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sewitall Jun 17th, 2011 04:23 PM

Blocked seats at the Globe question
I am trying to book tickets for the Globe and many of the tickets are listed as a blocked or partially blocked view. What exactly does that mean? Is there a column in the way of a portion of the stage or the entire stage. Would I have to twist my neck and lean into the person next to me to see? How much of an issue is it? The non blocked views are 37 pounds which was a surprise, but I really want to go. Thank you for sharing your experience in this matter.

janisj Jun 17th, 2011 04:30 PM

Some have narrow columns in the way. Some are so far around on the sides that the view of the stage is side on --or even sort of looking at the backs of the actors.

This chart shows the entire theatre. If you click onthe eyeballs you can see the actual views from various sections.

Irishwhistler90 Jun 17th, 2011 04:41 PM

Yes, the blocked view seats have a partially blocked view. They cost less because of this, but if you want a great view, try to get seats that aren't blocked or right next to the stage.

janisj Jun 17th, 2011 04:47 PM

"<i>or right next to the stage</i>"

At the Globe, there really are no seats right next to the stage -- except for some obstructed seats sort of behind the main part of the stage. The view would be over the shoulders of the actors and across to the main part of the audience.

anyegr Jun 17th, 2011 04:47 PM

If you go to the website:
and look at the pictures from inside the theatre, you will see that there are indeed wooden columns everywhere. I think they are needed to hold up the roof over the seating area. If you get a seat right behind a column, I think you will have to twist around it a bit to see, but I'm not certain. I splurged and got a better and more expensive seat the one time I was there.

I would advice you to either rent a seatcushion or bring your own, because the seats are hard and you will be sitting there for hours. The seatbacks, on the other hand, are rather silly and useless, too flimsy to give good backsupport.

If it's a hot day, you should bring something to drink. If it's a rainy day, bring a raincoat. The seats may have a roof, but the stage does not.

Irishwhistler90 Jun 17th, 2011 04:49 PM

Looks like the middle gallery is pretty much booked out on the dates when you could possibly go, my advice, if you want a central view, book in the upper gallery, bays G, H, or I. We were in bay H and had a wonderful view of the entire performance. The only possible drawback is that it takes ages to get to the restroom and back if you are in the upper gallery. I just didn't go, but it took my grandmother ages! She only just made it back before the intermission was over.

sewitall Jun 18th, 2011 05:52 AM

Got a middle gallery bay F, unobstructed with seats together. These were the last available during my time in London. I'm satisfied. Thanks for the information.

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