An auditorium is a room built to enable an audience to hear and watch performances of dance or drama. The layout of the room usually has a stage at one end, with the audience seated around it in a way that offers best view of the stage to maximum number of people. The seats are arranged in ascending rows with aisles separating them, and numbered for the convenience of the patrons.
Elements of design and stagecraft are used to enhance the physicality, presence and immediacy of the experience.
The seating areas can include stalls (the lower flat area, usually below or at the same level as the stage) and balconies (one or more raised seating platforms towards the rear of the auditorium).
In larger theatres, multiple levels are stacked vertically above or behind the stalls. The first level is usually called the dress circle or grand circle. Boxes are cubicles typically placed immediately to the front, side and above the level of the stage. They seat only a handful of people. These seats are considered the most prestigious of the house; followed by the dress circle.