With a design inspired by the rolling Chiltern Hills, The Aylesbury Waterside Theatre was opened by Aylesbury Vale District Council in the Buckinghamshire town of Aylesbury in 2010 to replace the old Civic Centre Theatre. Built at a cost of £47 million to designs by Aedas Arts Team, it was officially launched by the late Cilla Black.
With state-of-the-art facilities and a flexible-format auditorium with seating for up to 1,191, the venue presents a dynamic and diverse programme of live performances, including tours of West End musicals, drama, opera, dance, comedy and music. Under the management of the Ambassador Theatre Group from the start, highlights have included Priscilla Queen of the Desert, West Side Story and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels as well as tours from leading theatre companies such as The Globe, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Visitors to the venue should look out for the statue of Ronnie Barker outside the theatre, a fitting tribute to the man who commenced his career in repertory theatre in Aylesbury.
One of the newest venues in the United Kingdom, the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre is operated by the Ambassador Theatre Group
Access booking line: 0800 912 6971
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Visual Story is a visual resource to help visitors become familiar with new surroundings and what to expect. The theatre has many accessible performances and offerings available including Audio Described, Captioned, BSL and Relaxed Performances and Dementia Friendly Screenings. Contact the theatre’s Access Champion to request the Visual Story, find out more about our accessible offerings and to join the Access Membership Scheme where you can book concession tickets online, by phone or in person. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are eight wheelchair positions with companion seats: six in the stalls and two in Circle 1.
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre has an infra-red sound amplification system with headsets and necklaces. The Necklace is suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid and is worn around the neck. Switch your hearing aid to the “T” setting and the sound is amplified. It has an adjustable volume control. The Headset amplifies sound through earpieces similar to regular headphones and is suitable for people without a hearing aid.
Guide, hearing and other working dogs are welcome in all parts of the theatre.
There are separate, accessible toilet facilities located at each of the principal seating levels.
The Chiltern Rail service links Aylesbury with London Marylebone. The town’s station is a five-minute walk from the theatre.
The theatre is within 200 metres of Aylesbury’s main bus station, reached via The Exchange or Walton Street.
There are plenty of car parks nearby Aylesbury Waterside Theatre within easy walking distance of the theatre including a multi-storey car park in Walton Street (for sat navs enter HP21 7QP) and Upper Hundreds car park (use HP20 1AG). The Exchange Street car park is open opposite the theatre but parking is restricted due to works in 2017. Floor 3 of Waterside Car Park (next to Waitrose, use HP20 1AL) is available for theatre patrons.
The theatre is on the corner of Exchange Street and Walton Street.
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 1UG
1,191 seats; Cloakroom; Bars; Café
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