Exterior shot of Crucible theatre

Crucible Theatre

The Crucible offer a wide range of accessible performances to ensure an enjoyable experience for all customers. On most productions, theyoffer Audio DescribedSign Language Interpreted and Captioned Performances and additionally, they often offer Touch Tours of the set preceding the performances for Visually Impaired customers. They have highlighted the performances on which these facilities are available on the book tickets listing for each show. They recommend that when booking to use their access facilities you speak to a member of our Box Office team who can ensure that any relevant equipment is reserved for you and that you are in the best position in the auditorium.

The Crucible, Studio, and Lyceum Theatres form a complex situated in the centre of Sheffield, close to the Millennium and Graves Art Galleries and the Central Library. The main theatre entrances are in Tudor Square, which can be approached on foot from Arundel Gate, Norfolk Street, or Surrey Street. The entrance to the Lyceum Theatre is adjacent to the Crucible Theatre and the Winter Gardens. If you are arriving by car, the nearest drop off point is Norfolk Street.

As there’s ongoing redevelopment work in the area, we suggest that you contact the theatre direct for an update before your visit. The contact details are given at the end of this information.

There are eight disabled parking spaces available on Surrey Street outside the library and a further two on Norfolk Street. These are unreserved and operate on a first come, first served basis. Alternatively, Orange and Blue badge holders can park on single yellow lines (or double yellow lines, providing they are not causing an obstruction). There are also 4 easy access spaces in the NCP car park on Arundel Gate, which are charged at the standard hourly rate. There is a steep ramp leading from the car park entrance up to Tudor Square.

There are many buses which you can use to get to the theatre. Some stop on Arundel Gate which is about 50 metres away, depending on the service used. There is one road to cross. Other buses stop on the High Street – up to 330 metres away – with a mainly pedestrianised area (including public bins, post boxes and benches) and one road to cross.

There are two Supertram stops approximately 400 metres from the theatre. These are ‘Castle Square’ and ‘Cathedral’ and are situated on the High Street. All trams are fully wheelchair accessible.

Sheffield Train Station is approximately ½ mile from the theatre. Cross the road outside the station using the pelican crossing to the left of the entrance. Turn left and walk up towards the Howard public house. Cross the road on the pelican crossing to the right of the public house and walk up Howard Street on to Arundel Gate. Cross the road at the pelican crossing in front of the Millennium Galleries. Turn right and walk 50 metres. The Lyceum is situated on your left.

The main entrance to the theatre has 4 sets of glass panelled doors, each with one step up. The doors open towards you and lead directly to the main foyer area. The set of doors on the far right is pinned open prior to a performance.

The foyer area is well lit and has clear, flat access to the Box Office, where you can collect your tickets. The headsets, Braille and large print cast lists will be available from a table to the left of the Box Office. There is no charge for the headsets. If you would like to listen to the introductory notes, you should collect your headset in good time to take your seat 15 minutes before the start of the performance.

A cloakroom, and the Ladies and Gentlemens’ toilets are to the left of the Box Office, through a door which opens away from you. There are 16 steps down. If you have difficulty accessing the cloakroom, please contact a member of staff who will check in and return your belongings to you.

There are eight entrances to the auditorium.

To the left of the Box Office, up 2 steps, is Door 1. Door 2 is directly opposite the main doors into the foyer, and has no steps, giving level access into the auditorium.

Directly adjacent to the Box Office is the Stalls Bar, through which you can reach Door 3. There is also an accessible toilet through here, as well as a lift to both the Circle and Balcony levels.

There are 25 steps from the Stalls Bar up to the Circle Bar and the Door 5 entrance to the auditorium. There are a further 18 steps to Door 4. Alternatively, you can take the lift to the Circle, from where there are 4 steps down to Door 5 and direct access to the Circle Bar. Both the Ladies and Gentlemens’ toilets are accessed down 3 steps from the Circle Bar.

More flights of stairs lead from the Circle Bar up to the Balcony Bar and Doors 7 and 8 into the auditorium.

All bars in the Lyceum open one hour prior to the start of the performance. Please note that the foyer and Box office area can get very crowded on the run up to a performance.

The auditorium is traditionally Victorian with a proscenium arch stage. It can seat approximately 1000 patrons on three levels – 400 in the stalls, 300 in the circle and 300 in the balcony. The entrances to the auditorium are situated on the sides and the rear of the auditorium. The seats are burgundy and flip up when not in use.

In the stalls and circle the seating is in one single block, but the balcony seating has a central aisle that runs from the back of the auditorium down to row F. The floor in the stalls slopes down towards the stage, and both the circle and balcony seating is tiered.

Wheelchair access is available through the main doors to the Lyceum.

Please note that this information has been supplied by the venue and although every effort has been made to check details, you may still have some queries. In this case, we would ask you to contact the theatre direct for clarification.

Useful information and contact numbers

If you wish to bring a guide dog please call the Ticket Office on 0114 249 6000 and they will make the necessary arrangements. You can also use this number if you have any other queries.

Guide dogs can be taken into the auditorium or looked after by a member of staff if required. Please note that all facilities for guide dogs must be booked in advance of the performance.

Shefftax offer a taxi service which is accessible for people with mobility difficulties and wheelchair users. If you wish to book a taxi please call 0114 272 0000.

There is also further information on the theatre’s website – www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.