In a dark area, a captioner wearing headphones sits by a screens used for a captioned performance, watching the performance on one screen and typing on the other

ACCESS.

This page details access provisions for Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people

We are here to ensure that everyone can access our information, our building and our services and engage with what we do. You can use this page to do the following things:

A separate page lists all of our upcoming access performances.

ACCESS SCHEME

Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people are encouraged to join our scheme so that we may assist them in finding suitable seating, and ensure that ticket prices are adjusted to reflect their requirements. This scheme aims to assist you in booking tickets and helping us to understand your specific needs.

Join our Access Scheme

FOR DEAF PEOPLE OR THOSE WITH HEARING LOSS

Hearing dogs are welcome to Shakespeare’s Globe. During a tour of the building, hearing dogs should stay with their owners. We suggest that for performances, hearing dogs are cared for by our stewards. Please let us know in advance if you wish to bring a dog to a performance.

Induction loops are installed in both our theatres, at the Box Office and the guided tour admissions. Hearing aids should be turned to the ‘T’ or ‘3’ position to access the loops. The loop in the Globe Theatre is best picked up in the Lower Gallery and may be affected by the climate.

A small number of hearing enhancers are available from the Welcome Desk in the main foyer.

BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES

During sign language interpreted performances, the interpreter will stand downstage right.

Details of who is interpreting each performance will be listed on each event page.

When browsing lists of performance dates online or in print, look out for the letters BSL which will indicate a sign language interpreted performance. You can also see all upcoming signed performances on one page.

A woman stands on stage and uses her hands to sign a performance in the Globe Theatre

Pictured: A woman stands on the outdoor wooden stage of the Globe Theatre and uses her hands to sign a performance to the audience.

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES

In the Globe Theatre, open captioning units are used for captioned performances.

Seats with the best views of the units will be marked on the website and Box Office staff can advise patrons further when booking by phone or in person.

In the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, individual tablets are used for captioning.

When browsing lists of performance dates online or in print, look out for the letters CAP which will indicate a captioned performance. You can also see all upcoming captioned performances on one page.

FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE

A copy of the brochure is available in large print and high contrast is available on request.

Guide dogs are welcome to Shakespeare’s Globe. During a tour of the building, guide dogs should stay with their owners. We suggest that for performances, guide dogs are cared for by our stewards. Please let us know in advance if you wish to bring a dog to a performance.

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES

Touch Tours are available before audio described performances. Please contact us for details. Guide dogs, companions, family and friends are welcome on Touch Tours.

Audio description is provided via headsets.

Pre-show notes will be given via the headsets 15 minutes before the show is due to begin.

When browsing lists of performance dates online or in print, look out for the letters AD which will indicate an audio described performance. You can also see all upcoming audio described performances on one page.

In an indoor wooden playhouse, an actor wearing an Elizabethan costume guides two people through touching props on a wooden table

Pictured: In an indoor wooden playhouse, an actor wearing an Elizabethan costume guides two people through touching props on a wooden table.

WHEELCHAIR USERS

Both of our theatres are wheelchair accessible.

Wheelchair user position tickets can be purchased online or by telephone in the same way as other tickets. Unfortunately, we may not be able to accommodate you if an unsuitable ticket has been purchased.

Guided Tours of the Globe Theatre are wheelchair accessible.

VIDEO: ACCESSING SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE

In this video, which is 4 minutes and 51 seconds long, actor and writer David Proud demonstrates how disabled patrons can access the Shakespeare’s Globe site.

PARKING

Two parking spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Spaces may be booked via the Box Office or the Access Information Line.

RELAXED PERFORMANCES

Relaxed performances embrace the democratic nature of our theatres. During these performances, we take a more relaxed view of Front of House etiquette, including an open-door policy so that patrons can come and go as they please. We offer familiarisation visits for patrons who benefit from seeing the theatres before the day of the performance.

A visual story will be available to download from our production web page near the time to each relaxed performance. The visual story includes information about the production and your visit to our site.

There are ear defenders available in different sizes to borrow from the Welcome Desk in the main foyer

When browsing lists of performance dates online or in print, look out for the letter R which will indicate a relaxed performance. You can also see all upcoming relaxed performances on one page.

MENTAL HEALTH

Some mental health conditions can make it difficult for people to attend performances, take part in our activities or join our tours.

If, for whatever reason, you feel that there is something we can do to make your visit to Shakespeare’s Globe easier, please let us know.

CONTACT US

A dedicated access line operates from 10.00am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, offering advice on specialised services for disabled people at Shakespeare’s Globe.

We believe that equal access can only be achieved with your input, so please contact us if you feel there is anything we can do to improve your visit, or if you would like to discuss your access requirements for courses, workshops or events.

Call the access line on +44 (0)20 7902 1409 or you can email the access team on [email protected] and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

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