Our house is open…to everyone! Orchard Theatre is proud to offer captioned, audio-described, relaxed and sign-interpreted performances on selected productions.
Details for Orchard West's accessibility will be published shortly.
Similar to television subtitles, captions display the actors’ words, as well as sound effects and off-stage noises, at the same time as they are spoken or sung. The captions are displayed on display units next to the stage.
Audio described Events
Audio-described performances provide a live verbal commentary on the visual elements of a production through hearing aid systems. The theatre has installed two hearing aid systems, an infrared audio enhancement system, and an induction loop system.
Performances are adapted in a number of ways to reduce anxiety and create a supportive atmosphere, including adjusting lights and sound levels on performances, providing a 'chill out' space, and demonstrating an embracing attitude towards audience noise and movement in the auditorium.
An interpreter will stand in a visible position and interpret the spoken and heard elements of a performance. A seat space can be made available for the use of guide/assistance dogs.
There is an access ramp via the right of the entrance, that brings you onto the same level as the stalls, lower bar and disabled toilet, which is operated by a radar key.
All of our stairs have handrails except those in the auditorium.
Please note the Orchard Theatre does not have any lifts.
Wheelchair users are accommodated in six spaces, three each side of the front stalls. Additional seating is provided next to these spaces for a personal assistant.
Call our ticketing team on 0343 310 0033 to request accessible seating or to have any questions answered about our venues.
With our visual story, our theatre is always open, even after the curtain has fallen! The visual story is intended to help prepare visitors for a new experience and to make our theatre as accessible as possible. It has been created for audience members attending one of our relaxed performances, but they are suitable for anyone who would benefit from a clear and accessible introduction to our theatre spaces.