ACCESS – THEATRE
Little Angel Theatre welcomes everyone. We aim to make our buildings, performances, workshops and activities as accessible as possible. Below is some information to make your visit to the theatre as easy and enjoyable as possible.
If you have any questions regarding access at our theatre, you can get in touch with us via phone or email:
020 7226 1787
Click here to download a PDF version of this access guide.
Please note this is an access guide for our theatre. If you are attending a performance at our Studios, please visit the Studios access page.
The theatre is located on Dagmar Passage, N1 2DN.
On street parking is very limited in the areas surrounding the theatre.
However, in Islington Blue Badge holders can park on a single yellow line for up to three hours. All vehicles can park on a single yellow line after 1.30pm on Saturdays and all day on Sundays.
There is a designated disabled parking bay on Theberton Street (approx. 300m away) where Blue Badge holders can park for an unlimited time. There are a number of parking bays on Upper Street, opposite Nando’s (approx. 400m away), which are free for Blue Badge holders until 4pm Monday-Saturday.
The closest car park is at Angel Central, 21 Parkfield Street, N1 0BS (approx. 800m away) which has 100 spaces.
The closest drop off point is on Cross Street (N1 2BB), where there is a dropped kerb and easy access along Dagmar Passage to the theatre entrance.
By tube or train
The closest stations are Angel (Northern Line), Highbury and Islington (Victoria Line, Overground, National Rail) and Essex Road (National Rail).
Angel and Essex Road have no step free access.
Highbury & Islington has step free access from the platform to the street.
The closest station with step free access from train to street is King’s Cross St Pancras (Victoria, Piccadilly, Northern, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith and City lines) from where you can catch the 476, 73 0r 30 bus to the theatre.
Bus routes 4, 19, 30, 43, and 236a (Sundays only) to Upper Street. Alight at St Mary’s Church.
Bus routes 38, 56, 73, 341 to Essex Road. Alight at Packington Street.
Both bus stops are less than 200 metres from our venue.
The Theatre is wheelchair accessible via a ramp in the entrance. Our foyer, Box Office, shop, toilets and auditorium space are all on the ground floor.
The theatre auditorium seats 93 people and can accommodate 2 wheelchair users.
Unfortunately our workshop is not wheelchair accessible.
Doors to the theatre open 30 minutes prior to each performance start time. Outside of these times, from 10am-5pm weekdays / 4pm weekends, our Box Office is open but access may require pressing a buzzer located 1400mm from floor level.
The dimensions of the disabled toilet are: 1.35m x 1.45m.
Please note that, other than designated wheelchair spaces, seating for our performances is unallocated. This is to ensure that everyone has a good view of the stage, especially the children. If you need to reserve certain seats which are more accessible for you, for example if you are visually impaired, hard of hearing, or have a mobility issue which means you would be more comfortable in an aisle seat, please contact our Box Office.
Please note that wheelchair spaces can only be booked with Box Office by phone or in person, because we need to take extra seats off sale. For other access requirements, you can book tickets online if you prefer, but you will still need to contact Box Office in advance of the show to reserve seats.
Please contact us for more information about our Hearing Loop.
We welcome assistance dogs. Although it is not possible to take assistance dogs into our auditorium or studio space, our Front of House staff will be more than happy to look after your dog in the foyer area whilst you are watching the show. It would be helpful if you could let us know in advance of your visit if you would like us to do this.
Our Performances and Activities
For most of our in-house productions one performance is scheduled as a Relaxed Performance. Relaxed Performances are advertised in our season brochure and on our website. Tickets for Relaxed Performances are £5 per person.
Relaxed Performances are provided for people who would benefit from a more relaxed environment, or are uncomfortable with sudden lighting changes or loud noises, including those with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory or communication needs or a learning disability. During these performances we have fewer people in the audience and may adapt the show to lower the sound levels and keep the lighting at a higher level so that you are not sitting in darkness.
If you require a friend or assistant to sign for you, this is a good performance to come to due to the higher lighting levels.
We want to ensure that our tickets for Relaxed Performances are kept for those who need them, so they are not available to book online. To book tickets for a Relaxed Performance please call the Box Office on 020 7226 1787.
If you would like more information about our Relaxed Performances, or would like to receive regular updates about when they are scheduled, please email email@example.com
“The staff were lovely and our son really enjoyed the show. We were less anxious about how he might react because we had the visual story in advance and knew it was okay if he needed to step out for a bit” – Audience feedback
Upcoming relaxed performances:
The Dong with a Luminous Nose: Saturday 26 October, 2.15pm
The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat: Saturday 9 November, 2pm
The Pixie and the Pudding: Saturday 14 December, 2pm
Me…: Saturday 11 January, 1pm
D/deaf friendly productions:
Puppetry is a highly visual art form. Our productions are categorised as D/deaf friendly if they use little or no verbal language and if the story can be understood equally by D/deaf and hearing audiences.
Upcoming D/deaf friendly productions:
The Bed, baby version, 12 September – 6 October
The Bed, toddler version, 12 September – 6 October
The Dong with a Luminous Nose, 14 September – 10 November
Me…, 29 November – 2 February
Visual stories are a visual resource for children and young adults with Autism, Aspergers, Sensory Processing Disorder and associated conditions. These resources are intended to help prepare any visitors for a new experience and to help them to become familiar with the surroundings and situation.
For a general introduction to the theatre building and what will happen on your visit download our Little Angel Visual Story
Visual Stories for Current Shows:
We also create Visual Stories for each of our in-house productions. We publish these Visual Stories as soon as possible, and they are always made available in advance of our Relaxed Performances.
If you would like to see Visual Stories for any of our past shows, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spectrum Youth Theatre
Spectrum Youth Theatre is a weekly creative club for 11-18 year olds with high functioning autism. Participants work with professional puppeteers and theatre makers to devise and perform their own production, usually performed in the Spring Term.
You can find out more about joining Spectrum here.
For most of our performances, we offer concessionary rates for disabled people (please note that some productions may have different pricing structures, and for some performances tickets are all one price). If there is a disabled child in your party, an accompanying adult can book a concession ticket as their carer. Free personal assistant tickets are available for adults who require somebody to accompany them
These tickets are available to book online, put please note:
- If you are booking a personal assistant ticket for the first time, you will need to contact the Box Office so we can add a note to your account. After this you will be able to book online. The personal assistant ticket appears with a cost online, but when you are logged in with an eligible account, it will automatically become a free ticket before you are asked to enter payment details.
- If you require a wheelchair space in the auditorium you need to book by phone or in person (this is because we need to take extra seats off sale, which is not currently possible with online booking).
- For other seating requirements, you can book tickets online if you prefer, but need to contact Box Office in advance of the performance to reserve seats. You can do this by phone or by email.
For our workshops, courses and classes, we offer a concessionary rate for disabled people. For termly courses, to qualify for this concession you will need to fill out a Concessions declaration form, available to download here.
We have written a blog post on how to access cheaper tickets to our theatre, which you can read here.