The Bunker

The address of The Bunker Theatre is, 53a Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU.

The entrance to the theatre is down a ramp, between Flat Iron Square and the Menier Chocolate Factory.

If arriving by car, you can be dropped off directly outside the entrance. There is a small driveway that you can pull onto if necessary, but the road is wide enough to drop off just before the bus stop, directly outside the venue.

There is limited parking on the streets around The Bunker. The nearest NCP car park is London Bridge NCP, SE1 3RU. Visitors to The Bunker Theatre can receive a 10% parking discount on nearby parking by redeeming the code BUNKER10 on YourParkingSpace.co.uk

There are also some disabled parking spaces nearby:

2 short stay spaces (3 hours) in Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU (directly opposite the entrance to The Bunker)

1 space at 22 Park St, London SE1 9EQ

2 spaces on the corner of Union St and Pepper St, London SE1 0LG

And 3 short stay spaces (4 hours) in Stoney Street, London SE1 9AF

There is a taxi rank outside the Menier Chocolate Factory, which is next door to The Bunker.

If travelling by bus, Bus Route 344 stops and departs directly outside the entrance to The Bunker. Bus 344 also stops on Southwark Bridge Road, a 4 minute walk from The Bunker.

London Bridge Bus Station is approximately 10 minutes walk from The Bunker along Southwark Street, passing Borough Market. Walk along Borough High Street towards Southwark Street, and The Bunker entrance will be on your left.

The Theatre is served by the following underground stations and lines: Borough (Northern Line), and London Bridge (Northern Line, Jubilee Line, and National Rail).

From Borough, turn left onto Marshalsea Road. Cross Marshalsea Road (a reasonably busy road) and take a right onto Ayres Street, which turns into O’Meara Street at the junction with Union Street. Cross Union Street (a quiet road with one lane of traffic) and continue onto O’Meara Street, then turn left onto Southwark Street. The Bunker entrance is on your left after you pass the Menier Chocolate Factory.

From London Bridge, take the exit for Borough High Street. The exit comes out at the intersection of Borough High Street and Southwark Street. Passing Borough Market on your right, head right on to Southwark Street. After you pass under the railway bridge (with a colour-changing light installation on the left hand side), and cross Thrale Street (a quiet one way side road with one lane of traffic), cross Southwark Street at the pedestrian crossing (this road is not usually too busy, although it is a bus route, and has two lanes of traffic, one in each direction) and continue to your right on to Southwark Street. Pass the Menier Chocolate Factory and The Bunker entrance will be on your left.

On the date of the audio described performance we will be providing transport guides from local transport hubs (London Bridge station, Borough Station, Southwark Station, London Bridge Bus Station). If you would like a transport guide to meet you, it is necessary to let us know in advance, by telephone, on 020 7403 1139, or email [email protected]

The entrance to The Bunker is down a ramp. At the top of the ramp are black metal gates with poster boards on them. The ramp is clad in dark wood, and above the doorway is a light-up Bunker sign (a white triangle with black text saying ‘The Bunker’). Next door to The Bunker is the Menier Chocolate Factory, a five-story former factory built of brick, with stone window surrounds and flower boxes at street level.

The doors to the Bunker are quite heavy wooden doors without windows. These doors will be open ahead of the show. The auditorium, bar and box office, and accessible toilet cubicle can all be accessed step-free.

There is a hand rail in the centre of the entrance ramp. To the right the ramp continues down to a flat area with the Box Office at the bottom, on the back wall facing you as you enter. There is a projection screen above the box office showing information about current and future productions. There is a lamp on the right side of the box office desk, and bench seating to the right of the desk.

To the left of the hand rail there is a step up to a bar. The raised bar area has wooden railway-sleeper walls, and is painted in triangle patterns in the Bunker colours of black, red and sky blue.

Front of House staff wear red ‘staff’ lanyards with blue ID cards.

