The Apollo Theatre is built across three levels, the Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle. With a capacity of 775, the Apollo Theatre used to have a Balcony, which collapsed in 2013 during a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Since then, the auditorium has been fully renovated and secured. A Grade II listed building, the exterior of the Apollo is in a Renaissance design, with an exquisite interior to match.
The Stalls are accessible via a few steps down from street level, and afford the best views in the Apollo. Even seats towards the rear of the Stalls offer excellent views, with no restrictions. This section is usually premium priced, although discounts can be found towards the back of the seating for an equally great view. The best and most expensive seats are the mid-front of the Stalls, and are worth purchasing if a show is particularly ambitious.
The Dress Circle is a few steps up from the main foyer, and provides excellent views of the stage. Prices vary in the Dress Circle, although many are priced similarly to the Stalls, due to the all-round good views of the stage. Rows curve round the stage, with seats at the ends of rows facing side-on to the stage. This does not affect the view at all, and these seats can often be bought at a discounted price. If a show is particularly choreography-heavy, the Dress Circle is the best place to sit, as you will be able to see everything on a much wider scale. Cheaper seats can sometimes be found in the back rows of the Dress Circle, but it may be worth buying similarly priced seats in the front of the Upper Circle for a better view.
The Upper Circle is the highest level in the auditorium and can feel slightly far away from the stage. This section is usually heavily discounted in price, although the Upper Circle does offer some good views. Sitting in the front rows will offer the best views of the stage, with the final few rows feeling slightly far away from the action on stage. Sit here if you are buying tickets on a budget, because despite the distance, the overall views of the stage are very good.
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