another query on seats
Posted 20 February 2005 - 02:01 PM
I gather from other threads that sightlines in the orchestra are not very good, so that one really has to be seated towards the center. But I wanted to know about the dancers' feet. At many theaters one can't see feet properly sitting up close--they are cut off by the angle of the stage--is this a problem at the opera house? If it is, at what row does it stop being a problem?
Also, at what row do orchestra seats start to be properly "banked" so that a shorter person can usually see over the heads of the people in front of him/her? (Marc Haegeman once said the banking is overall poor--but I thought I would throw this question in anyway).
I may get to London for work this June. If I do it will be one of my very few opportunities to see serious ballet this year, and I'm prepared to spend money on fabulous seats. So, I would also be interested in people's opinions on what are the "money no object" best seats in the house. I will add that I am someone who tends to enjoy being closer to the dancers, even when it means not getting the perfect effect of patterns.
(I know seats at the opera house have been discussed before, and I did do a search on this topic, but wanted to see if I could get some more information than I found with the search.)
Thanks for any responses...
Posted 21 February 2005 - 06:50 AM
The other option is Stalls Circle row A - A20s and 30s are pretty good, unlike Row H (where you're head is about level with the stage) you can acually see the stage floor. They're a bit restricted view though - you miss maybe 10-20%? They're quite a bit cheaper but are popular so they tend to go fast.
I wouldn't recommend the boxes to be honest if you want to be close. I've sat in the directors and royal boxes before and though they're fabulously close, a huge quarter of stage is out of sight. Plus it depends on which seat you're in - I feel so sorry when I see people in the 2nd row of these boxes, mid-performance, standing and straining to see after forking out £80 or so.
Hope you make it over!
Posted 21 February 2005 - 06:32 PM
Posted 22 February 2005 - 05:08 AM
The dirt cheap option of standing at the back of the stalls circle also gives a wonderful view and if you have a standing place behind the centre block it is a better view than most of the seats in the house.
Posted 22 February 2005 - 06:48 AM
Posted 22 February 2005 - 08:28 AM
(I feel sheepish about the fact that I did attend a couple of performances at the opera house during my last visit to the U.K. three years ago. But somehow I did not manage to get a very good feel for what the layout was or what the seats were like--other than the very peculiar ones I was sitting in. The one fan I spoke to at that time loved sitting in the front row of the orchestra and claimed no problem seeing feet at all--but that just seemed very unlikely...)
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