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For people with visual impairments

This venue is committed to access like no other

Tim Calvert, A View on Access on RNIB Connect Radio, August 2019

Running times and performance information is available on a recorded phone message or via the Box Office. Please call 01243 781312 for more details.

Braille is available on all row ends and numbers on individual seats in the Festival Theatre. Braille and large print cast lists are available for all Festival productions.

We are able to provide seasonal brochures in large print and on audio CD upon request. Audio brochures are also available on Soundcloud. Please email access@cft.org.uk for more information.

Audio described performances

These performances make productions more accessible to blind and visually impaired people by providing live narration from a friendly voice through headphones. 

The description often includes changes of location, actions, facial expressions and gestures, giving context and setting the scene. This narration is fitted between dialogue to avoid interrupting the flow of the production. Using discreet headphones means the performance is unaffected and suitable for all. 

Free headsets are available at the cloakrooms in the Festival Theatre and outside the Minerva Theatre auditorium.

View audio described performances

If you are unable to attend on these dates, we may be able to arrange an alternative; please contact the House Manager for more information.

The audio description was so good that it did not make the slightest difference that I could not see a thing that was happening on the stage!

A Midhurst 4Sight Vision Support member, 2018
Touch Tours

Enable customers to explore the set, props and costumes used within specific productions. These take place 90 minutes before a described performance and last approximately 30 minutes. 

We also offer customers the chance to explore the theatres, although some backstage areas are inaccessible due to the nature of the buildings.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer Touch Tours for Autumn 2020. 

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Assistance dogs

Hearing and guide dogs are welcome in both theatres, but please inform the Box Office when booking as spaces are limited. For customers not wishing to take their dog into the auditorium, theatre staff are available to ensure they are well looked after during the performance.