Find out all the information about accessibility to make your visit easier.

A view of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from across the river
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Access for wheelchair users

Both the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre have wheelchair accessible spaces. When booking, please remember to tell the Box Office if you require a wheelchair accessible space, an aisle seat or if you want seats for an audio described or captioned performance. This will allow the Box Office to allocate you the most appropriate seat.

Please note that for health and safety reasons, if you have booked a wheelchair accessible space you will need to remain in your wheelchair. If you wish to transfer from your wheelchair to a fixed seat please do not book a wheelchair space.

Transfer seats

For the safety and comfort of all our audiences, we ask that any patron who transfers from a wheelchair into one of our theatre seats for a performance is able to walk from the door of the theatre to their seat, leaving their wheelchair in the foyer. This can be with some aid from a companion, or using a small walking aid (such as a walking stick or cane). This means we can ensure all patrons are able to evacuate safely in the event of an emergency.


Both the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre have lift access to all levels of the building and are fully accessible to electric wheelchair users.


There are seven Blue Badge Holder parking bays on Waterside directly outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and ten bays on Chapel Lane, the road opposite the Swan Theatre. These spaces are available on a first come, first served basis and hold no time restrictions.

There is a car drop off point directly outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and a coach drop off point just past the Swan Theatre.

More information for blue badge holders about parking in Stratford.

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