At Theatre Royal Stratford East, we’re committed to our local community and to making the theatre accessible to everybody.

The theatre has a spacious foyer and a wheelchair-accessible box office and toilets. There are six wheelchair spaces in the auditorium and lifts to the upper level.

Assistance dogs are welcome in the auditorium. Please inform Box Office when you book.

The theatre has a Sennheiser tourguide system for people who are hard of hearing.

Captioning is similar to television subtitling and gives deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing people access to live performances. We offer a captioned performance for most shows, usually on the final Friday of a show’s run, but please check before you book.

Audio description is a live verbal commentary via headphones on the visual elements of a production as it unfolds for blind and partially-sighted people. We offer an audio described performance for most shows, usually on the final Saturday matinee of a show’s run, but please check before you book.

One hour before an audio-described performance, blind and partially sighted patrons are invited to interact with the set, costumes and props and gain a detailed description of what’s on stage. Book your space in advance.

We offer a sign language interpreted performance for D/deaf British Sign Language Users for most shows, usually on the final Thursday of a show’s run, but please check before you book.

Relaxed performances are open to everyone, but the show has been specifically adapted for people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, learning disabilities and anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment. These performances allow movement in and out of the auditorium and there is less emphasis on the audience being quiet during the performance.

We aim to offer a relaxed performance for most shows, dates and times for this vary. Visual stories are available in advance for relaxed performances which give an indication of a show’s main plot points for those who may find this information useful.

We want everyone to be able to access performances at Theatre Royal Stratford East. If you identify as disabled and can’t attend a show without the support of a companion or carer, we can offer you a companion ticket free of charge to make it easier for you to see a show. Companion tickets are not available online. Please call the box office on 020 8534 0310 or email to book your tickets.

Upcoming access performances

is an immersive virtual reality theatre experience and incorporates creative captioning and is suitable for deaf audiences. The show contains flashing images, loud music and moments of darkness. It may not be suitable for audiences with sensory disorders or people with an autism spectrum disorder. If you have any access-related questions or queries, then please contact

BSL-interpreted performance - Thu 16 Dec, 7pm
Captioned performance - Fri 17 Dec, 7pm
Audio Described performance - Sat 18 Dec, 2pm (touch tour, 1pm)
Relaxed performance - Sat 08 Jan, 12pm

If you would like to join our access mailing list, please email your details to: and you will be the first to hear of newly scheduled performances and of any accessible events or tours we are hosting. For further information on all of our access facilities, contact the Box Office Manager, Angela Frost 020 8534 0310 or email

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