Access

Visiting us

The Stephen Joseph Theatre is fully accessible with:

- Level access to Box Office and disabled toilets
- Wheelchair lift to the Shop
- Passenger lift access to The Round and McCarthy auditoria
- Designated wheelchair spaces in both theatres, easily accessible from the lift and next to an accompanying seat for your escort
- Front row level access is available for many shows on request

Some seats in The Round and The McCarthy involve climbing stairs, please advise staff when booking if you have any specific seating requirements.

We try to accommodate all requests for access requirements and wheelchair access, but please let us know at least 24 hours before you arrive or at the time of booking.


Hearing loop systems
are available for people with and without hearing aids. Infrared and induction loop systems operate in both auditoria.

Access Dogs
are welcome to stay with you in the auditorium or can be looked after by a member of staff. Please inform the Box Office that you will be bringing an Access Dog.

Audio described performances

All Stephen Joseph Theatre productions have at least one performance that is professionally audio described, and relayed through headsets, for blind and partially-sighted customers. Pre-bookable Touch Tours are available 45 minutes before most audio described performances. 

Open captioning

The Stephen Joseph Theatre provides regular captioned performances where the spoken word on stage is converted into text and displayed on a small screen hung above the stage. Audience members who are deaf or hard of hearing can follow what is being said and by whom. Sound effects are also included. Please state at the time of booking that you require a seat with a view of the caption box.

Open captioning for films

Some of our films screenings will be open captioned to enable Deaf or hard of hearing customers to enjoy the cinema. Captioned screenings will be highlighted at the time of booking. This is a trial and we would welcome any feedback - please email the Theatre Manager.

Relaxed Performances

Relaxed performances and film screenings are designed for anyone who would benefit from a less formal, more supportive atmosphere. This might include people on the autism spectrum, those with sensory or communication disorders, those with learning disabilities and families with babies and young children.

Relaxed performances may vary depending on the production but for film screenings and most plays they will have reduced sound levels, and low lights will be left on. It’s fine to make noise, move around or leave the auditorium.

Dementia-Friendly Performances
We are working with our local Dementia Action Alliance and individuals living with dementia to make these events as accessible as possible. Some technical adaptations to the show may take place, flexible seating options and a relaxed attitude to audience responses and movement in the auditorium. We will have provision within our front of house space for a quiet room, clearer visual markers and signage and additional staff to sensitively and respectfully welcome people living with dementia and their supporters to this show.

Upcoming Access Performances:

There are no Captioned, Audio Described or Signed Performances currently available. Please check back in mid February when our Summer Season is announced.

If you have any queries about accessibility at the SJT or require further information please contact us on 01723 370540.

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funded by
Arts Council England
Whitby-Scarborough-Filey Borough of Scarborough