ACCESS AND INCLUSION

Everyone is welcome at the Grand and we are committed to making our theatre as accessible as possible. We offer a range of services to aid those who have additional access needs, and aim to develop these services in order to improve the theatre-going experience for all. We are always interested in hearing from our patrons and discussing how else we can be of assistance.

The theatre is a member of Wolverhampton’s Dementia Action Alliance and is a dementia friendly venue. We have been working hard over the last few years to improve our provisions for our customers living with the condition.

We also ask our customers to remember that not all disabilities are visible, so please bear that in mind when visiting our venue and using our facilities.

For more information on all our access services click the links below, or call Remy our Outreach Manager – Access & Inclusion on 01902 42 92 12.

 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

The theatre offers a variety of accessible performances including BSL interpreted, audio described, captioned, relaxed and dementia friendly performances. You can find the full listings of all our access performances below.

We offer free Touch Tours with most of our Audio Described Performances. These usually take place an hour before the performance begins and provide our visually impaired customers with the opportunity to interact with pieces of set, props and costume with the describer. All touch tour spaces must be booked in advance via our Box Office.

You can reserve and purchase tickets for any of our accessible performances via our Box Office, either in person or over the phone on 01902 42 92 12.

UPCOMING ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL

  THURSDAY 21 JAN 2021 7.30PM | BSL PERFORMANCE |

  SATURDAY 23 JAN 2021 2.30PM | AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE |

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EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE

  WEDNESDAY 27 JAN 7.30PM | BSL PERFORMANCE |

  SATURDAY 30 JAN 2.30PM | AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE |

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GROAN UPS

THURSDAY 24 FEB 7.30PM | BSL PERFORMANCE |

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MAMMA MIA

WEDNESDAY 10 MARCH 7.30PM | BSL PERFORMANCE |

SATURDAY 13 MARCH 2.30PM | AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE |

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FOOTLOOSE

THURSDAY 8 APRIL 7.30PM | BSL PERFORMANCE |

SATURDAY 10 APRIL 2.30PM | AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE |

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HAIRSPRAY

WEDNESDAY 21 APRIL 7.30PM | BSL PERFORMANCE |

SATURDAY 24 APRIL 2.30PM | AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE |

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WAITRESS

THURSDAY 26 AUGUST 7.30PM | BSL PERFORMANCE |

SATURDAY 28 AUGUST 2.30PM | AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE |

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SCHOOL OF ROCK

WEDNESDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 7.30PM | BSL PERFORMANCE |

SATURDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2.30PM | AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE |

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CHICAGO

THURSDAY 28 OCTOBER 7.30PM | BSL PERFORMANCE |

SATURDAY 30 OCTOBER 2.30PM | AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE |

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CINDERELLA

  SATURDAY 11 DECEMBER 11AM | RELAXED PERFORMANCE | CAN ONLY BE BOOKED BY CALLING THE BOX OFFICE ON 01902 42 92 12

  WEDNESDAY 15 DECEMBER 2.30PM | BSL PERFORMANCE |

  WEDNESDAY 15 DECEMBER 2.30PM | AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE |

  WEDNESDAY 15 DECEMBER 7PM | BSL PERFORMANCE |

  THURSDAY 6 JANUARY 11AM | RELAXED PERFORMANCE | CAN ONLY BE BOOKED BY CALLING THE BOX OFFICE ON 01902 42 92 12

  SATURDAY 8 JANUARY 2PM | BSL PERFORMANCE |

  SUNDAY 9 JANUARY 1PM | AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE |

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ACCESS REGISTER

The Grand Theatre has an Access Register scheme. The scheme supports patrons with disabilities and additional access requirements, and provides concessions for those patrons and their partners/companions. Joining is FREE and simple! All you need to do is request an application form, complete it and return it to the theatre along with the required supporting documentation. The information provided will ensure we are catering for all our patrons’ needs, as well as making booking tickets a quicker and simpler process.

For organisations such as Care homes or groups, please contact Remy to discuss concessional rates with group bookings.

For an application form please click here or email feedback@grandtheatre.co.uk or contact the Box Office on 01902 42 92 12.

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DEMENTIA FRIENDLY SERVICES

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre is committed to being a dementia friendly venue and we are always expanding and improving provisions for our customers living with dementia. We are proud members of the Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance and we have a large team of staff who are Dementia Friends.

