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At GSC we believe that experience of live theatre should be accessible to all.

However, as a site-responsive theatre company using unique, non-theatre venues, (such as churches, gardens, castles, etc.), these locations may not have always been intended for theatre performances and their audiences.

Nevertheless we will always seek to ensure our productions are as accessible, and as welcoming, as possible.

Specific details for each of our Summer venues can be found below, whilst the list on the right provides more general information.


Racks Close - A Midsummer Night's Dream

off Quarry Street, Guildford, GU1 3XZ 

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Racks Close is a former chalk quarry. The area is entirely grassed. There are some slopes and the terrain may be uneven in places.

WHEELCHAIRS AT RACKS CLOSE: Racks Close does not contain any steps/stairs, however being a former chalk quarry there are a couple of steep grassy slopes. Therefore we would recommend that you visit the venue beforehand to check whether it is completely accessible for your particular needs.

Please note: Because of the promenade nature of the performance and the areas of the venue being used, audiences will not be able to access the main seating area until the performance has started. The Bar and Box Office will be open 45 mins before the start time for you to collect tickets and to purchase refreshments.

The venue will open for picnicking at 6.15pm for evening performances and 1.15pm for matinees.

These pages of photographs will show you the areas being used

Please call the Box Office should you have any further questions or requirements on 01483 304384


University of Law - The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Portsmouth Road, Guildford, GU3 1HA 

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The gardens are fully accessible. Please let our Box Office know if you require access for wheelchairs or mobility scooters as there is a different route to the performance area, which our volunteers will able to assist you with.

There are 5 shallows steps onto the lawn, and a small step into the toilets building.

The gates will open for picnicking at 6.15pm for evening performances and 1.15pm for matinees.

Please call the Box Office should you have any further questions on 01483 304384


Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters

Please register your need for wheelchair or mobility scooter access at the time of booking, so that we can fully assist you. This can be online at the time of booking or over the phone.

If you require a Carer to attend with you please see the information below.

Whilst seating is unreserved, we aim to accommodate requests for specific seating wherever possible. Please ask at the time of booking.

Concession price tickets are available for patrons who are registered disabled. Registered disabled patrons who are unable to attend without a carer will automatically be offered a complimentary ticket for their carer. This is only applicable to bookings made over the phone.

To enable us to best cater for your needs call the Box Office on 01483 304384 in advance to discuss your booking and we will do our very best to help.

GSC Volunteers are on hand at every performance to help patrons get to and from their seats.

Also see specific venue information above.

Assistance Dogs
Hearing and guide dogs are welcome at all performances. Please note that performances can involve loud noises.
 
Vision & Hearing Impairment
We regret we cannot yet provide a hearing induction loop or BSL performances at our productions. We are investigating this for the future.

However, please do contact the Box Office and we may able to help by arranging to seat you closer to the stage/action.

Wherever possible we do offer Audio Described performances - see below.

Relaxed Performances

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Sat 17 June, 2.30pm

A relaxed performance is open to everyone and is intended specifically to be sensitive to and accepting of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) those with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, anyone with sensory and communication disorders or learning disabled people. Babes-in-arms and small children are also welcome. This means that there is a more casual approach to front-of-house etiquette and we ask audience members to be aware of people's needs to move or make involuntary noise. If you have any questions please contact us at info@guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk

Audio Described Performances

THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA

Sat 29 July, 2.30pm (Touch tour from 1.15pm) FREE

Our popular audio described performances for the blind and visually impaired continue. Infra-red headsets provide a private live commentary of the onstage action whilst the dialogue continues live simultaneously. A free touch tour before the before the performance gives patrons a chance to experience the set, handle props and costumes. Booking essential. Audio Description by Kerry Elkins.