I have a question regarding the internals of a West End Theatre, a comment on my Related Meta.SE post suggested Travel.SE as a potential resource, but I can't decide if it would be on topic or not, so I thought I'd ask here first.

So: Would a question regarding what is "wrong" with a certain block of cheaper seats in a particular theatre be on topic here at Travel?

  • Most of the time there's a limited view, like a fixture is in the way or something else blocking the view. Sometimes it's a bad rake, but not often. Sometimes it's noise from the street or bar, but also not often.
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 21:49
  • @GayotFow Yeah - In this case they're billed as "side view of the stage", but there's some seats that are 25% of the price of the seat right next to them. I was wondering how a "side view" seat can go from being worth full price to 25% in the space of a seat :) This isn't the place for it though! Commented Jun 4, 2015 at 7:33
  • The box seats at the Palace Theatre (Cambridge Circus) are a special hell unto their own. Obstructed view, obstructed sound... total crap. Nobody but tourists will even sit there. But they are standard price. I think it's on topic for TSE, but the bulk of regulars on TSE do not generally associate the two activities.
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 13:49
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    @GayotFow Nice. In case people haven't clicked through to my Meta.SE question - someone there recommended SeatPlan for this specific scenario. It helped me decide! Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 13:53
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    @JamesThorpe The difference of one seat can be enough to see past a pillar (or other obstruction) without it blocking your view and it blocking your view of part of the stage.
    – Phil
    Commented Jun 7, 2015 at 0:57

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If your main concern is about theatre seating rather than travelling to the theatre then I would say that no the question wouldn't be on-topic on Travel SE.

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