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 of The Taming of the Shrew and Shakespeare in Love on the BMO Mainstage, for those who are blind, partially sighted and visually impaired.
The Taming of the Shrew – July 21 at 2pm and August 10 at 7:30pm
Shakespeare in Love – July 20 at 7:30pm and August 11 at 2pm
Special Pricing | Contact the Box Office at 604.739.0559 for more information and to book.
Relaxed Performances are for everyone! They are adapted to welcome patrons who might benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment, including (but not limited to) people on the autism spectrum and people with sensory and communication disorders or learning disabilities. There is a relaxed attitude towards noise and movement made by the audience and small changes might be made to lighting, sound and other potentially startling effects. Please note: infants and children under 6 will not be admitted.
There will be a Relaxed Performance of The Taming of the Shrew on Sunday, September 8 at 2pm.
Please call the Box Office at 604.739.0559 for more information.
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.
Coming Soon: Accessibility Symposium
THEATRE AND ACCESSIBILITY IN A DIGITAL WORLD
October 21 & 22, 2019
BMO Theatre Centre
162 West 1st Avenue
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in partnership with The Arts Club Theatre Company are pleased to host a 2-day symposium exploring how digital technology and accessibility intersect in the world of theatre. Save the date! More details to be announced soon.
Accessible Performances are generously supported by