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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C
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E
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G
H 1 and 2 – End of row on right side facing stage. Good view but top right hand quarter of the set is cut off from view. Surtitles on main stage can’t be seen from here. Fine if all the action takes place at front/mid stage. H2 could also be affected if very tall person sat in front.
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N
O
P
Q
R

DRESS CIRCLE: Structural pillars are situated into the space. The upper circle overhangs all but the front four rows – as you move to the rows further back this cuts off the view of the top of the stage. There are intermittent handrails to help you down to your seat.

ROW INDIVIDUAL SEAT REVIEWS – DRESS CIRCLE
A 33 – Sold as restricted view as there is a railing off to your right hand side but none of the stage obstructed. View excellent and plenty leg room as on the end of the aisle.

34 – left hand side of auditorium facing stage, excellent, unobstructed view, seat slightly turned to stage. Legroom fine.

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.

35/36 – On the left hand side facing stage. The section of seats here is curved in to face the centre of the stage. The seat is slightly turned away from the stage, the head-on view is actually the boxes on the other side of the auditorium, that said it is negligible, the view of the whole stage is excellent. Leg room reasonable to 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 This row has the most legroom and space between seats and is advertised thus.

12/13 – Good central view, excellent leg room.

F 16/17 – Central view

21/22 – Central view, decent leg room.

G 9/10 – End of aisle. Good view.
H
J
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
A 10 – Front row, on aisle. The view is good but the legroom appalling even if you can get one leg in to the aisle on right.
B
C
D 11/12 – Legroom average and view fine – feels a bit detached from stage.
E 12 –  Leg room OK but not brilliant. View unrestricted but felt far away and as a result didn’t feel engaged with the production.

32/33 – Decent value for price, legroom/ view fine but felt far away from action.

F
G
H 30 – On left side facing stage – a bit of a side on view of stage. There’s a pole smack bang in the centre of the view in front of you. It is sold as restricted but it really is comedically right in your face. You can lean either side of pole much to the annoyance of people either side of you but not to be recommended.
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K

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. 

ROW INDIVIDUAL SEAT REVIEWS
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B
C 15/16 – Quite possibly the most terrifying descent to a seat I’ve ever experienced. Not for those afraid of heights. The rake of the stairs is unbelievably sharp and the rail that’s meant to stop you is about calf height. You can almost touch the ceiling when you stand up. Do not look down to the stalls whatever you do. The view is actually very good ( I would argue that you feel closer here than in the upper circle below) but you are so pre-occupied with the terrifying height one’s enjoyment is somewhat affected!!!!! Had to have a lie down after this!!!!!
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H
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