Accessibility

We want to make your visit to Bristol Old Vic as enjoyable and comfortable as possible, so we have provided you with detailed information regarding accessibility in all areas of the theatre.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Box Office (10am-6pm Mon to Fri, 12pm-6pm Sat) on 0117 987 7877 or email: access@bristololdvic.org.uk (0117 949 3993) 

For more information regarding drop-off at Bristol Old Vic please click here.

Visiting Bristol Old Vic...

General Access

Customers requiring wheelchair access to our Theatre can utilise the Stage Door lift which provides entry to both the Backstage Bar and the performance space.

Our new Theatre entrance is situated off Queen Charlotte Street via Rackhay. This road is a fire access road, regrettably there is no fixed drop off point however, if you require drop off in Rackhay for access reasons, we are able to accommodate this on request. Please contact stagedoor@bristololdvic.org.uk or phone 0117 949 3993.

There are parking spaces around the corner on King Street for blue badge holders. Please note that King street is a cobbled street.

In the Theatre

There are allocated wheelchair spaces in the Theatre in the Dress Circle; please book in advance by phoning 0117 987 7877 and let us know of any other access requirements you have. Please note that only the Dress Circle has step free access. All other levels of the auditorium have steps. Please email access@bristololdvic.org.uk for more information about how best to navigate the building during our redevelopment. 

Audio Described performances this season 

Audio Described (AD) performances provide theatre experiences for partially sighted or visually impaired audiences. Audience members listen to a live narrator who details what is happening on stage, through a set of headphones. Free touch tours of the set and stage are offered before the show; audience members also receive a set of stage notes prior to the performance to ensure a full sensory experience in our theatre.

The Little Matchgirl

The Cherry Orchard Sat 7 Apr, 2.30pm (Touch Tour 12.30pm)  

A Monster Calls Sat 16 Jun, 2.30pm (Touch Tour 12.30pm) 

Touching the Void Sat 29 Sep, 2.30pm (Touch Tour 12.30pm) 

Twelfth Night Sat 10 Nov, 2.30pm (Touch Tour 12.30pm) 

A Christmas Carol Sat 5 Jan 2019, 2pm (Touch Tour 12pm) 

BSL Interpreted Performances this season

A signed performance features a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter who interprets the shows for deaf audiences.

The Wedding Post-show Panel Discussion Fri 19 Jan, following the 7.30pm performance (part of Gecko's outreach activity). Gecko will host a signed panel discussion that will explore two key themes from the show - integration and social cohesion, and affecting change in the community - and give you the opportunity to share your thoughts and questions with the team.    

The Cherry Orchard Sat 24 Mar, 2.30pm

A Monster Calls Sat 9 Jun, 2.30pm

Touching the Void Sat 22 Sep, 2.30pm 

Twelfth Night Sat 3 Nov, 2.30pm

A Christmas Carol Sat 15 Dec 2018, 2pm

Captioned Performances this season

Captioned (CAP) performances provide theatre experiences by converting spoken word into text that appears on a screen at the same time as words are sung or spoken on stage.

The Cherry Orchard Fri 23 Mar, 7.30pm

A Monster Calls Fri 15 Jun, 7.30pm

Touching the Void Fri 28 Sep, 7.30pm 

Twelfth Night Fri 9 Nov, 7.30pm

A Christmas Carol Sat 12 Jan 2019, 2pm

Relaxed Performances this season

A Relaxed Performance is intended specifically to be sensitive to and accepting of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) those with autistic spectrum conditions, anyone with sensory and communication disorders or learning disabled people. This means we welcome a more relaxed approach inside the Theatre and in the front of house areas to allow everyone to enjoy the show in their own way, whether that include people's needs to move in and out of the Theatre, make involuntary noise, or take a bit more time to adjust to their surroundings in the Theatre.

The Little Matchgirl Visual Story

A Christmas Carol Sun 7 Jan 2019, 2pm

Other Access Information

A sound enhancement system through use of a headset or individual loop is available for all performances. 

The accessible toilet facilities are located on floor -1 of the building which is accessible by Stage Door lift.

Guide, hearing or other working dogs are welcome. Please notify Box Office at time of booking.

People with disabilities requiring an accompanying person can request a free companion ticket at time of booking.

Programme notes for the current show programme can be also emailed by request.