Bard on the Beach is committed to making theatre accessible to everyone by removing social, physical and financial barriers wherever possible.
Each year, we re-build our site and we ask ourselves: how can we improve accessibility for all our patrons, new and returning, and ensure that we offer the services and support required to make each unique individual’s visit to Bard on the Beach memorable and enjoyable?
Discover more about our accessibility services and programs below.
Special Access Seating
Our Mainstage Theatre Tent and Douglas Campbell Theatre Tent are both accessible by wheelchair. If you or anyone in your group have mobility issues or concerns, require special access seating, or have a certified service dog, please contact the Box Office at 604.739.0559 to reserve seats.
If you are attending one of our performances on either the BMO Mainstage or the Howard Family Stage, we have a limited number of assistive listening systems available. The hearing assists are an FM frequency system that will enhance the actors’ speech on stage. Any regular (low impedance mono) earphones, headphones, neckloops and telecoil loops can be plugged into the receiver. Please ask the Audience Services desk for assistance in the Village starting one hour prior to the start of the performance. Hearing assists are loaned out on a first-come; first-served basis.
We’ve partnered with VocalEye, a Vancouver non-profit that provides live-audio description of the visual elements of the performance to patrons who are blind or have low vision.
VocalEye described services will be offered for select matinees and evening performances on the BMO Mainstage, for those who are blind, partially sighted and visually impaired.
Special Pricing | Contact the Box Office at 604.739.0559 for more information.
Relaxed Performances are for everyone – as we welcome people into our theatre who may benefit from a more casual environment. We have a more relaxed attitude about how our audience experiences the performance, and we ask all audience members to be aware of people’s needs to move or make noise. There might be small adjustments to the lighting, sound, or other effects; however the artistic excellence of the production and the director’s vision remain the same. Relaxed Performances also offer a good introductory experience if you’re attending Bard for the first time.
Please note: infants and children under 6 will not be admitted.
Community Access Tickets
Our Community Access program partners with organizations in order to provide complimentary tickets to groups that otherwise face barriers to attending our Festival. To learn more about the program and to submit a request, please visit our Community Access Tickets page.
Know an organization that you think would benefit from receiving Community Access tickets? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.