Monday, 25 July 2011

Access London - Theatre Update

Welcome back to Access London and thank you once again for your support for better disability access and awareness in the Capital.

Today's post is an update for all theatre and music lovers out there...

The much anticipated Lincoln Center Theatre Production of Rodgers and Hammersteins's South Pacific is set to take the UK by storm from August this year. The show opens at The London Barbican for a 7 week run on 15th August and from then beings a UK tour to include: Milton Keynes, Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol, Southampton and Oxford.

The production enjoyed a successful, 2 year run in New York and now UK audiences will get the chance to see the show. With a fabulously talented cast, this is one show not to be missed this summer. Access London will be seeing the show at the beginning of its run and there will be a more detailed post shortly after on this blog.

The Barbican has good Access for those using a wheelchair or mobility scooter. It also has a great Access Scheme that allows you to register your personal access needs so that the best available seating and options are available to you. Blue Badge holders can also reserve a parking space, free of charge, onsite from an hour before the performance starts.

I cannot comment on the Access to all the venues featured on the UK tour so if you are wishing to see the show outside of London, I would recommend contacting the relevant theatre or venue.

To register on The Barbican's Access Scheme and book tickets for South Pacific CLICK HERE

To book tickets for all other venues on the UK tour, see the SOUTH PACIFIC UK WEBSITE

Other news sees the premature and sad closure of Lend Me A Tenor at London's Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. This production was due to run until November 2011 but it was reported over the weekend that the show will close in London on Saturday 6th August!

The show has received some fantastic reviews and I have spoken to many that have seen it and really enjoyed it. There appears to be special offers on tickets for the remainder of its run and it would be well worth going to see it before it closes.

The Gielgud is Accessible to those using a wheelchair or mobility scooter via a side door on the same street as the stage door. A member of the front of house staff will meet you at the front of the theatre and take you to the entrance which enters near the cloakroom on the dress circle level. There are 2 allocated wheelchair spaces in the dress circle and other options for those who can transfer. To book Access tickets, please call 0844 482 5137. For all other ticket types, please call 0844 482 5138.

"This uproarious new musical comedy by Peter Sham and Brad Carroll is a riotous, unpredictable explosion of mistaken identities and unexpected romance – based on the award-winning West End and Broadway hit comedy by Ken Ludwig."

"This brand-new production is directed by Olivier award-winning director Ian Talbot (High Society, Anything Goes) and choreographed by Tony-nominated choreographer Randy Skinner (42nd Street, White Christmas). The cast includes the Olivier award-winners Matthew Kelly and Joanna Riding."

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