The Bar and Box Office open an hour before the performance. The doors to the auditorium open no later than ten minutes before the performance. Our bar can get quite busy before the show, and the auditorium will be available as a quiet space from 7pm, until we open the house at 7.20pm.

The bar and box office area have fairly low lighting, with festoon-style bulbs on the ceiling. As we are underground, there are no windows, but there is daylight through the front doors. If it is light outside, the bar area may feel relatively darker.

The entrance corridor to the auditorium is lit by exposed bulbs on your right as you enter, and may feel darker than the bar area. The auditorium is lit by pendant bulbs above the seating banks, and will likely feel brighter than the entrance way. As an intimate space, the bright stage lighting will feel closer than in a bigger auditorium.

The bar and box office will have music playing, and can get particularly busy and loud from around 7.10 until just before the show.

The toilets are located immediately to the right of the front door as you enter the building. These are four gender neutral cubicles, with floor-to-ceiling walls and doors, with two shared sinks. One of these is an accessible cubicle, with its own sink within the cubicle. There are also baby changing facilities in the accessible cubicle.

The entrance to the auditorium is through a door to the left of the box office desk. As you go through this door, turn to the left to follow the corridor. At the end of this short corridor, turn right and go down an interior ramp to stage level. There will be seating banks on the left and the right.

The Bunker auditorium is housed in a former parking garage, and seats 110 audience members.

There are four concrete pillars marking out the corners of the stage. The walls are black, with black carpets. Seating is in a range of colours, including red, blue and yellow upholstered benches, wooden seats and black chairs. The seats do not flip up, and are unallocated so you can sit wherever you like. We may reserve seats for those using Audio Description to ensure the best reception.

There are two banks of seating. At the bottom of the interior ramp, one will be to your left and one will be to your right.

There is (step-free) seating at stage level. The second row to the left is up four steps, and the third row is up a further four. To the right, the second row is up four steps, and then the third, fourth and fifth rows are up a further two steps each.

The auditorium is normally in a horse shoe shape with seating on three sides, however for The Process production the stage left side of the stage has the set constructed on it. The seating bank on the left includes 8 cushioned floor seats. There are steps immediately at the bottom of the ramp on your left to access these seats. Similarly, there are steps immediately on your right to take you to this seating bank.

The Bunker can accommodate up to six wheelchair users at each performance; the wheelchair spaces are positioned in the front row of seating in the venue with excellent views of the stage. We can also arrange spaces for an essential companion (carer or supporter), who will be allocated a free ticket. The Bunker is accessed by two ramps that have a steep incline, and the entrance to the auditorium involves a tight turning circle. Wheelchair users may require assistance to ensure safe and smooth access. There is an accessible toilet adjacent to the entrance of The Bunker as part of the venue’s main toilet block.

Further Information and Contact Details

You are welcome to bring your service dog into the auditorium. We will have water bowls in the bar area at the Audio Described performance. Let us know, and we can reserve an appropriate seat for you. Please contact the team, either by email, [email protected] or by telephone, on 020 7403 1139.

Headsets, free sheets and tickets can all be collected at the Box Office desk. We are a paperless venue, so we use hand stamps rather than traditional paper tickets.

The Theatre uses a radio system for audio description. The radio signal is transmitted across the whole auditorium. Receivers, either stethoscope models, or belt-pack models with separate headphones, will be supplied by the theatre and staff will demonstrate how to use them. You may want to bring your own headphones and request a belt-pack receiver.

If patrons have any questions or require further information before attending the theatre, they can call Front of House Manager Ed Theakston on 020 7403 1139, or speak to any member of the team if Ed is not available.

We offer concession tickets for disabled people.

If you require the assistance of a friend or helper to attend we can make a free ticket available for your companion. If you need to reserve a wheelchair space, please contact us as you are booking your ticket.

Please contact the Box Office on 020 7403 1139 or at [email protected]

to book.

There is a visual guide available herewww.bunkertheatre.com/visiting-us/access-info – that may be useful to familiarise yourself with the venue and prepare for your visit.

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