- The theater seats nearest to the stage. The US term for anystall seat is an orchestra seat, whereas in Britain the termorchestra stalls applies only to the first row or rows (seeorchestra). Among the most expensive seats in a theater,stalls were introduced in the 1830s when many venues extended thepit of the auditorium further back. The close proximity to the stagesometimes prompts those seated in the stalls to hurl remarks at theactors. During the first London run of Beckett's Waiting for Godot,for instance, Vladimir's remark to Estragon "I am happy"and the latter's reply "I am happy too", drew the loudcomment from the stalls, "Well, I'm bloody well not."