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Accessible performances

We work hard to ensure there are shows that are accessible to everyone, every season.

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What we offer

At the Unicorn we strive to offer shows that are accessible to everyone.

'The Unicorn Theatre is absolutely brilliant at making theatre accessible to as many young people as possible' WhatsOnStage

Relaxed Performances

A relaxed performance is open to anyone but is particularly suitable to support those on the autistic spectrum or have additional needs. 

A visual story will be made available ahead of your visit. You can download visual stories for The Velveteen Rabbit (PDF 3.2MB) and Jeramee, Hartleby & Oooglemore (PDF 2.6MB) to get a feel for what they are like. We aim to have the pack ready around a week before the Relaxed Performance date.

Integrated Sign-Language Performances (ISIP)

A BSL interpreter performs on stage with the actors, right in the heart of the action.

Live Audio Description and pre-show touch tours

Our optional pre-show touch tours allow audience members to familiarise themselves with the set, props and the sounds used in the production. - please contact our Box Office team on 020 7645 0560 to book.

Click here for a full description and introduction to The Velveteen Rabbit (PDF, 113KB)

Live Captioning

Live captioning assists those who have hearing impairments or would benefit from reading the dialogue alongside the action.

Deaf Friendly Shows

Shows that are highly visual with little or no language used therefore suitable for deaf or hard of hearing audience members. 

About your visit

If you have any queries about our shows or our accessible performances, please call the Box Office on 020 7645 0560 or email access@unicorntheatre.com.

How to book

Tickets can be booked online via the Box Office. Prices range from £10 - £24 depending on the show.Accessible performances also have an Access User ticket price so that we know you will be using the service and, in some cases, will be able to pay at a lower rate (access tickets are not charged at the top price for audio described, ISIP and captioned performances). Free companion tickets are also available.There is wheelchair access throughout the building and a wheelchair accessible lift to all floors. Wheelchair spaces in the theatre can be booked by phone. 

Assistance dogs are welcome – please let Box Office know ahead of your visit if you will be bringing an assistance dog to the theatre. There is an infra-red Sennheiser system in both theatre spaces for sound amplification. Headsets are available and can be booked in advance (as part of the online booking process or by phone) or can be requested at the Box Office on the day.A number of our performances are Deaf Friendly - this means the show will be highly visual with little or no language used. 

Access Assistants to welcome you

For Audio Described and Relaxed performances there will be a trained staff member front of house who will be on hand to greet you and to ensure you have all the information you need. The access assistant will be present for your entire theatre trip to provide reassurance and a relaxed and supportive atmosphere that allows young people and adults to access theatre shows without the usual restraints of 'theatre rules'. 

Captioned, ISIP and Audio Described performances

Captioned, ISIP and Audio Described performances have designated seats. There is reserved seating for most evening and weekend performances in our Weston Theatre and seating for access users can be identified by hovering over the ‘I’ on the seat when booking online.If you are attending an Audio Described performance you will experience live commentary that will give details of the visual aspects of a production. The commentary will be interspersed with the performers’ dialogue.

Before the show begins you will hear an introduction which gives details of the set, costumes and performers. The commentary will be delivered via radio headsets. These headsets can be collected from Box Office when you arrive.Prior to Audio Described performances, we offer a free Touch Tour, which will take you onto the set of the show you have booked for. During the tour, you will be guided through the important costumes, set and props used in the show. Touch Tours are available to book over the phone. Touch Tours are usually 90 minutes before the start of the performance and take around 40 minutes. 

Relaxed Performances

Relaxed Performances are for families with one or more children with additional needs. They are designed to provide an opportunity for people with autism, learning difficulties or other sensory and communication needs who require a more relaxed environment. During Relaxed Performances we always aim to make adjustments to sound and lighting in keeping with a relaxed environment, provide free support resources called Visual Stories to help your family prepare for the visit or talk about the themes of the show, a ‘chill-out’ room to allow you and your family to have a quiet space before, during and at the end of the performance.

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