Accessibility at Theatre503

We are trying to make our theatre and performances accessible to as many people as possible. However, due to the limitations of our premises being above a pub in a listed building and our current funding challenges, we recognise we are not able to accommodate everyone. We are working with our board and within our business plan to continually improve and find ways of being as open as we can.

That being said, we are a small enough organisation that we may be able to be more responsive to individual needs, so if we can do anything to make your visit to Theatre503 easier or more comfortable, or if you have any suggestions as to how we could accommodate further please feel free to call us on 020 7978 7040 or email mollyjones@theatre503.com.

Tailored Performances

We offer a variety of tailored performances within each of our 1-4 week shows. We also encourage a relaxed environment in all our performances. Please feel welcome to leave and reenter any performance or whisper quietly should you need.

Information for dates and times of tailored performances are listed on each shows page on our website.

Including:

RELAXED: For anyone who benefits from a more relaxed performance environment. House lights are left up with audience free to exit and reenter as required. Sound levels are reduced and any strobe / ‘flashing light’ effects will be omitted also. Talking during the performance is acceptable.

PARENT & BABY: Want to come to the theatre but have no child care? Theatre503 has you covered! Our monthly Parent & Baby performances encourage you to bring your baby along with you. The performance excludes strobe, flashing lights and sudden loud sound effects and encourages you to move around, leave and reenter the space as you or your baby pleases. A pram park, relaxing foyer music, and cosy blankets are all provided. Loud baby noises encouraged!

CAPTIONED: We offer captioning to mobile phones via the Difference Engine app, from Talking Birds. This displays the actors’ words as they speak. Captioning may be useful for those hard of hearing, or those who speak English as a second language. Read along as you watch. Download the free app from the App Store or Google Play, or find more info via the Difference Engine website.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN: With money being one of the biggest barriers to accessing theatre, we offer Pay What You Can performances for every show running for 1 week or more. These are usually on a Saturday matinee (except during our Christmas show) at 3pm. You can purchase a ticket from 50p up to full price. There are also a number of other discount options available.

Facilities

Getting to the theatre

  • Access to Theatre503 foyer is via a flight of stairs (22 steps) 
  • Access to the theatre is via a further flight of stairs (11 steps) or 5 additional steps, if accessing via the backstage corridor entrance. There is also a step down into the front row
  • WCs are located in our first floor foyer (2 additional steps to access)
  • There are currently no disabled access toilets on site or lift access
  • Please also note that Theatre503 is housed above a pub; The Latchmere.

Toilets

We have a gender neutral W/C, with 2 toilets, and a separate room for urinals. We currently don’t have an accessible W/C.

Early Access

Need some extra time to familiarise yourself or get settled in the auditorium? We provide early access into the theatre for those who like to avoid a sometimes crowded and rushed entrance. Please call us on 020 7978 7040 to discuss in more detail, as our foyer also doubles as our office – so we can make suitable preparations.

Trigger Warnings

Please ring the theatre on 020 7978 7040 to discuss any potential trigger warnings and we’ll be happy to discuss the content of the show. Please note, due to the nature of our shows being new writing, these triggers can sometimes not be apparent until the performances begin their run.

Scripts

If it is helpful for you to read the script whilst watching the performance, and you are unable to attend the Captioned performance, please get in contact so we can arrange to send you a copy of the script where possible.

Access Companion

Access companions can find a place to relax in our foyer if they don’t want to take advantage of their free ticket. There is access to tea, coffee, and wifi.

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