The Piccadilly Theatre is not the biggest in London but still has the capacity to seat a large number of people per performance, with 1232 seats available in the main auditorium. It is built on three levels; the upper tier is known as the Grand Circle, the middle tier is the Royal Circle and the ground level seating is collectively known as the Stalls.
As the Piccadilly Theatre is split across three levels it means that there is likely to be a seat to suit every budget and preference, as opposed to some smaller theatres where you can have less choice in the matter (or much larger theatres where a cheap ticket will leave you stuck up in the gods!). There is a range of different ticket prices across the auditorium, so it is worth doing some research before you book to make sure that your seats meet any particular requirements you might have.
The seats in the Grand Circle are situated furthest away from the stage in the uppermost tier. In the Grand Circle you will not have the best view of the action and it may not be the best option for those who really want to make the most of what the theatre has to offer, although this is not to say that these seats should be dismissed. The seats at the very front of the section can actually afford a decent overview of the stage and should be markedly cheaper than those in the Royal Circle below, and overall the bargain tickets for the show are likely to be found in the Grand Circle with a variety of prices depending on exactly where you sit. This makes it a great option for those on a tight budget, although due to the number of steps is not recommended for those who have difficulty walking.
The middle section of the theatre is known as the Royal Circle, and tickets here are normally marginally cheaper than those in the Stalls whilst affording some of the best views of the stage. If you can get tickets for the seats near the front of the Circle then you are guaranteed a view of the stage that will let you enjoy all of the performance, although these seats can be expensive especially for weekend and evening shows. However there should once again be a variety of prices dependent on where you decide to sit in the section.
The seats nearest to the stage are to be found in the Stalls, and the highest ticket prices are accordingly found in this section. Whilst tickets for a Saturday night performance can be expensive, there are often cheaper tickets towards the back of the section and special offers that will enable you to sit near the front for less than usual. However the price is arguably worth it for an unobstructed view of the show that allows you to feel like you are really amongst the action!
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