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We warmly welcome customers with all disabilities requiring particular assistance. This page details the Access Performances that we offer here at Curve, plus useful information about our venue and how to join our Access Register scheme.
Curve is a large, round building with a glass front. There are three main entrances into the building – one by our Green Room Café (Halford Street), another by our Stage Door Bar (Rutland Street) and the third is in the middle of the two (Southampton Street).
Our Foyer is one big circle which goes around our two performance spaces – the Theatre and the Studio – so it’s easy to find your way around.
As you walk around our Foyer, you will also notice lots of large pictures on the big red walls. This is our Production Gallery, and features pictures from previous productions here at Curve. You can pick up a gallery guide from the leaflet racks around the building to learn more about the shows included in this exhibition.
Just off the Foyer inside the Rutland Street doors, you will find our Box Office. You can collect your tickets for the show here if you haven’t already printed them, and this is also the place to validate your car parking ticket at a reduced rate of £5.50* (if you have parked in the NCP Rutland Centre Car Park).
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 and close to our café. 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 Door 4 is also a Changing Places Toilet, which has an adult changing table and assistive hoist.
On the Mezzanine (Circle), Level 1 and Level 2, male, female and accessible toilets are located near the stairwell.
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, Door 3 or Door 4, or take the lift by Door 3 (select ‘M’ for Circle Level, and 1 or 2 for upper floors).
We are proud to offer a programme of accessible performances throughout the year, enabling customers with all disabilities requiring particular assistance to access the work on our stages. Our Access Performances include: Captioned Performances; BSL Signed Performances; Audio Described Performances & 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.
Captioned Performances see spoken words or songs converted into visible text as they are delivered, via a display screen on stage. Our Box Office team can advise on the best seats for viewing the captions.
West Side Story (Musical) • Wed 18 Dec, 2.15pm & Thu 2 Jan, 7.30pm
Giraffes Can’t Dance (Family) • Sat 21 Dec, 10.30am
The Phantom of the Opera (Musical) • Tue 17 Mar, 7.30pm
I Think We Are Alone (Drama) • Sat 28 Mar, 2.15pm
Sister Act (Musical) • Tue 28 Apr, 7.30pm
A Monster Calls (Drama) • Sat 30 May, 2.15pm
We were delighted to work with Talking Birds Theatre Company to bring The Difference Engine to Curve, enabling us to offer Captioned Performances across several shows at this year’s New Work Festival.
The Difference Engine is an innovative tool created by Talking Birds to help make performances accessible for as many people as possible. It enables audience members to receive captions on their own mobile devices – such as smartphones and tablets – via a free app available to download on both the App Store (for iOS 7.1 and above) and Google Play Store.
For more details about The Difference Engine, including tips for downloading and using the app, please click here.
Find out more about The Difference Engine at talkingbirds.co.uk/DE.
Signed Performances are presented with British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation. The signer will be positioned on one side of the stage, and our Box Office team can advise on the best seats for viewing the interpretation.
West Side Story (Musical) • Thu 12 Dec, 7.30pm
Giraffes Can’t Dance (Family) • Sat 14 Dec, 4.30pm
The Phantom of the Opera (Musical) • Thu 19 Mar, 7.30pm
I Think We Are Alone (Drama) • Fri 27 Mar, 7.30pm
Sister Act • Fri 1 May, 7.30pm
A Monster Calls (Drama) • Thu 28 May, 7.30pm
The Kite Runner • Fri 26 Jun, 7.30pm
During Audio Described Performances, key visual aspects of the show are described live via a headset, which can be reserved in advance via the Box Office and collected prior to the performance.
