Accessible theatres in the UK to visit this Autumn

There are plenty of reasons to enjoy theatre; whether it the entertainment, theatrical costume, or dramatics. With a host of fantastic and accessible shows for you and your family, there is nothing stopping you getting out this autumn to enjoy the show.

Many venues hold relaxed performances for those on the autism spectrum to sensory performances to provide that stimulation, all excellent on-site access. Here, we have selected some of the best accessible venues and events.


Theatre by the Lake

theatre by the lake

Location: The Lake District 

Theatre by the Lake is one of the most beautiful theatres in the UK.  It’s a creative hotspot for the communities of Cumbria.  The two stages available offers a great night out and a chance to get those creative juices flowing.

With its reputation for creating the very best theatre productions, it also takes pride in serving the community as a busy arts centre hosting all sorts of different shows and festivals.

With regular appearances from local heroes and national treasures, theatre on the lakes is the place to be. Sit back, laugh, question, contemplate and cry, and everything in between.

If watching a show isn’t for you, you can still visit their café or attend a workshop giving you endless options on how to spend your autumn.


The Barbican Theatre


Location: London

Not only the home to two art galleries, two theatres, three cinemas, a concert hall, the Barbican Theatre has incredible architecture and an abundance of performance space, but its accessibility is what sets it apart from other theatres in the UK. This includes free large-print programmes to commemorate your visit as well as multiple wheelchair space to enjoy the performance. Furthermore, with audio-described and captioned shows regularly taking place, you’ll be spoilt for choice on what show you wish to see. They also offer an Access Member Scheme, which entitles you to discounted tickets to some of your favourite plays.

What are your options?

  • The Barbican Hall regularly hosts renowned musicians in both classical and contemporary music.
  • The main theatre known for hosting outstanding theatre and dance companies from across the globe.
  • The Pit is the Barbican’s studio theatre, which regularly champions new and upcoming companies and artists.
  • The Art Gallery presents major exhibitions by leading international figures, from architects to Turner-prize-winning artists
  • The spectacular conservatory is a tropical oasis home to exotic fish and over 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees


The Blakehay Theatre

Blakehay Theatre

Location: Weston-Super-Mare

The Blakehay Theatre is an intimate venue at the heart of cultural life offering a creative and inclusive programme. Home to an array of weekly studio classes including multiple styles of dance and an inclusive youth theatre. Whether you wish to get involved or just spectate the Blakehay Theatre is the right place for you. The theatre has ramped access into the foyer and theatre bar and level access into the main house, where up to four wheelchair users can be accommodated with seating for a friend next to you.