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Theresa Click to EMail TheresaClick to check IP address of the poster 05-05-00, 09:21 PM (GMT)
"Choosing seats at the Edinburgh Festival"
I would like to book seats for NYCB's visit to Edinburgh this August, but am somewhat at a loss as to what seats to choose. The Festival brochure does not include any diagrammes of the site, instead designating the various areas by four names: Circle (15 to 37), Stalls (5 to 30), Front Balcony (20) and Back Balcony (5 to 10).

My first question is very basic: what do those terms mean? Is the Circle the Orchestra? What are the stalls? The equivalent of American "booths" or French "loges"?

My second question is addressed to anyone who is familiar with the Playhouse site, where the ballets are to take place. Are there spots to avoid? Do the seats go quickly? Is there low-priced seating that nonetheless offers a good view?

Thank you for your help! Perhaps I will be able to meet some of you there...

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RE: Choosing seats at the Edinburgh Festival, Carly Gillies, 06-05-00, (1)
RE: Choosing seats at the Edinburgh Festival, Carly Gillies, 06-05-00, (2)
RE: Choosing seats at the Edinburgh Festival, Theresa, 06-05-00, (3)

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Carly Gillies Click to EMail Carly%20GilliesClick to view user profileClick to check IP address of the poster 06-05-00, 11:22 AM (GMT)
1. "RE: Choosing seats at the Edinburgh Festival"
Hi Theresa

The stalls are the whole ground floor of the theatre - they get less expensive the further back you go, and rear stall are cheapest seats.

The circle is the first balcony. Front circle is probably best seats in the house.

The balcony is therefore the 2nd balcony really.

Edinburgh playhouse is big. Its much deeper than it is wide. The stalls go back a long way and the back few rows of the stalls are awful seats - you're a long way from the stage, and unless you're really tall you can only see between the heads of the row in front. Front stalls are OK.

The circle is not so deep and even the farthest back seats there are OK I think.

The front of the balcony is high but good. The back about 2/3 of the balcony really feels a long way from the action. I've watched ballet from the back of the balcony, but really felt a bit removed from it all, and the sound is pretty poor up ther also.

If you get a chance to see anything at the festival theatre while you're there you'll find it's a much nicer theatre than the Playhouse. However literally hundreds of venues are used at festival time, and in fact you don't have to even leave the streets for a days entertainment.

Enjoy.

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Carly Gillies Click to EMail Carly%20GilliesClick to view user profileClick to check IP address of the poster 06-05-00, 11:25 AM (GMT)
2. "RE: Choosing seats at the Edinburgh Festival"

PS

Tickets don't tend to go too quickly. Probably because of the huge choice of events during festival time.

The people at the ticket office are usually really helpful about where to sit etc.

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Theresa Click to EMail TheresaClick to check IP address of the poster 06-05-00, 03:20 PM (GMT)
3. "RE: Choosing seats at the Edinburgh Festival"
Thank you so much!
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