Accessibility

Accessibility

One of the aims of the Theatre Royal Plymouth Regeneration Project in 2013 was to greatly improve accessibility, this included:

  • Accessible toilets on all four floors – including The Lab in the basement (radar key required)
  • No external steps to the front entrance
  • Steps replaced by a ramp and a lift on the ground floor
  • All counters have a lower section for wheelchair users

For patrons who are unable to attend performances unless accompanied; upon purchase of a ticket, an additional seat is available free of charge for the companion (for most shows).

When available, programme notes for audio described performances will be available two days before the performance and are available to download on the relevant show page.

For more specific information relating to disability access at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, please see the Disabled Go website.

On Stage Touch Tour

On-Stage Touch Tours are available on request and are ideal for patrons who are wheelchair users or have a visual or sight impairment. Lasting approximately one hour, they offer patrons an opportunity to be on-stage in both the The Lyric and The Drum to enjoy a sensory experience of sound and lighting effects, together with a chance to handle both props and costumes. Please call our Box Office on 01752 267222 if you wish to come along to this tour.

Assisted Performances (Captioned, Signed or Audio Described):

The Bodyguard

Audio Described
Sat 11 July 2.30pm

Captioned
Thu 16 July 7.30pm

Shrek

Audio Described
Wed 5 Aug 2.30pm

Captioned
Thu 13 Aug 7.00pm

Annie

Captioned
Sat 12 Sep 7.30pm

Rambert

Signed
Thu 24 Sep 7.30pm

Mack & Mabel

Audio Described
Thu 8 October 2.30pm

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Audio Described
Sat 24 Oct 2.30pm

The Smallest Show On Earth

Audio Described
Thu 05 Nov 2.30pm

King Charles III

Audio Described
Sat 12 Dec 2.30pm

Cinderella

Audio Described
Sat 02 Jan 2.30pm
Fri 08 Jan 7pm

Captioned
Tue 05 Jan 2.30pm
Wed 13 Jan 7pm

Signed
Thu 07 Jan 7pm
Sat 16 Jan 2.30pm

Relaxed Performance
Audio Described and Signed – Thu 14 Jan 12.30pm

Billy Elliot

Audio Described
Thu 10 Mar 2.30pm
Sat 26 Mar 2.30pm

Captioned
Thu 17 Mar 2.30pm
Sat 26 Mar 7.30pm

Frequently Asked Questions about assisted performances

How do I hear sound enhancement or Audio Descriptions?

Patrons can pick up a receiver from Box Office approximately one hour before accessible performances. These come complete with headphones and are tuned to correct channel. Patrons wearing hearing aids can switch their hearing aid to a T setting and borrow a receiver with a neck loop attachment. The system works using an infra red signal throughout the auditorium.

What is Audio Description?

It is the art of translating visual images into verbal ones, carefully avoiding any interpretations.

How is it Audio Description done?

From a sound proof room at the back of the stalls. The describer watches the stage and simultaneously with the action, the description is relayed directly to anyone in the auditorium who is wearing a headset.

What is described?

Details that have a visual element – the action on stage – body language, facial expressions, all integrated as succinctly as possible so as not to impinge on dialogue or song. Ten minutes before curtain up the describer will relay programme notes. These include some background to the production, the cast list and a description of scenery and costumes.

What is caption?

Caption performances cater for a large number of people with a hearing loss for whom infra red systems and sign language interpretation are not completely satisfactory.

How is caption done?

A skilled operator inputs dialogue an sound effects, which is then transmitted to LED screens positioned in the auditorium, either side of the stage.

What is signed?

A visual means of translating the spoken or sung word, using BSL (British Sign Language) and gestures for the deaf or hard of hearing.

What is a Sign Interpreted Performance?
A BSL interpreter will stand on the stage and give a sign interpretation of the text sung or spoken by the actors and singers on the stage. The signer will usually stand stage left.

The Theatre Royal Plymouth strives to make our facilities and performances as accessible to as wide an audience as possible. If you need communication support or more information, please contact the Theatre Manager on 01752 230318 or e-mail info@theatreroyal.com.