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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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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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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.
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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
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.
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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.

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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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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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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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SEAT REVIEWS: King’s Theatre, Glasgow

OVERVIEW:

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 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.
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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.

Picture taken of the Pre-set from stalls seat J3/4, Sleeping Beauty January 2018

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.
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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.

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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!
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GRAND CIRCLE: Comprises only eight rows. The seats are curved with an aisle down the middle and two side aisles. 

ROW INDIVIDUAL SEAT REVIEWS
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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.

Picture taken from Grand Circle seats D33/34 of The Play That Goes Wrong Feb 2018

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.
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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.

Picture taken of the Pre-set, Elf: The Musical November 2017 From Grand Circle Box 3 seats 1 and 2.

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.

Picture taken Inverval, Elf the Musical November 2017 From Gran Circle Box 3 seats 1 and 2

UPPER CIRCLE:

ROW INDIVIDUAL SEAT REVIEWS
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GALLERY: 

ROW INDIVIDUAL SEAT REVIEWS
A 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.

Picture taken of Gallery Seat A40 Preset, Beautiful February 2018 (Leaning forward)

Picture taken of seat A40 at interval, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical February 2018 from seated view. See picture above for contrast.

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SEAT REVIEWS: Websters Theatre, Glasgow

OVERVIEW:

Websters Theatre is a 184 seat tiered auditorium.

The theatre is located in a former church.

There have been issues with the fabric of the building.

The sight lines from most seats is excellent due to the rake of the tiers and the small size of the auditorium.

The previous seats were notoriously uncomfortable and in bad repair. The seating has been recently replaced with old cinema seats. There appear to be at least two different kinds. The auditorium has now got comfortable seats, but in replacing small flip seats with huge cinema seats there is absolutely no legroom. If you are over 5ft 2 then your knees will be jammed around ear level or skinned from forcing your legs to the floor. In my humble opinion this is the most uncomfortable theatre space in Glasgow.

INDIVIDUAL SEAT REVIEWS:

ROW INDIVIDUAL SEAT REVIEWS
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L 7-8 These seats are in the back row and allow you to stretch your legs into the aisle.

This row has the most padded of the various types of cinema seat and is very comfortable. It also has a cup holder.

 

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SEAT REVIEWS: Platform, Glasgow

OVERVIEW:

Platform, Easterhouse is a 210 seat tiered auditorium.

There are ten main rows of tired seats with a gallery row directly behind that separated by a rail. Two small sets of slip seats are also located on this level.

The seating is unreserved, however, this is not an issue as the sight lines from all seats in the auditorium are excellent. and the size of the auditorium is such that in any seat, you feel close to the action.

The legroom is good, there is a footboard at the back of each seat to prevent kicking the one in front.

The seats are straight backed with arm rests and firmly upholstered.

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SEAT REVIEWS: Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock

OVERVIEW:

Eastwood Park Theatre is a 338 seat, tiered auditorium.

Sight lines from all seats are excellent due to the high rise between each row.

The auditorium is a good size but even at back views don’t feel too far removed from the action.

Good leg room in most seats.

The seats are a good width and are firmly upholstered. There’s a bit of wiggle room if you are starting to feel uncomfortable.

The auditorium is comfortably heated/ventilated.

INDIVIDUAL SEAT REVIEWS:

ROW Seat Review
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D 8/9 – Great view, comfortable, unobstructed view
E 11/12/13 – Central view, no site line problems, comfortable seats
F 19/20 – just off-centre but the curve of the auditorium and the wide stage means this is an excellent view. Good leg room.
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SEAT REVIEWS: Tron Theatre, Glasgow

OVERVIEW:

The Tron Theatre Main House is a 230 seat, tiered auditorium broken into two levels with slip seats on both sides of the upper level.

Sight lines from all seats are excellent due to the high rise between each row.

The auditorium is small enough that even at the back, the audience feels part of the action.

The only issue is the leg room if you like to stretch your legs in front. There is a base board at the back of the seat in front so, feet flat on floor, sitting upright is the only option.

The seats are a decent width and are firmly upholstered. Can be a little uncomfortable in a lengthy production.

The auditorium is comfortably heated/ventilated.

INDIVIDUAL SEAT REVIEWS:

ROW Individual Seat Reviews
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H 13 – second seat in from the aisle. Not so tight to be a problem but snug fit to person next to you.

14-  the end of the row so room for sticking uncomfortable legs out. Great view. Firm seat. Not the biggest seat but fine.

THERE IS A BREAK HERE, SEPARATING LOWER AND UPPER TIERS
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THE SLIP SEATS

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K 18 – View very good. Felt snug, leg room not brilliant. In a long production could be uncomfortable.
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