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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 two main entrances into the building, which have a set of glass double doors that open outwards automatically.
We use what3words to make our venue more accessible. The exact location of our Halford Street entrance (close to our Green Room Café) can be found at ///wide.wiping.dared, whilst our Rutland Street entrance (close to our Box Office) can be found at ///driver.other.ideal.
There is level access to the Foyer from both entrances.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Relaxed Performances are open to everyone, but are especially tailored to support audiences with additional needs who may benefit from a more relaxed performance environment. This can include children, young people and adults with neurodivergence such as autism, learning difficulties and other sensory or communication needs.
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.
The above seating plan details our recommended seating for access performances here at Curve, and other access needs.
If you have any questions about this seating plan, or if you would like to book a wheelchair space or transfer seat, please contact our Box Office by calling 0116 242 3595, by email on [email protected] or in person at Curve.
Braille Spring 2020 Brochure
Now available at Box Office.
Audio Spring 2020 Brochure