Access

We warmly welcome all customers to Curve and offer a range of access performances and services to ensure you have an enjoyable time with us. On this page you will find further information about our theatre, Access Register, upcoming access performances and more.

If you would like to read this page in an alternative font, colour, format or language, or have it read aloud by a screen reader, please launch the Recite Me assistive toolbar by clicking the pink ‘Audio Visual Help’ button in the bottom right corner of your screen.

We hope you find all the information you are looking for on this page, but if you have a specific question about your visit that isn’t covered here, please e-mail us on [email protected].

HOW TO BOOK
Whilst our Box Office is closed for in-person bookings, access customers may reserve seats for upcoming performances by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone on 0116 242 3595. Our team will be happy to discuss your booking, and any requirements you may have. Customers requiring the support of an Essential Carer during their visit may also request a complimentary ticket at this address.

The Box Office is open 10am – 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Access Performances

We are proud to offer a programme of accessible performances throughout the year, including: Captioned Performances; Signed Performances (British Sign Language); Audio Described Performances with Touch Tours; Dementia Friendly Performances and Relaxed Performances.

Click the relevant tab below to find out more about each type of performance, and upcoming performance dates.

Production image from West Side Story. The company dance in couples on a darkly lit stage adorned with USA flag bunting. The image is taken from above.

Captioned Performances

At Captioned performances, the actors’ spoken words are converted into visible text via display screens on stage.

Production image from My Beautiful Laundrette. Johnny Fines as Jonny and Omar Malik as Omar splash each other with water from a drink on a darkly lit stage. A neon Powders sign is in the background.

Signed Performances (BSL)

Signed performances are presented with British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation, delivered by an interpreter on stage.

Production image from Giraffes Can't Dance. The Beetles and Cricket dance with Gerald on a yellow-toned set styled as a Savannah at dusk.

Audio Described Performances with Touch Tours

Audio-described performances feature live, verbal commentary on key visual aspects of the show for audience members who are Blind or partially sighted.

Production image from Scrooge. The company exclaim to the audience during a raucous pub scene on a darkly lit stage

Dementia Friendly Performances

Dementia Friendly Performances are thoughtfully tailored to support audience members living with Dementia, their families and carers, including small changes to the show and the theatre space.

Production image from The Cat in the Hat. Sally, Fish, Cat and Boy exclaim as Thing 1 and Thing 2 appear from a red crate.

Relaxed Performances

Relaxed Performances are open to anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, and include a number of adaptations to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable environment for everyone.

Production image from The Color Purple. The company dance in pairs on a purple and blue toned stage, with a golden curtain in the background.

Other Services

Explore other ways that we can support your visit here, from wheelchair spaces to assisted listening systems.

 

ACCESS REGISTER

Our Access Register is designed to assist customers with additional needs. We store information on your personal requirements so that you don’t need to resubmit documentation each time you book. Once registered, you will be eligible for a free essential carer ticket with the standard ticket you purchase for each show.

To support your application, we politely ask you to provide a photocopy of one of the documents listed below by email at [email protected]. The document you choose to submit should ideally be the most recent copy, dated within the last 18 months:

  • Middle or higher rate component of Disability Living Allowance
  • Higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • Certificate of visual impairment
  • A letter from a Doctor, Hospital or Care Home confirming that a patron requires assistance when attending the theatre
  • Higher care component of attendance allowance (disability living allowance for patrons over 60)
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • De Montfort Hall 241 Carer scheme card
  • Access or Nimbus card
  • WPMS (War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement)

This list is subject to change in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Department for Work and Pensions. Curve reserves the right to refuse concessionary tickets where it deems necessary. All seating and accessibility requirements are subject to availability.

JOIN THE REGISTER
To join our Access Register, please complete our online registration form at the link below (hosted on SurveyMonkey). Once you have completed the form, please send your supporting documentation to us via e-mail at [email protected]

SOCIALLY DISTANCED SEASON ACCESS SEATING PLAN

AN INTRODUCTION TO CURVE

Image of the exterior of Curve during the day.

Entrances

Curve is a large, round building with a glass front.

During our Socially Distanced Season, there there are two routes into the building – the Blue Route and Red Route. Your designated route will be detailed on your e-ticket, together with your entry door  and seating row and number.

We use what3words to make our venue more accessible. The exact location of our Blue Route entrance can be found at ///wide.wiping.dared, on Halford Street, whilst our Red Route entrance can be found at ///plan.pint.blows, through a gate between the NCP Rutland Centre Car Park and Curve. Please note there may be a small queue during your arrival to enable us to welcome audiences into the building safely.

There is level access into the Foyer from both entrances.

Part of Curve's public foyer. A large red wall with a black skirting board and doors is adorned with production pictures. here is a large screen in the distance and audience members are walking within the image.

Foyer

Upon entering the building, you will be asked to check in using the NHS Test and Trace QR code, or complete a self-declaration form, before being directed into the Foyer.

Our Foyer is one big circle which goes around our two performance spaces – the Theatre and the Studio. As you walk around our Foyer, you will notice lots of large pictures on the big red walls. This is our Production Gallery, and features pictures from previous productions here at Curve.

During our Socially Distanced Season, you will only be able to access the Red Route or Blue Route detailed on your ticket. Please also follow the one-way system that is currently in place inside the building.

Accessible & Changing Places Toilets

You can find toilets on all levels of the building. On the ground floor (Stalls level), male, female and accessible toilets are located between our Stage Door Reception and Box Office (Red Route), and close to our café (Blue Route). There are two more accessible toilets, one by Theatre Door 3 and one by Theatre Door 4. The R.A.D.A.R. key is available at the Green Room Café.

The accessible toilet by Theatre Door 4 is also a Changing Places Toilet, with adult changing table and assistive hoist. If you are seated in the Blue Route and would like to use this facility, please speak to a member of our Visitor Experience Team.

On the Mezzanine (Circle), Level 1 and Level 2, male, female and accessible toilets are located near the stairwell, over the bridge from the Theatre.

Image of audience member entering through Theatre Door 3, which is set in a red alcove. The public lift is pictured to its left, and stairwell to the right.

Accessing the Circle & Upper Floors

To get to the Circle, Level 1 or Level 2, you can either use the stairs located next to our Stage Door Reception, Theatre Door 3 or Theatre Door 4, or take the lift by Theatre Door 3 (select ‘M’ for Circle Level, and 1 or 2 for upper floors).