West Side Story (Musical) • Sat 14 Dec, 2.15pm & Sat 28 Dec, 7.30pm
Giraffes Can’t Dance (Family) • Sat 28 Dec, 4.30pm
The Phantom of the Opera (Musical) • Thu 19 Mar, 7.30pm
I Think We Are Alone (Drama) • Sat 28 Mar, 7.30pm
Northern Ballet: Cinderella (Dance) • Sat 4 Apr, 2.30pm
Sister Act (Musical) • Sat 2 May, 2.15pm
Six (Musical) • Wed 10 Jun, 8pm
Once (Musical) • Mon 15 – Sat 20 Jun
All performances of Once will feature audio description.
An accompaniment to Audio Described Performances, Touch Tours are a tactile tour of the stage allowing audience members greater access to the performance. Tours usually take place 90 minutes (or earlier) prior to the start of an Audio Described Performance. The timings below are the start times of the Touch Tours, and places on these tours should be booked in advance via the Box Office.
West Side Story (Musical) • Sat 14 Dec, 12.45pm & Sat 28 Dec, 6pm
Giraffes Can’t Dance (Family) • Sat 28 Dec, 3pm
The Phantom of the Opera (Musical) • Thu 19 Mar, 6.30pm
I Think We Are Alone (Drama) • Sat 28 Mar, 6pm
Northern Ballet: Cinderella (Dance) • Sat 4 Apr, 12 noon
Click here to listen to the audio advert for Cinderella.
Sister Act (Musical) • Sat 2 May, 12.45pm
Six (Musical) • Wed 10 Jun, 5.30pm
Dementia Friendly Performances are tailored to meet the specific needs of people living with Dementia. They include adaptations to the show, clearer visual markers and signage in the physical environment, and a relaxed attitude to movement and audience responses during the show.
West Side Story (Musical) • Wed 8 Jan, 2.15pm
Relaxed Performances are tailored to and aimed at anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment. The atmosphere in the auditorium will be relaxed, with audience members free to come and go as they please, or to make noise if they would like to.
Giraffes Can’t Dance (Family) • Sat 28 Dec, 10.30am
West Side Story (Musical) • Sat 4 Jan, 2.15pm
If you would benefit from support from an Essential Carer during your visit to us, you may be eligible for a free Essential Carer ticket* with each standard ticket that you book for a performance. To access the concession, we recommend joining our Access Register Scheme so that you don’t need to resubmit evidence each time you book, and more details about this can be found below.
*Proof of eligibility is required – click here for more details.
All of our public spaces are accessible to wheelchair users, including lift access to the Circle level. We have allocated wheelchair spaces for every performances, both in the Theatre and Studio. If you wish to transfer to a theatre seat, we can store your wheelchair during the performance.
Dog spaces are available upon request; please let us know during the booking process and a seat next to the aisle will be reserved for you. Alternatively, a member of our Visitor Experience Team will care for your dog during the performance, and drinking water can be provided.
Accessible parking is available on Southampton Street and in the NCP Rutland Centre Car Park adjacent to Curve – please visit our Getting Here page for other accessible parking options. We also have a drop-off point on Rutland Street.
Infra-red & Induction Loop Hearing Systems
Available in both the Theatre and Studio – please visit the Box Office for a headset.
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 evidence 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 join our Access Register, please download and complete the form below, and return it with relevant documentation via:
Email | [email protected]
Post | Curve, 60 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB
You can also join the Register by contacting our Box Office by telephone on 0116 242 3595.
Braille Spring 2020 Brochure
Now available at Box Office.
Audio Spring 2020 Brochure
In 2019 we will be made some exciting changes to our theatre, improving our accessibility provision.
Firstly, with capital grant funding from Leicester City Council, we have added an additional 67 seats to our theatre space, taking the seating capacity to 969. As part of this, we now have five permanent wheelchair spaces in the stalls each with companion seats. This takes us to six permanent wheelchair spaces (including the 1 space already existing in the Circle).
In addition, there are also eight seats in the Stall with transfer arms for those who are able to transfer from their wheelchair to a seat.
Wheelchair spaces and transfer seats can be booked through Box Office by calling 0116 242 3595 or emailing [email protected].