We’re committed to making the Purple Playhouse Theatre as accessible as possible – a goal that is greatly enhanced through our location within the Grace Eyre Foundation’s building. The Purple Playhouse Theatre is proud to have attained Attitude is Everything’s Bronze Standard Charter of Best Practice for showing commitment to venue access to our customers and performers.
We are also excited to have been part of the Brighton Fringe Freedom Season since it began. Freedom Season is a programme of events that are accessible to a range of audiences with access needs, including those with physical and invisible disabilities. The season also showcases and supports the work of Deaf and disabled participants.
Please contact Henry Bruce, Theatre and Events Manager, at [email protected] or on 07736 273 402 with any questions or concerns about the accessibility of the venue. You are also welcome to write to us at Purple Playhouse Theatre, 36 Montefiore Road, Hove BN3 6EP. We aim to respond to enquiries within 5 working days.
Access around the venue, both approach and inside
The entrance to the theatre is in Old Shoreham Road. There is ramped access to the front entrance leading to the café/bar area, an accessible toilet and a changing place with shower and a hoist. The theatre, located on the first floor, can be accessed via lift or a staircase that has fifteen steps.
The venue is fully accessible with blue badge parking and drop-off points on both the Montefiore Road and Avondale Road sides of the building. Additional parking is on-street pay and display.
Local public transport
The Purple Playhouse Theatre is conveniently located near Seven Dials in Brighton, approximately 15 minutes’ walk from both Brighton and Hove railway stations. Several Brighton & Hove bus routes stop nearby including the 7, 14, 14C, 27, 37, 37B, 56 and 77.
Personal assistant tickets at no additional cost
Subject to availability and providing that the necessary evidence is provided, one free ticket will be issued to a deaf or disabled person who has purchased a ticket and could not attend without a personal assistant. If you would like to apply for a personal assistant ticket, please send us at least one of the following to [email protected] or by post to Henry Bruce, 36 Montefiore Road, Hove BN3 6EP.
- Front page of DLA / PIP (no specific rate)
- Front page of Attendance Allowance letter (no specific rate)
- Evidence that registered severely sight impaired (blind)
- Recognised Assistance Dog ID card
- Credability’s Access Card
All applications without the recommended evidence will still be reviewed and considered on a case-by-case basis. Customers will be notified by email or phone that their application has been successful and tickets can be collected at the venue.
As a small venue, we do not have a public box office as such. The theatre itself is fitted with an induction loop and can be used as a box office if required. If you would like to purchase tickets in person at the venue office, please contact us to make an appointment from Tuesday to Thursday between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. You’ll need to bring cheque or cash to pay for your ticket(s) and additional evidence if you intend to apply for a complimentary ticket for a personal assistant (please see above).
Viewing areas are located in the front row of the general seating area, just a few feet from the slightly raised stage. Seating in this area is also available for personal assistants or friends. Sight lines are uninterrupted.
An accessible toilet and a changing place are located on the ground floor. RADAR locks are used.
The theatre is fitted with an induction loop complete with signage to identify it.
Assistance dogs are welcome. There is an area outside the front entrance that can be used for toileting and drinking water can be made available in the café.
Strobe lights are not typically used, but a general warning will be issued in advance in the description of the performance. Please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns.
Alternative formats available
Materials produced by the Purple Playhouse Theatre can be provided in large print. Please contact us with any further requests, including braille and audio.
The Purple Playhouse Theatre occasionally hosts relaxed performances, also known as autism-friendly performances, which are aimed at anyone of any age who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.
For many blind or partially sighted theatre-goers, a touch tour is an essential part of the theatre experience. Learn more about touch tours.