The Abbey auditorium is accessed via the foyer with no intervening steps. There are two spaces available for wheelchair users, these are located at either end of row H.
The bar upstairs is not wheelchair accessible. There is a coffee bar located on the ground floor in the foyer. Our front of house team can arrange pre-show or interval drinks downstairs on request.
This is partially accessible for wheelchair users. The auditorium is located at basement level and an elevator is available. The lift (1,000mm wide x 1,400mm deep) is at the top stairs inside the main entrance.
There are two wheelchair accessible spaces with adjacent companion seats situated to the left of the auditorium. These can be accessed via a ramp with an automated door. This measures 785mm when open.
The Café is fully accessible for wheelchair users.
One partially accessible wheelchair toilet is located in the Abbey foyer.
One wheelchair accessible toilet is located in the Peacock foyer, to the left of the exit from the lift.
Working with Arts and Disability Ireland and with funding from the Arts Council, we aim to offer the widest possible range of services for visitors with disabilities.
We are always seeking to improve these services and welcome your suggestions and feedback.
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We offer a range of services for deaf and disabled visitors including signed, audio-described and captioned performances. Seats are reserved so please specify that you’re attending an assisted performance when booking.
During captioned performances, the actors’ words appear as text on two screens placed near the stage. If you are familiar with TV subtitling you will find it easy to follow.
Audio description is a live verbal commentary providing information on the visual elements of the production. It is delivered via an infra-red loop system during the quieter moments of the performance. Headsets are available free of charge and can be collected from Box Office.
Blind or visually impaired patrons have access to the stage and set before a matinee performance to explore the geography of the space and to handle selected props, costumes and furniture. Touch Tours usually last about 30 minutes.
Sign Language Interpreted
Irish Sign Language interpreted performances are programmed for both the Abbey and Peacock Stages.
If you are availing of our assisted services, you are entitled to a discounted ticket rate. Discounted rates are also available to patrons with a disability or special seating requirement.
Captioned and audio described performances are provided by Arts and Disability Ireland with funding from the Arts Council.
Criteria for Irish Sign Language (ISL) Interpreter panel inclusion:
- Our panel of ISL Interpreters have a comprehensive knowledge and proven experience of interpretation for theatre. CDS Qualified/R1 Fully Accredited or Equivalent Qualification is required.
- They are committed to the highest standard of interpretation conveying the in-depth preparation necessary for theatre-interpreting.
- Available on a rotational basis for interpreting of productions on the Abbey and Peacock Stages ranging from 60-180 minutes.
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Rathmines Road Thursday 25 October, 8:00pm Sign language interpreted performance
DruidShakespeare: Richard III Saturday 27 October, 2:00pm Audio-described and captioned performance
Asking for It Thursday 22 November, 7:30pm Sign language interpreted performance
Asking for It Saturday 24 November, 2:00pm Audio-described and captioned performance
Come From Away Thursday 17 January, 7:30pm Sign language interpreted performance
Come From Away Saturday 19 January, 2:00pm Audio-described and captioned performance