Bridge Theatre

The Bridge Theatre, Access Information, August 2021:

The address of The Bridge Theatre is 3 Potters Fields Park, London SE1 2SG.
It is situated on the South Bank between City Hall and Tower Bridge, facing the river.

The theatre is a 10-minute walk from London Bridge tube station which is on the Northern and Jubilee lines and is an accessible station. Take the exit for City Hall and walk down Tooley Street. You can also travel to Tower Hill (Circle and District lines), which is a 15-minute walk over the river via Tower Bridge.

Buses that stop at London Bridge include the 17, 21, 35, 40, 43, 47, 48, 78, 133, 141, 149, 343, 344, 381 and 521. Bus routes RV1, 47, 343 and 381 stop on Tooley Street, and bus routes 42, 78 and 188 stop on Druid Street. Both stops are 5 minutes walk to the theatre.

The mainline station at London Bridge is served by First Capital Connect, Southern and South Eastern trains and Thameslink trains.

If you’d prefer to travel by boat, London Bridge City Pier is an 8-minute walk to the theatre. Thames Clippers runs regular ferries to the pier.

If you are arriving by car, you can be dropped off at the Tower Bridge end of Tooley Street. Potters Fields Park Road goes alongside the La Lit Hotel and cars can drive up the side of One Tower Bridge to drop off a customer, but not park. From here there is level access to the entrance of the theatre. More details about parking can be found on the Southwark Council website. The Bridge Theatre is located just within the boundaries of the congestion charge zone. A map of the local area with disabled parking bays can be found on the Southwark Council Website: southwark.gov.uk Bridge Theatre audience members can receive a 20% discount on parking at the Q-Park Tower Bridge at 46-50 Gainsford Street SE1 2NE. This car park has nine spaces for Blue Badge holders and is a five-minute walk to the theatre and just outside the congestion charge zone. You need to pre-book 24 hours in advance using the discount code BRIDGE20.

The entrance to the theatre faces the river and is glass fronted. There are 2 push doors to the left and 2 revolving doors to the right. The revolving doors are not in use, so please use the 2 push doors to the left. There will be security personnel at the entrance who will be able to assist you if needed.

The foyer is a large open space with white supporting pillars running down either side. Sometimes chairs and tables are clustered at the base of the pillars. The foyer is lit by dozens of hanging ceiling lights. Tickets are able to be collected from the box office which is on the right-hand side near the entrance. The theatre will be open to audiences an hour before the start of the performance only. Beyond the ticket desk, also on the right-hand side, is a long bar. Drinks are served, but there is currently no food offering. Orders can be made for the interval if requested.

Audio description headsets can be obtained from the cloakroom, which is located at the rear left-hand corner of the foyer. Our cloakroom is not currently open. Toilets and a platform lift to all levels of the theatre are located beyond the cloakroom. Front of house staff will be able to assist you with the lift, if required. There are three unisex accessible toilets, with one located on each level of the theatre space.

To reach Gallery 1 and the Stalls there is a wide staircase in the centre of the foyer which takes you down approximately 16 steps. The staircase has handrails on both sides in a contrasting colour to the wall. There are more toilets downstairs with the women’s to the left and the men’s to the right. There is level access to the back of Gallery 1 from the foyer and approximately 12 steps up to Gallery 2.

If you would like, you can borrow a wheelchair from The Bridge Theatre to use during your visit. Please contact the theatre before your visit, using the contact details given shortly, to arrange this.

The 900-seat auditorium is designed to be flexible, as the theatre plans to offer promenade performances as well as the more traditional end-stage configuration. The design is sleek, uncluttered and contemporary, with no pillars or architectural details to block the audience’s view of the stage. The Stalls slope downwards, with a staircase on either side of a central block, creating three blocks of seating. The seats are in tan leather and orange upholstery and flip up when not in use. The upper galleries have pale oak balconies and rails and wrap around the space on three sides. They’re stacked on top of each other, so no seat is far from the stage.

If you would like to listen to the audio introduction, you should collect your headset in good time to take your seat fifteen minutes before the start of the performance.

Covid-19 Information
The Bridge asks audience members to wear a mask, if possible, while inside the venue to protect our staff and other audience members, but this will not be enforced.

You will not be asked for proof of vaccination.

You do not need to take a test before attending The Bridge. But if you are able to do so, it would be appreciated. If you test positive do contact the box office and they will be able to exchange or refund your ticket(s) as necessary.

Performances of Bach & Sons are still at a reduced capacity but there are larger blocks of seats on sale, meaning you may be sat next to people outside of your bubble. However, there will be some space between some seats to ensure a better air flow while in the auditorium. White Noise will be sold at full seating capacity.

The Bridge’s air handling system is fed by filtered fresh air. Used air is extracted to the outside and is not recirculated. Filters are changed as part of regular, routine maintenance and we have full control over the air system – both fan speed and temperature – throughout the theatre.

The theatre will be cleaned throughout the day, between every show. Front of House areas will additionally be cleaned during shows, while audience members are in the auditorium. Toilets will be cleaned throughout the day, before, during and after shows. Seats will be cleaned after every performance with antibacterial wash.
There is a timed entry system, please check your ticket for your arrival time, to minimise queues as well as asking you to pre-order your pre show and interval drinks where possible. Please look out for our pre-show communication and add your mobile number to your account if you want to receive your tickets and our pre-order menu via text on the day of the performance.

The cloakroom will not be open for now. You will be able to take your belongings into the auditorium with you, but The Bridge ask that you please refrain from bringing large bags, luggage or folding bikes as we’re unable to store them.

Currently the foyer will only be open to those attending that performance.

The Bridge is currently only accepting card and contactless payments at the theatre.

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 directly for clarification.

Useful Information and Contact Numbers

At the Bridge Theatre guide dogs are welcome. They can be kept either inside or outside the auditorium. If you are bringing a guide dog, please inform the theatre, by emailing [email protected] or call 0333 320 0051. These are also the contact details for any other information you may require.