Wednesday, 14 September 2011

The Tempest @ Theatre Royal, Haymarket

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

The Tempest at The Theatre Royal, Haymarket, is part of Trevor Nunn's spectacular season at this iconic venue. It stars Ralph Fiennes as Prospero, Elisabeth Hopper as Miranda, Clive Wood as Stephano, Julian Wadham as Antonio, Julian Wadham as Antonio, Julian Wadham as Antonio, Chris Andrew Mellon as Sebastian and Nicholas Lyndhurst as Trinculo.

Ralph Fiennes, as might be expected, delivers the verse of what is considered to be Shakespeare's final play superbly and Elisabeth Hopper's tender and beautiful Miranda is a joy to watch. Much comedy is provided by Nicholas Lyndhurst's Trinculo and Clive Wood's Stephano. Although I believe this play can be delivered in shorter duration (it clocks up to around 3 hours), it is a definite to see this season.

The Tempest has a limited run at the Theatre Royal, running until 29th October 2011 so make sure you book your tickets now. Performances are Monday-Saturday at 7.30pm with matinee performances on a Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm. There is also an audio described performance on Thursday 29th September.

When you arrive at the theatre, if you use a wheelchair or mobility scooter, simply inform one of the FOH staff at the door and they will open the doors to the side of the entrance steps for you. This entrance is level and leads round to the back of the stalls. There is also an accessible WC in this area. There is 1 dedicated wheelchair space at the back of the stalls. If you are able to transfer out of your chair/scooter then you can book any aisle seat in the stalls. Although there is a handrail on the walls of the stalls, please note that this theatre has a fairly steep rake down the stalls, towards the stage. If you cannot manage slopes particularly well, I would advise booking a seat closer to the back of the stalls. Many of the aisle seats have pretty good leg room, please ask for more details about this when you book.

Induction Loop and Amplification: Infra-red system with headsets are available and can be collected from the front of house desk. A £10 deposit is charged and refunded at the end of the performance, provided all parts are returned correctly. Assistance dogs are not allowed in the auditorium during the performance but, front of house staff will be happy to look after the dog during this time.

There are disabled parking spaces on Whitcomb Street and also a little further away on both Charles II Street and St James's Square - these become unlimited on time restrictions after 6pm.

To book Access Rate Tickets for The Tempest, please call the Box Office directly on: 020 7930 8800. To book all other ticket types for the show, please call: 0845 481 1870. Alternatively you can book online (although for access seats, please call the box office number above) via the THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET WEBSITE

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