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Barbican Theatre

Castle Street, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2NJ

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About this venue

Barbican Theatre is an intimate and vibrant 140-seat theatre at the heart of the historic Barbican in Plymouth. Together with the B-Bar, Barbican Theatre offers a diverse programme of contemporary theatre and dance, laugh-out-loud comedy, and live music from across the world. From hilarious Christmas performances for the whole family, to chilled out soul and jazz music in the relaxed atmosphere of the B-Bar, this vibrant little venue really does have something for everyone.

Access Guide

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Introduction

  • The theatre is situated on cobbled streets which are steep and not easily accessible to wheelchair users.
  • It is possible to drop-off directly outside the building in Castle Street, although the street is narrow here.
  • Tickets are ordered and collected from the bar, as there is no longer a separate box office.

Opening Times (Box Office/Bar)

  • Monday 11:00 - 18:00.
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 18:00.
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 18:00.
  • Thursday 11:00 - 18:00.
  • Friday 11:00 - 18:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.
  • Comments
    • Theatre opening times vary according to performances taking place.
    • There is no separate Box Office. Tickets are ordered and collected from the Bar.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Plymouth.
  • The venue is situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Plymouth.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The car park is located in Lambhay Hill.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are not available.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments
    • The photographs shows the streets outside the building.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are single width.
  • The door opening is 106cm (3ft 6in) wide.
  • Comments
    • The automatic door is push pad operated.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located immediately beyond the entrance.
  • There is / are 9 step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • There is a standard and / or platform lift to access this service.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located immediately beyond the entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG-G-1.
  • The lift is 3m (9ft 10in) from main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 78cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 150cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 11in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are not within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The controls are 90cm to 116cm in height.
  • The lift controls do have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.
  • Comments
    • The steps immediately beyond the entrance can be overcome via this lift.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played throughout the building.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Lighting levels are varied.
  • Customers cannot charge scooters or wheelchairs at the venue.

Other Floors

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the left going up.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting level is medium.

Restaurant Bar Internal (B-Bar)

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.
  • Food is available from the bar.
  • Full table service is available.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 3m (3yd 10in) from the lift.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 69cm (2ft 3in).
  • Menus are hand held only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is Thai.
  • Comments
    • Plastic cups, cutlery and straws not available.

Theatre

  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • Designated seating is located in the front row.
  • Wheelchairs are left with the patron.
  • A companion may sit with you.
  • Companions sit beside the patron.
  • It is 25m (27yd) from the designated seating area to the nearest accessible toilet.
  • This venue does not provide audio described performances.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.
  • The rows suitable for hearing loops are all rows.
  • There is not a wheelchair to borrow.
  • Concessions are available.
  • Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditorium.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 8m (26ft 3in) from the lift.
    • The accessible toilet is located to the rear of the box office.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is light.
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 146cm x 220cm (4ft 9in x 7ft 3in).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • No emergency alarm fitted in the cubicle.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are mirrors in the accessible toilet.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments
    • An additional adapted toilet, with identical specifications, is available on the 1st floor.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • The baby change facilities are located in both adapted toilets.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s)
    • The female toilets are located at the rear of the building.
    • The female toilets are 8m (26ft 3in) from the lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s)
    • The male toilets are located at the rear of the building.
    • The male toilets are 10m (32ft 10in) from the lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the male toilet.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments
    • The photographs show the standard male toilet.

Level Change (Standard Male Toilet)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located leading into the toilet.
  • There is / are 1 step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are bright.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are not available in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.