Accessibility

 

To book accessible seating, click the ‘Book Now’ button on any event. On the ticketing page, select the blue banner along the top of the screen and select your specific access needs. Once you enter the required code, you will be able to book the seats for you and a companion on the seating map.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your access requirements, please call the Box Office on 0207 379 5399.

 

 

The recent renovations to the Theatre will allow increased accessibility for all our guests. The newly installed lift allows guests with mobility issues to access seats in the Stalls and the Royal Circle.

There are four locations where up to two wheelchairs can be positioned side by side, plus one for a group of five. All have adjacent seats for companions and family. Wheelchair transfer options are also available to aisle seats in the Stalls and, if a small number of steps can be climbed, in the low number seats at the front of the Royal Circle. Front of House staff will look after a wheelchair for any patron wishing to transfer into a seat; it will be brought to the user during the interval and at the end of the performance.

All accessible seats can be booked online; just click the blue banner along the top of the seat map for details on how to book.

The Theatre has a wheelchair available; if you would like to make use of the wheelchair, please contact Box Office before your visit.

 

 

The Theatre is equipped with an infra-red system and headsets are available on request; please speak to our Front of House team when you arrive if you require one. If you contact our Box Office in advance, they can assist you in finding locations in the auditorium that suit your requirements.

 

 

Assistance dogs are welcome at the Theatre. They may sit with you in the auditorium or our Front of House team will look after them whilst you enjoy the performance.

 

 

The Shaftesbury Theatre regularly presents assisted performances, the details of which can be found under the ‘More Info’ section of each production. Captioned performances are generally provided by StageText, British Sign Language interpreted performances by Theatre Sign and Audio Described performances by VocalEyes.

Captioned performance of An Ideal Husband at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Photo: Kenneth O’Halloran

 

Captioning is similar to subtitling. At a captioned performance the words are displayed on a screen(s) placed near the stage or in the set and can be seen at the same time as they are spoken or sung. Speakers’ names, sound effects and offstage noises are also shown. A trained captioner prepares the script in advance to mirror the rhythm and flow of the performance and the captions are delivered live as the action happens on stage.

At Sign Language Interpreted Performances, an interpreter will stand in a clearly visible position and interpret the spoken and heard aspects of the show.

 

Donna Ruane signing a performance.

 

Audio Description is a live verbal commentary providing information on the visual elements of a production as it unfolds. It describes action that is essential to the understanding of the story, as well as other visual information such as the style and design, sets, costumes, facial expressions and visual jokes. The description is delivered around the dialogue of a performance and patrons listen to it through a headset.