Alphabetti Theatre is focussed on creating an environment where everyone can enjoy great art. This includes making our building as accessible as possible, making ticket prices affordable and adapting performances to suit different needs.
Main theatre and bar
Our downstairs theatre and bar area is suitable for wheelchair access and we have one toilet that can be accessed by a wheelchair.
We have the capacity to host two wheelchair users per performance (due to fire regulations) in the main theatre. If you require one of these spaces, please select "Wheelchair ticket" when booking on our website. Carers can attend for free, please just call us on 0191 261 9125 and we will reserve a space for you.
Upstairs rehearsal room
Currently, our upstairs rehearsal room is not wheelchair accessible due to a number of steps. We are trying to seek capital funding to create a ramp at the back of the building to change this.
Trigger Warning: Helpful Information and Links
We programme, create and support an array of performance and live art installations covering a variety of topics and issues. Please be aware that some elements of our programme may contain subjects that people may find distressing. If you would like any further information about a performance or would like to raise any queries with out team please feel free to contact our General Manager and Safeguarding Lead, Alex, on or our Executive Producer, Esther, on who will be more than happy to have a chat and answer any questions. Below is a list of both Local and National organisations who specialise in certain areas who will be able to provide further support:
Newcastle Womens Aid https://www.newcastlewomensaid.org.uk/
MESMAC North East https://mesmacnewcastle.com/
Albert Kennedy Trust https://www.akt.org.uk/
Changing Lives https://www.changing-lives.org.uk/services/drug-alcohol/
Campaign to End Loneliness https://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/
This list is not exhaustive and we would be more than happy to further assist anyone in pointing them in the right directions to any other relevant organisations.
Relaxed Performances Policy
During our seasonal programming process, booked artists are encouraged to offer one relaxed performance as part of their run. More often than not this will take place on a Saturday afternoon in a matinee performance.
Everyone is welcome to attend any performance at Alphabetti Theatre but we know that some audience members may prefer to attend a relaxed performance. Parents with babes-in-arms are encouraged to attend relaxed performances but are also welcome at all other performances.
At Alphabetti, a relaxed performance means:
A space where there isn’t the pressure to sit still or stay quiet
House lights will be dimmed but kept on
Music levels will be kept low with no sudden loud noises
Theatrical lighting will be adapted and will not include flashing lights or sudden special effects
Touch-tours will be offered where applicable and audience members are invited to have a look around the space 40 minutes before performances begin
The bar area will be a designated ‘chill-out zone’ for audience members who need to take a time-out
Audiences are free to leave and re-enter the theatre space as needed
Audience can meet performers 45 minutes before the beginning of the show and also at the end to ask any questions
Audience members can request to have a written story summary in advance
Babes in Arms Policy
Babies and young children under 2 years old do not require a ticket providing they can sit on knees of their accompanying adult
If your baby begins crying during a performance we would appreciate it if you could please step outside the theatre and return once they have stopped crying, unless you are attending a relaxed performance
Changing of nappies can be carried out in the toilets situated to the left of the foyer
If your baby is sick during a performance, please notify a member of staff who can provide tissues / can clean up the mess
If you are able, please try to sit near the end of row so that you can enter and exit the theatre as needed with ease
If you have any questions regarding relaxed performances, our babes-in-arms policy or accessibility at Alphabetti, then please contact Liv Hunt on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0191 261 9125