Physical Access for Box Office, Cafébar, Gallery and Performances and Screenings in the Rake
The Dukes’ front entrance is accessed via 4 steps, followed by two further steps. These steps have a handrail on the right hand side. To access our ramp, go down the cobbled alley to the left of the main entrance and then turn right.
Please ring the doorbell by the ramp and a member of staff will open the doors. A car park space can usually be reserved at the back of the building (access via St Anne’s Place) in advance for those who need access via the ramp. Please mention this when booking.
The whole of The Rake’s Front of House facilities, including the gallery, Box Office and accessible toilet, is on one level. The Rake theatre has one row of accessible seating on the front row, or chairs in this row can be removed to accommodate customers using wheelchairs.
There is a dropped kerb to the left and right of St Anne’s Place, giving access down the cobbled alley to the ramp mentioned above. There is also a dropped kerb outside the Round entrance.
The Round entrance is open 20 minutes before the start of the performance. Both The Round entrance and The Round Foyer, including an accessible toilet are fully accessible to wheelchair users. There is a dropped kerb outside the Round entrance. If you arrive more than 20 minutes before the performance, or would like to access the Box Office, Cafébar or Gallery, please see access details above.
The Centre for Creative Learning is fully accessible to wheelchair users, and has an accessible toilet.
Facilities for deaf or hard of hearing people
Infrared sound systems are available to amplify sound via a personal receiver. This can be used with or without a hearing aid. Selected film screenings in our programme are subtitled for hard of hearing patrons. An induction loop system is also available at the box office and in the Gallery.
Each of the shows produced by the Dukes have a British Sign Language Interpreted Performance. For details of our upcoming BSL Interpreted Performances please see www.dukes-lancaster.org/events-grid. Hearing dogs are welcome and fresh drinking water is always available for them.
Facilities for people with visual impairments
For people who have difficulty seeing the stage, all shows produced by The Dukes have an audio described performance and a pre-show touch tour of the set. The audio description provides a live commentary (pre-recorded for The Dukes park show) of all the visual aspects of the production via a personal receiver provided by The Dukes. The professional audio describer will set the scene, describe the costumes and props and describe the actors’ movements and facial expressions as they happen. This is done in such a way as to ensure you will hear as much of the dialogue as possible.
We also offer touch tours before our audio described performance to enable people with visual impairments to feel their way around the set, costumes and props to get a better understanding of the show. Please let the Box Office know if you would like to use the service when you book. For details of our upcoming Audio Described Performances please phone the Box Office 01524 598500.
Guide dogs are welcome and fresh drinking water is always available for them.
Please contact us in advance if you require any assistance – we will be happy to help in any way we can.