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We believe that everyone should be able to enjoy theatre in an environment that is supportive and comfortable for them. We host Memory Cafes in our Encore Lounge that feature a dementia-friendly morning of professional, theatrical entertainment and refreshments in a supportive environment. The cafes are a fantastic opportunity for those living with dementia to experience the magic of theatre with their loved ones or carers and to interact with people in a similar situation.

Thanks to the generosity and support of our sponsors, the cafes are free to attend however, we do ask our customers to book their free ticket via our Box Office on 01902 42 92 12.

If you have any questions about our Memory Cafes, please email Remy Lloyd (Outreach Manager- Access & Inclusion) on feedback@grandtheatre.co.uk

We arrive with a heavy heart but leave with a huge smile. In a nutshell, it’s like being given a great big hug. Thank you so much to everyone for making this possible, it really is a lifeline.

Gwyn Tingely

We can’t run the theatre or any of our projects without the help of our patrons. If you’d like to make a donation to support us we’d really appreciate your generosity.

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DEMENTIA FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES

We are excited to announce our first dementia-friendly performance will be during the run of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET on Thursday 2nd July at 2.30pm.

The performance will be carefully adapted to ensure that it is suitable for those living with dementia; the volume will be lowered, the house lights will remain on low and the auditorium environment will generally be more relaxed.

To book for this performance, please contact our Box Office on 01909 42 92 12.

Our Access Register provides our customers living with dementia with a free carer/companion ticket. Click here for more information.

 

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ACCESSIBLE FACILITIES

ASSISTIVE HEARING EQUIPMENT

The Grand Theatre operates two hearing systems, both provided by Sennheiser. The first is a radio frequency system that works with our in-house headsets and necklace loops. The second is Mobile Connect, a system that uses wi-fi to transmit to transmit to our in-house iPods or your own mobile device.
All in-house devices are available from the Box Office.

ASSISTIVE DOG SCHEME

Working alongside the charity Beacon we operate a scheme for those who wish to attend the theatre with their Assistance Dog. If suitable seating is not available in the auditorium for you and your dog, or you do not want your dog to remain in the auditorium during the show, we can arrange a verified volunteer to look after your dog on the premises during your visit. To take advantage of this service you must inform Box Office or Remy Lloyd in advance. Please contact us for more information.

ACCESSIBLE TOILETS

We have accessible toilets available on every level of the theatre, all accessible via lift. There are two accessible toilets on the basement level, one in the foyer area, one on the Dress Circle and one on the Grand Circle.

Please remember that not all disabilities are visible.

ORIENTATION

Should you require we can also offer Orientation sessions to help with familiarisation of the theatre. Ideal for individuals, families and groups who would benefit from a pre-visit to assess the environment before a performance. This may be of use to those who have mobility requirements, vertigo, social anxieties (such as claustrophobia or agoraphobia), those with additional needs and/or those on the autistic spectrum. Please note these are not theatre tours.

WHEELCHAIR POSITIONS

Wheelchair seats are highlighted in blue below.

 

ACCESS AT THE GRAND THEATRE

The Grand Theatre has flat access from the street via two of its five main doors. Once inside we have lift access to all public levels, and an array of facilities to support your visit. If you require any assistance, please ask our staff.

Drop off and collection before and after your visit is possible at the main entrance. You are more than welcome to wait inside while your transport arrives or family return, there is a pull in bay located in front of the theatre to the right of the main entrance and just outside the main doors there is also a drop curb.

Accessible parking is available for Blue Badge holders. Accessible spaces are located at many of the main car parks close to the theatre, a list can be found on the council’s website. Parking in Berry Street to the rear of the theatre is double yellow lined. Princess Street has four disabled parking bays with a 3 hr time allowance and there are another four disabled parking bays on Market Street opposite Marks and Spencer’s also with a 3hr limit. Spaces are available on Queens Street please see the information for time restrictions. Costs for the various car parks can vary. Please check with the Council’s website for details before your visit. CLICK HERE for more information on parking.

If you are attending any of our Tours or theatre functions/events and have wheelchair or mobility needs, please let us know when you book. We are a Victorian building with steps and tight turns; we can and will accommodate you, but in order to provide the same/similar experience for everyone we ask you inform us before you arrive.

 

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