Autistic Spectrum and Sensory and Communication DifficultiesThe theatre can often be a crowded and scary place to be for patrons on the Autistic Spectrum or with Sensory and Communication Difficulties. To help you prepare for your visit, we have a ‘Visual Story’ that we can send to you which describes your visit to the theatre in detail from the minute you step off the tube to you leaving the venue at the end of your visit. Please also let the Box office know if you would like an aisle seat or to be near an exit so should you need to leave the auditorium for any reason during the show, you can easily do so.
Did you also know that 70% of disabilities are not visible? If you think that you would benefit from the access services that we offer, please get in touch and we will do what we can to assist you.Please contact Access Champion Steph Lock to request the Visual Story.
Epilepsy or Seizures
Please note that loud noises, flashing lights, smoke effects and strobe lighting feature in the production. We do have a document outlining when these moments happen. Please let the Box Office know upon booking if you would like a copy.
The Apollo Victoria Theatre is directly opposite London Victoria train station. Level access into the venue from Victoria station is via a short walk around the building to our Vauxhall Bridge Road entrance where there is a platform lift. Alternatively, you may find it easier to use our Wilton Road entrance to the Theatre with access via 4 steps. For level access, please use our Vauxhall Bridge Road entrance.
Bus stops are opposite the Wilton Road entrance to the theatre with some via Victoria Station.
We do not have a Theatre Car Park here at The Apollo Victoria, the closest public car park is Q Park in Pimlico which is a 15 minute walk away.
There are limited parking facilities in Victoria for those with the disabled "blue badge". The closest bays to the theatre are Grosvenor Gardens, Carlisle Place and further along Wilton Road. However, please use the search tool below as from time to time the location of disabled parking bays can change: https://www.westminster.gov.uk/where-you-can-park-disabled-badge .
The Apollo Victoria Theatre has 4 wheelchair bays located at either end of Row F in the Circle. These are accessed via 2 platform lifts via our Vauxhall Bridge Road entrance; one from street level to foyer and one from the foyer to the circle.
Wheelchair users wishing to use the platform lifts are kindly asked to check that their chair does not exceed the following maximum weight and dimensions:
29 inches/74cm width
33 inches/85cm length
31stone/ 200kg (wheelchair and patron combined)
If your wheelchair exceeds the dimensions and/or weight above, please call the box office on 0207 828 7074 to discuss alternative options.
If you require lift access, please aim to arrive 30-45 minutes before the performance starts at our Vauxhall Bridge Road entrance. Please notify a member of the Front of House team of your arrival and they will call for the Access Host, who will organise operation of the lifts for you. Please try to arrive on time as the lift cannot be operated during the performance.
Please note, any patrons wishing to use the lifts must contact the box office in advance on 0207 828 7074.
Should you wish to arrive in a wheelchair and transfer into a theatre seat, we can store your wheelchair in a nearby location to be brought to you when required.
Our accessible toilet can be found in the main foyer near the cloakroom. Access to this toilet is step free once inside the foyer. Male and female toilets can also be found in the Circle at either end of row F and are accessed via 3 steps once inside the auditorium. Other toilets in the venue can be found in the Stalls and on either side of The Elixir Bar.
The bar and merchandise counters are not low level, however, drinks, snacks and merchandise orders can be taken at seats and brought over by staff.
For patrons with limited mobility, we advise Circle Rows A-F for the least steps. Please click here for a detailed step guide.
If you wish to make your visit more special, we also have an Ambassador lounge available to book which is level access and can be found as you enter the theatre via the Vauxhall Bridge Road entrance in the main foyer. Please click here for more information.
The Apollo Victoria auditorium is equipped with Sennheiser MobileConnect WiFi sound amplification system. MobileConnect uses WiFi to deliver superior quality audio to a smart device such as an iPod or iPhone, either through headphones or via a necklace for hearing aid users. The sound levels can be adjusted on your device to suit your needs and our access host will be happy to assist you with this. Devices can be booked via the box office in advance, borrowed on the day, or alternatively patrons can download the Sennheiser MobileConnect app and use their own device.
Although we have devices to borrow, we do recommend that patrons download the app so as not to miss out if we run out. Patrons are advised to book Stalls A-P for the best signal.
Induction Loop Necklace
Suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid, the induction loop necklace is worn around the neck. Whilst wearing the necklace switch your hearing aid to the 'T' setting and the sound is amplified.
Sound is amplified sound through headphones. Suitable for persons without a hearing aid.
We also regularly schedule Captioned and Signed Performances. We set a limited amount of seats aside for these performances so please book in advance for the best availability. Please see above/below for dates and times.
Guide dogs are welcome at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, and can either be taken into the auditorium or we are more than happy to look after your dog for you during the performance. Please inform the Box Office at the time of booking if you wish to bring a guide dog.
We regularly schedule Audio Described performances, please check below for dates and times. Audio description is a live verbal commentary on the visual elements of a production, delivered throughout the performance via a discreet headset. We also offer a touch tour which takes place prior to the show so patrons can familiarise themselves with the set and some of the props and costumes. One week before the performance, those who have pre-booked will also receive a recording with detailed information about the show.
The theatre currently has a limited number of large print and Braille programmes available, please request this at the time of booking if you would like a copy.