Located on 44th Street, just next to Times Square, is the new and refurbished Hudson Theater. Almost 50 years after its last Broadway performance in 1968, the Hudson Theater has returned in style, making for one of the finest theater experiences in NYC. If you’re looking to catch 1984, make sure to go through this extensive Hudson Theater seating chart to find the best seats in the house.
The repurposed Hudson Theater is home to the stage adaptation of 1984, a gripping novel by George Orwell about the struggles of an average man in a war-ravaged world ruled by the Big Brother. The play has been masterfully adapted by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan into what The London Times describes as ‘chilling’ and ‘ingenious’.
Without further ado, let us go through the Hudson Theater seating chart and help you find the best seats.
30-Second Takeaway: Hudson Theatre
- The theater is smaller than your average Broadway theater, housing a total of 976 seats spread across three sections.
- The orchestra section has 476 seats, with rows A to K providing a uniformly good view of the stage.
- The second section, dress circle has 254 seats and offers a mixed bag of viewing angles. The centre seats of the first couple of rows (A to E) are just as good as the front orchestra seats.
- The balcony offers an average viewing experience but the ticket prices make up for that. If you’re on a budget, we would recommend, a seat in the middle rows of the dress circle or the front row of the balcony.
- The theater has been renovated recently so you can expect a generally pleasant viewing experience.
- The Hudson Theatre is currently playing 1984, based on George Orwell’s shockingly relevant, dystopian thriller.
- The ticket availability of 1984 is decent, with an average theater occupancy rate between 75% to 85%. Generally, the best seats, i.e. front orchestra and front dress circle sell out fast and if you wait for the last moment to book your tickets, you’ll only get average seats.
- If you're planning your trip for a future date, you can book your tickets up to 90 days in advance on Headout.
- Headout offers a best price guarantee, which means you can get the cheapest tickets for the hottest Broadway shows of the season.
Which Seats Offer The Best View?
There’s no denying that the front Orchestra has the best seats in the Hudson Theater. These seats not only offer an uninterrupted view of the stage, but also bring you closer to all the action. Specifically, the center seats of rows A to E are the amongst the best in theatre.
Opinions might different on this one but the second in line after front orchestra is the front section of the dress circle. Providing patrons an elevated view of the stage, the dress circle seats are great on their own right.
Being the first elevated section, seats in the first few rows of the center dress circle are one the best and offer the most stunning views.
Which seats/section offer the best value for money?
While both the premium orchestra and the front rows of dress circle are considered the best in the theatre, most wouldn’t exactly call them value for money. That honor goes to the middle orchestra and middle dress circle seats.
Any seat in the rows F to M of the orchestra section offers a decent view and is easy on the pocket. For dress circle, rows E to H are suitable picks for the budget conscious.
Navigating The Hudson Theatre Seating Chart
Hudson Theatre Orchestra
The Orchestra section has a total of 474 seats that are divided into two sections.
The first half of the orchestra has a total of 196 seats spread across 10 rows, from row A to row K. This section is not only closest to the stage, but it also offers a uniquely immersive experience and is destined to be the best seats in the house.
The second half of the orchestra is divided longitudinally into 3 subsections - the center orchestra and the two side orchestras. The center orchestra here has 164 seats spread across 10 rows, from row L to row U.
Hudson Theatre Dress Circle
The Dress Circle (or mezzanine) is the first elevated section of the Hudson Theatre. Spread over 10 rows, from row A to row J, the dress circle has a seating capacity of 254 seats. The Dress Circle is further divided into three longitudinal sections - center, left and right dress circle.
Left Dress Circle
The left dress circle seats are spread across 10 rows (A to J) and are odd numbered.
Center Dress Circle
The center dress circle seats are spread across 10 rows (A to J).
Right Dress Circle
The right dress circle seats are spread across 10 rows (A to J) and are even numbered.
Hudson Theater Balcony
The Balcony is the second elevated section of the Hudson Theatre. Spread over 8 rows, from row A to row H, the balcony is almost as big as the dress circle with a capacity of 240 seats. The Balcony is also divided into three longitudinal sections:
The left balcony seats are spread across 8 rows (A to H) and are odd numbered.
The center balcony seats are spread across 8 rows (A to H).
The right balcony seats are spread across 8 rows (A to H) and are even numbered.
How Far In Advance Should You Book 1984 Tickets?
On an average, the total occupancy for 1984 on Broadway has been between 75% to 85% for the last 2 months. Generally the best seats, namely premium orchestra and front dress circle tend to fill up before other sections.
Our recommendation would be to book your tickets at least few weeks in advance if you want the best seats in the house. Headout allows you to book seats up to 90 days in advance!
What Are The Best Options For Buying 1984 Broadway Tickets?
Alternatively, you can check out Headout and get the best price on your 1984 Broadway tickets! More often than not prices on Headout will be cheaper than those on the official website. Headout, is an online concierge for wonderful experiences across the globe!
The process is quite easy. Select your seat, make your payment, and show up at the theatre on the day of the experience!
How To Get To The Hudson Theatre?
The Hudson Theatre is located near Times Square and is very easy to reach. Located on 139-141 W 44th Street, you can find ample parking spaces near the theatre. Check out Icon Parking near the theatre for trouble-free parking.
On the other hand, if you’re taking the subway, there are plenty of options for you. You can take the lines A, C and E to the 42nd Street and 8th Avenue or lines N, R, S, 1, 2, 3, 7 and 9 to 42nd Street and Times Square.
What Are The Best Restaurants Near The Hudson Theatre
Here’s a handy list of our top picks for best restaurants near Hudson Theatre:
1. Sardi’s: This iconic, continental diner is lined with caricatures of showbiz celebrities making it a hit with locals and tourists alike.
2. The Lamb's Club: This art-deco style restaurant, located in 132 West 44th Street, serves some of the best cocktails and steaks in New York.
3. Carmine's: One of the most popular restaurants on Broadway, Carmine’s is your answer to home-style Italian food in New York.
4. Connolly's: A wood-paneled Irish pub, Connolly’s is your go to place for pub food and a beer in New York.
5. DB Bistro Moderne: Located in Theater District, Daniel Boulud’s Moderne serves modern French bistro cuisine with a touch of America.
If you're looking for more options, how about checking out our in-depth guide on restaurants in the Theater District. It has everything you're looking for. And more.
What do you need to know before you go to the Hudson Theatre?
- Drinks are served in real glassware without a lid. Hence, it is advisable to have your drink at the bar as it may be a trouble and a task to keep things from spilling inside the theatre.
- 1984 is a show that runs without an intermission. Make sure that you make a quick visit to the restrooms before the play starts.
- Talking of restrooms, the newly renovated Hudson has restrooms on all levels (Balcony restroom is only male though).
- Though the Hudson has some of the widest and most comfortable seating in Broadway, seats in the balcony, though not cramped are a bit small and low for tall folks. Keep this in mind when selecting your seats.