You see Soundstage 28 is where they filmed The Phantom of the Opera
"C6: It seemed more overblown than ever. And I would certainly not recommend sitting that close in the stalls for anybody who wants to get the full effect of the production. In fact, I would guess that one needs to be at least in about row F or G of the stalls (i.e. further back than the chandelier) for all the effects to be seen properly, including the appearance of the phantom at the top of the proscenium arch, and indeed to have the elaborately decorated proscenium arch comfortably in one's field of vision."
Phantom of the Opera – The South Bank Show – tape …
"R12: (Hoodlum) Was directly behind the dreaded pillar - this must be the worst seat in the house at £22.50. The pillar was dead centre stage and exactly where the main characters chose to stand for most of the performance. I had to constantly crane my neck. The good news is that in the interval I managed to move to Q11. I couldn't say that it was a better view -there was no pillar but for some reason the heads of the persons in front were in the way!
I am a big Phantom fan and I've seen the show 6 times so I didn't mind having a restricted view but for anyone else out there wanting to chance it, I wouldn't sit in that seat if it was my first time seeing the show.
It remains to say that R12 (and that's coming from someone who has tried restricted in Chicago and Lion King) wins the prize for the most restricted view. At times I thought of just standing at the back! That would have been preferable. I should also add that at the box office when I bought the ticket the 'kind' lady said "all you have to do is to look to the side" sadly that doesn't solve the problems of the pillar being dead centre stage."
"R12: Right so I remember reading on Theatremonkey that some of the restricted view seats are alright. Went into the box office and she said R12 was the best. I then got very worried when I went on my mobile internet and saw someone say the pillar was directly in front. This is really not the case!!! The Theatremonkey plan incorrectly shows the placement of this seat. It is not directly behind the pillar, unlike Q14 (which is), but is in line with S12. (Editor's note: Theatremonkey seating diagrams do not reflect the exact position of seating as rows curve.)
You therefore can see 90% of the stage by leaning slightly to your right. Or, put another way, the pillar isn't in fact centre stage as the previous report said. It is on the far left hand side. Sitting back in your seat you still see around 80% of the stage. I would definitely not mark this seat as red. For a restricted view seat it is really very good. I didn't miss ANY of the action! If you want to see phantom on the cheap then seriously, GO FOR IT!"
"G27 and 28: (Brent). Paid £55 each (full price £67) from TKTS. We were very pleased with the seats, helped rather by there being no-one in seats F27 and F28 in front of us. We felt very close to the stage giving a great view of the actors' faces. Sound was excellent. Only the extreme left of the stage was out of view and I don't think we missed anything there. Occasionally actors at the front of the stage can block some views but we didn't feel this was a problem. The view of the top of the stage and the chandelier was unobstructed. My wife has seen "Phantom" from a position further across the stalls and thought these current ones were better.
The seats themselves were a bit uncomfortable - legroom was fine, particularly for me with no seat in front of me, but you feel that you are sort of sitting at an angle backwards with your feet off the floor.
We tried a few other seats behind us during the interval, in the spirit of theatremonkey! I thought the rake flattened out further back and wouldn't have been so happy with those."
“H7 and 8: Although the seats are slightly on the side, they both offer clear unobstructed views of the stage. In addition, row H begins to curve a little bit towards the end so I found myself looking between the shoulders of the people in front of me which helped, as the rake of the seating is not that steep. In these seats you will also be able to clearly see facial expressions, especially when the cast come to the front of the stage and to also feel fully involved in the show. More importantly, these seats will also allow you to see clearly downstage right which in this production, is essential, especially in the last few minutes of the show.
This was the fourth time I have seen the show and although this was the best overall view I have ever had, I certainly feel that some scenes are best viewed in some of the upper levels. For example, the roof top / chandelier scenes are best viewed from the front of the dress circle or upper circle. For us and for those sitting further forward and in the middle of the stalls, the dramatic impact of these scenes I feel, is slightly lost. I think some people sitting around me were not even aware of what was going on at the very top of the theatre."
“H19 and 20 (Adam). The view was superb, and RIGHT under the chandelier, however the worst legroom I've ever experienced! I would never ever sit in the stalls in this theatre again! The backs of the seats are FLAT, not curved, so you can’t put your knees anywhere, I was so cramped that my feet were tip-toed and I couldn't get comfy at all, and the guy in front kept telling me to stop knee-ing his chair (as though I had a choice!!). So it really spoiled my experience. At the interval we got moved to row N 27 and 28 which were further back and right at the side, but I had a seat with no seat in front of it, so that was better at least. Ah well."