Access information for the New Theatre, Oxford
The address of the New Theatre is George Street, Oxford OX1 2AG. The Main front entrance is directly opposite the Wig and Pen pub, on George Street.
If arriving by car, the nearest drop off point is either on George Street near the junction with Gloucester Street, or on Beaumont Street, located a short walk from the theatre. Taxis can drop patrons off directly outside the main entrance.
George Street itself is mainly used for taxis and buses, so can be quite a busy area. Local taxi firms include 001 cars on 01865 24 00 00 and also Royal Cars on 01865 777333.
The closest car parks are a five to ten minute walk from the theatre, on Worcester Street or Gloucester Green. Parking costs from £3.30 for one hour. Please note there is no direct onsite parking and cars cannot be left outside the venue, even with a disabled permit. Another option is to get a park and ride service from either Peartree, Seacourt, or Thornhill. For more information about this you can go to the Oxford City Council website: oxford.gov.uk or the ‘Park and Ride’ website: parkandride.net.
There are numerous buses that stop in George Street, including the S1, S2, 1, 2, 3, 3B, 4, 4A, 4B, 4C, 5, 6, 8, 9, 35, and the X3 and X13.
The nearest train station is the Oxford city centre station, which is 15 to 20 minutes walk from the theatre.
The main entrance to the theatre is on street level. There is one set of wood and glass double doors that open towards you. These are usually pinned open before a performance, or staff will be on hand to open them. There are no steps to the box office which will be diagonally to your left, with rope barriers indicating the queuing space. There is a short flight of steps down into the stalls level of the auditorium, or there is a lift.
There is also a side entrance to the theatre situated in Victoria Court.
Please ask a member of staff for your headset and large print or braille cast list. If you would like to listen to the introductory notes 15 minutes before the start of the performance, you should collect your headset in good time to take your seat. Staff will be able to direct you.
There are two accessible toilets, one in the foyer area, on the left hand side. The second is situated inside the stalls auditorium, and is located on the front right hand side near to the stage. Doors for both accessible toilets open outwards.
There will be a kiosk in the foyer, where patrons can buy a range of confectionary, drinks, ice cream and additional items. There is also a merchandise stand, located at the end of the foyer. An ‘at seat’ service is available. Please ask a member of staff if you require this.
The circle and balcony seating are up a number of flights of stairs. Please note, there is no lift up to these levels. There is a cloakroom located in the stalls bar, or staff can take items to the cloakroom for you, if you prefer.
The traditional style auditorium seats 1,785, and is an art deco design dating back to the 1930s. There are red flip up seats. In the stalls the seating is arranged in three blocks and the aisles slope down towards the stage.
Please note that this information has been provided by the theatre and you may still have some queries. In this case, we would ask you to contact the theatre directly for clarification.
Further Information and Contact Details
At the New Theatre Oxford, Guide Dogs are welcome. If you are bringing a dog and you have not already let the theatre know, please contact Kelly Mackenzie, on the theatre’s direct access line – 01865 320772. Or you can email email@example.com. If you wish, theatre staff can look after you dog during the performance. If your dog is staying with you in the auditorium, it is advised that you are seated at the back of the stalls where there is more space.
If you require any further information about your visit you can also contact Michael Bethell, by email on firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephoning 01865 320769.
If you wish, an orientation and familiarisation visit can be organised with either Kelly or Michael.
The theatre uses an infrared system, where the audio description is transmitted via ‘radiators’ fixed around the auditorium, which send the signal to receivers worn by customers. Listeners are able to control the volume of the audio description with a dial on the receiver, and choose to receive either just the audio description, or a mixture of the audio description and some show sound. Receivers will be supplied by the theatre, and staff will demonstrate how to use them.
To contact VocalEyes, call us on 020 7375 1043. You can receive a copy of the free Vocaleyes Newsletter with full details on all our work by calling us or by following the links on the Vocaleyes accessible website. The Newsletter is available in print, Braille, on CD or via e-mail. The website address is vocaleyes.co.uk.
Vocaleyes is a charity funded by Arts Council England.