Littlewood Theatre

The Littlewood Theatre at Applecart Arts, Access Information October 2021

The Littlewood Theatre is at Applecart Arts, 170 Harold Road, London, E13 0SE.

If you are arriving by car you can be dropped off outside the venue on Claude Road and there is street parking which is Pay and Display between 9.30am and 6.30pm and then free.

If you are using public transport, Upton Park London Underground station is in Zone 3 and on both the District and Hammersmith and City lines. If you use the station, be aware there is no step free access from platform to street level. However, once at street level it’s a simple journey turning left out of the station onto the main road – Green Street, then left again into Harold Road, and a walk of roughly 600m to the theatre.

The St Anthony’s Road bus stop is approximately 350 metres away and is served by bus numbers: 104 and 378. The Upton Park Station bus stop is 600 metres away and served by numbers 58, 330 and 376. The route from both bus stops is relatively level, but does involve crossing several roads and navigating small pavements.

Applecart Arts is a large church-like building festooned with lights with a tall bell tower that sits on the corner of Claude Road and Harold Road. There is a small paved garden at the front of the building, and the door to the café will be open in advance of the evening show. There are three small steps up into the café. Step free access is available to the side of the building. It is surrounded by busy residential roads, but because they are small they are not particularly noisy.

People are generally welcomed into the café which acts as a foyer. It is open from 6:45pm and has a warm, brightly lit wooden feel to it. Music is usually played on a low volume, but as a small space it can get quite noisy when filled with people’s conversation. Glowing bare lamps hang from the ceiling, and there is a wall made of oiled pallet wood immediately opposite you when you come through the door. On your left as you enter is a small bar where you can purchase drinks and a small selection of snacks, and where a small black table sitting in front of a coffee machine acts as the box office. The Coffee machine can be quite loud when it dispenses drinks. On the right is a black and yellow door which leads down a slight slope to three toilets, two of which are accessible. The café has small benches for people to sit at tables within the café, aside from this it is relatively hazard free. The theatre itself opens 15 minutes before the show begins, and most of the audience are taken back out, down the three steps into the garden and 20 metres across a paved floodlit yard before taking 4 steps or a short ramp up into the theatre building. There are no stairs once inside the building, except to access the first floor which will not be necessary for theatre performances. There are two toilets in the theatre building which each have a cubicle. Be aware that the theatre building is brightly lit, but the auditorium itself will be more dimly lit.

The Auditorium is on one level, has grey walls, a black curtain and a white ceiling and is end on to the stage. You enter to the side of the stage, with seating to the right and the stage area to the left. For EXPOSURE there will be 40 static seats (i.e. They do not flip up).

This information has been supplied by the venue. If you still have questions please contact the theatre directly for clarification.


Further information and contact numbers

Guide dogs are welcome: they can be taken into the auditorium, water bowls, spending area, and a sitting service can all be provided and there is no need to inform anyone in advance.

If you have any questions before attending Applecart Arts, please call them on 020 3475 4280

A local taxi firm is Data Cars and their number is 020 8850 0000

For more information about Applecart Arts you can also visit their website:

VocalEyes is a charity funded by Arts Council England.