Accessibility

The Abbey Theatre offers a range of access performances and services for deaf, visually impaired and disabled visitors.

Captioned performances for deaf or partially hearing visitors

This involves two screens placed near the stage displaying text. Visitors used to using TV text subtitling will find a captioned performance easy to follow.

For all performances we have an infra-red loop system for visitors using hearing aids. Box Office staff will advise on best areas of the auditorium for reception. Headsets are free and are available from the Box Office, but please reserve at time of booking.

Blind and visually impaired visitors

Audio-description relays a live commentary of the visual elements via the infra-red loop system to individual headsets. A detailed set of programme notes is also available in advance.

For full details of our assisted performances and access ticket discounts, available to patrons with a disability, visit the Engage & Learn section of our site.

General Access

Our front of house and box office staff are on hand to assist you in any way, at the time of booking and during your visit to the Abbey.

Abbey Stage
There are two spaces available for wheelchair users in the Abbey auditorium. These are located at either end of Row H. These seats are accessible directly from the foyer with no intervening steps. There is a partially accessible wheelchair toilet located in the Abbey foyer. The nearest fully wheelchair accessible toilet is located in the Peacock foyer, accessed by lift.

While there is a coffee bar on the ground floor of the Abbey foyer, the lounge upstairs is not wheelchair accessible. However a member of our front of house team can arrange pre-show or interval drinks for consumption downstairs in the Abbey foyer on request.

Patrons can collect their tickets at the Abbey box office located in the foyer or tickets may be posted on request.

Peacock Stage
The Peacock auditorium is partially accessible for wheelchair users. Given the Peacock stage is located at basement level, we have installed a lift for the use of patrons in need of wheelchair access. The lift can be accessed at the main entrance to the Peacock auditorium, just to the left of the stairs. The dimensions of the lift car are 1,000mm wide x 1,400mm deep, and the lift is dual aspect; i.e. wheelchair users can both enter and exit the lift in forward motion. There is a wheelchair accessible toilet located in the Peacock foyer at basement level, to the left of the exit from the lift.
There are two wheelchair accessible spaces with adjacent companion seats located in the loge area, just to the left of the main entrance to the Peacock auditorium. The loge area is accessed by ramp; through an automated door which when open measures 785mm.
If you would like to reserve a table at the Peacock bar, please let a member of staff know at the time of booking.
Patrons can collect their tickets at the Peacock box office, located to the right of the exit from the lift or tickets may be posted on request.

Disability Access Pricing
• Preview performances are priced from €13 /companion €13
• Monday to Friday and Saturday Matinee performances from €15/companion €15
• Saturday evening performances from €18/companion €18

Please contact box office on (01) 8787222 for further information or to make a booking. Alternatively you can email visitorservices@abbeytheatre.ie.

Parking
The nearest and most convenient parking facilities are at Irish Life Car Park on Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1. There are four wheelchair spaces available and these are located through the entrance barriers, turn right and right again and they are next to the lift. For more information please contact Irish Life directly on (01) 704 2000.

We welcome your feedback
Working with Arts and Disability Ireland and with funding from the Arts Council, the Abbey aims to offer the widest possible range of services for disabled visitors. At the Abbey we are always seeking to improve these services and would welcome your suggestions and feedback. Please contact Lisa Farrelly, Community and Education Department on (01) 88 72 216 or lisa.farrelly@abbeytheatre.ie.

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