Access to Theatre503 is above a pub in a listed building, up several flights of stairs and as the venue currently stands, we recognise that we are not able to accommodate particular access needs. By the time our 503Studio in Nine Elms opens in 2023 we intend to have greatly improved on our accessibility, including: a year-round integrated programme of accessible performances, physically accessible performance spaces both above the Latchmere pub at our new 503Studio in Nine Elms, a year-round live-stream programme and a continued online 503Studio programme.
Please see below for the steps we are currently taking in order to improve accessibility to performances at Theatre503.
As a small organisation, we can be more responsive to individual needs. 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 email@example.com.
Please do feel free to flag down a Theatre503 team member or one of our Front of House volunteers if you need assistance during any of our performances. If you have particular needs, you may wish to attend one of our tailored performances.
We offer one relaxed performance, one captioned performance and one parent & baby performance for each of our 3-4 week productions. We are also looking to programme some performances in which the audience will be socially distanced. Information for dates and times of these tailored performances are listed on each shows page on our website.
RELAXED: These performances run with a more relaxed attitude towards noise levels and movement around the space. House lights are left up at a low level with audience free to exit and re-enter as required. Sound levels are reduced and any strobe / ‘flashing light’ effects or sudden movements will be omitted.
PARENT & BABY: These performances exclude strobe, flashing lights and sudden loud sound effects. Audience members are free to move around, leave and re-enter the space as they need. A pram park, relaxing foyer music and cosy blankets are all provided.
CAPTIONED: We offer captioning to mobile phones via the Difference Engine app, from Talking Birds. This displays the actors’ words as they speak. We hope this will be useful for those who are D/deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and/or those who speak English as a second language. Read along as you watch by downloading the free app from the App Store or Google Play,For more information, please go to the Difference Engine website.
PAY WHAT YOU CAN: For every show that runs for 1 week or more at Theatre503, we offer a certain number of Pay What You Can performances. These are usually on Saturday afternoons at 3pm (with the exception of our Christmas show). You can purchase a ticket from 50p up to full price. There are also a number of other discount options available – please see each individual production’s page on our website for more specific information about these performances.
SOCIALLY DISTANCED: During society’s transition back to life without social distancing measures in place, we will be offering the option of booking a socially distanced performance for our Autumn productions of FOXES and MILK & GALL, for those audience members who would prefer to attend a performance at reduced capacity.
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.
If you need some extra time to familiarise yourself or get settled in the auditorium, please do get in touch as we may be able to provide early access into the theatre for those who like to avoid a sometimes crowded and rushed entrance. This is dependent on the production and will need to be assessed on an individual basis, so please do get in touch.
Please get in touch 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.
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.
Although we do offer free tickets for access companions, if they don’t wish to watch the show themselves they are welcome to relax in our foyer where they will have access to tea, coffee and Wi-Fi. We also welcome guide dogs and assistance dogs as access companions in the auditorium where needed.