only intermittent handrails to help you down to your seat.

ROW INDIVIDUAL SEAT REVIEWS – DRESS CIRCLE
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B 7/8 – On the aisle on right hand side as you face the stage. Very good view of stage if a tiny bit side on. Leg room good.
C 2 – Poor view, parts of stage obstructed, even behind a small woman in front – view awful.

3 – Very bad view, could only see a tiny part of stage. Had to sit on an angle to see one small part of stage. At no time could see the whole of the stage. Completely affected enjoyment of the production.

4 – Not ideal, but better than C3, very small person sat in front, their head obstructed the view (and I am tall) could only see because seat next to me was empty and could lean into that space to see.

21/22 – very tight legroom even if you are small.

35/36/37 – on left hand side facing stage. Leg room good, view slightly to side, little bit of back ache/ neck ache turning slightly to face stage but good panoramic view of set/stage.

D 7/8 – On the aisle on right hand side as you face the stage. Very good slightly side-on view. Can get legs into aisle in seat 8.
E 12/13 – Good central view, excellent leg room
F 16/17 – Central view
G 9/10 – End of aisle. Good view.
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K 15/16 – View of stage restricted by the overhang of the upper circle. Felt restricted for space.
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UPPER CIRCLE: Again, structural pillars protrude into the area.

ROW INDIVIDUAL SEAT REVIEWS
CC SLIP SEATS RIGHT
DD SLIP SEATS LEFT
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BALCONY: There is lift access to the top (and all other levels) of the theatre, the rows are very, very steeply raked with up to 35 steps to access them. There are intermittent hand rails. 

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