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Theatre (Audio description, BSL) - Edinburgh Theatres
The Edinburgh Theatres have regular accessible performances at the Festival Theatre and King’s Theatre
They aim to be accessible to all. All of their Front of House staff undergo disability awareness training and will be pleased to assist you should you require any information or help.
All performances with BSL, Captioning and Audio Description are listed here: http://www.edtheatres.com/access
AUDIO DESCRIPTION: A simultaneous commentary of the visual elements of a performance broadcast though a personal headset. The describer will let you know things like where the characters are on stage, what they’re wearing, how they gesture and what the set looks like. An introduction to the performance will describe the set, including lighting as appropriate and actors’ names and appearance, with costume details. Patrons should be seated 15 minutes before curtain up if they wish to hear the introduction. During the play itself, the describer will indicate what is happening on the stage without intruding on the actors’ dialogue. Prior to each Audio Described performance they will provide a Touch Tour of the set, costumes and props. Your describer will give you a full account of the items that you’re introduced to, and how they will feature in the performance. Touch Tours usually commence 1 hour prior to the show starting, in the theatre’s entrance foyer. Please book your place on the Touch Tour when booking your ticket for the performance as tickets are limited.
BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE: A BSL Interpreter will stand to one side of the stage and interpret all spoken or sung speech during the performance. Please mention that you wish to use this service when you book your show tickets and we will allocate you appropriate seats to clearly see the interpreter.
CAPTIONING: The captions are shown on a raised display unit in large print on either side of the stage and delivered at the same time as the words spoken or sung by the actors. This is also a wonderful service for anyone who has difficulty in following strong accents, or whose first language is not English. Please mention that you wish to use this service when booking.
Arriving: There is limited single yellow line parking in Tarvit Street approximately 30 metres away. Access from the road to the front of the theatre is up three steps. Wheelchair access is available through the Box Office entrance at the right hand side of the building. Please note that there is not a lift to all levels at the King’s Theatre. There is a wheelchair platform lift on the right hand side of the main foyer for access to the Stalls, where the wheelchair spaces are located.
Box Office: Tickets can be booked by calling 0131 529 6000, online or by using Text relay on 18001 0131 529 6003. If you have any specific seating requirements please let the box office know when you book your tickets.
Wheelchair users: There are five spaces at the rear stalls for wheelchair users, with adjacent seats for companions. Please let the Box Office know your requirements at the time of booking.
Toilets: There are two accessible toilets, one on the stalls level and one in the box office.
Refreshment: The King’s has Bars on all levels but they are only accessible by stairs. However, the theatre staff will be pleased to bring refreshments to those who require assistance. If you need assistance in getting refreshments, please speak to a member of Front of House staff before the performance starts.
Assistance with hearing: A Sennheiser personal loop system is available for hearing aid users. Personal loops should be collected from the programme box in the foyer of the King’s Theatre. Please note that at some performances, audio equipment, headsets and adapters are in high demand but we will do all we can to accommodate your needs.
Assistance Dogs: are welcome and staff will be pleased to look after them during the performance if required. Water bowls are available.
Afterwards: Staff will be happy to order a taxi after the performance for those with mobility issues.
Artlink (Edinburgh and the Lothians) provide a volunteer companion service for people who have difficulty in attending performances. For details please telephone 0131 229 3555 (Mon – Fri).
Braille, audio and large text versions of our brochure are available. Please contact the marketing department on 0131 662 1112 to be added to the mailing list.
Arriving: There are double yellow lines on Nicolson Street directly outside the theatre. As it is a main traffic route there is no parking at restricted times from 8.00am to 9.15am and from 4.30pm to 6.00pm. Access from the road to the front of the theatre is up six steps with one handrail or up a pavement ramp. Level access is also available at the side entrance to Café Lucia if required. They have parking spaces in the courtyard for patrons with accessible requirements, they also offer a drop off and pick up service whereby you can drop off someone and theatre staff can escort them to their seats. A space, for either service, can be booked in advance by calling the Stage Door on 0131 662 1112. There are no designated Blue Badge parking spaces on Nicolson St, but single yellow lines and Pay and Display spaces are available on side streets. Inside the theatre there is lift access to all levels. Lifts have voice synthesisers to assist visitors. Braille and tactile signage is also located throughout the building.
Box Office – Tickets can also be booked by calling 0131 529 6000, online or by using Text relay on 18001 0131 529 6003. If you have any specific seating requirements please let the box office know when you book your tickets.
Wheelchair users: There are eight spaces in the stalls for wheelchair users, with adjacent seats for companions.
Please let them know all of your requirements at the time of booking; this will help us to prepare for your visit. For extra assistance we offer the use of the theatre wheelchair. Please pre-book on 0131 622 8109.
Assistance with hearing: The Festival Theatre has a Sennheiser infrared system available in central areas of the auditorium. Box office will happily advise you on the best seats for reception. Headsets can be collected, free of charge, from the cloakroom on the lower ground floor mezzanine of the Festival Theatre. A Sennheiser personal loop system is available for hearing aid users. Personal loops should be collected from the programme box in the foyer of the King’s Theatre. Please note that at some performances, audio equipment, headsets and adapters are in high demand but they will do all they can to accommodate your needs.
Assistance dogs: are most welcome at our venues. We will be pleased to look after them during the performance if required. Water bowls are available at both theatres.
Accesible Toilets: There are unisex accessible toilets on levels one and two of the theatre – all have emergency call buttons.
Refreshments: Th’eatery on our ground floor has level access, and all bars have lift access. Please note that our bar areas do not serve refreshments after the performance; only before and during the interval.