Kiln Theatre & Cinema has been voted one of the Top Ten Most Accessible Venues in West London by the Octavia Foundation.
If you have any questions about any of our services, would like to join our mailing list or need assistance in arranging your visit please get in touch
Phone 020 7625 0138
Kiln Theatre offers one complimentary Personal Assistant ticket to those accompanying someone with access needs. Our definition of a Personal Assistant is someone whom you require to assist you in order to facilitate your visit to Kiln Theatre and without whom you would be unable to attend.
Book online access seats
- Create an account online (or log in to your existing account).
- Navigate to the ‘Other Preferences’ tab and tick the relevant ‘Access Requirements’.
- Choose the performance you would like to attend.
- You will see relevent access seats based on your requirements; they will appear as either stars or wheelchair icons.
- Hover your mouse over each seat for more information.
- Complete the booking and collect your tickets at the box office as usual.
Getting to Kiln Theatre
Both the Kilburn High Road entrance and the Buckley Road entrance are fully accessible.
Kilburn Station, on the Jubilee line, is 500 metres from Kiln Theatre. It is fully accessible and the journey down the High Road is step free.
Kiln Theatre is served by buses 16, 31, 32, 98, 189, 206, 316, 328 and 332.
There is a disabled bay outside the Kilburn High Road entrance, and there are blue badge parking spaces (two bays) directly outside Kiln Theatre’s entrance on Buckley Road. There is level access through both entrances to the foyer/ bar/ cafe and box offices for the Cinema and Theatre.
Parking is also available on the adjacent side streets. Parking is controlled between the hours of 8.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday, including Bank Holidays. There is a two hour maximum stay, and no return within two hours.
Getting Around Kiln Theatre
The main entrance on Kilburn High Road has a gently sloping, ascending ramp which provides level access to the theatre, bar, café, Box Office and toilets. All toilets are wheelchair accessible.
We have two specifically adapted accessible toilet which can be opened with a RADAR key, or find a member of staff who can assist you.
To order your own RADAR key, click here .
The Buckley Road entrance provides level access to the Box Office, and there is a lift providing access to the cinema on the lower level, which also houses a wheelchair accessible toilet fitted with emergency pull cord.
The stalls in the theatre auditorium and the cinema have step free access. The circle in the theatre auditorium is accessible via stairs only.
Kiln Theatre offers at least three wheelchair seats for any theatre performance. One of the wheelchair seats is permanently fixed (X1), with the remaining two being removable (Stalls K1 and K14). These seats are level access and can be accessed by either stalls entrance.
Access to the Kiln Cinema’s two cinema wheelchair spaces is by lift from the main cinema foyer.
As always, please ask staff for assistance.
Assistance dogs are always welcome. If you are planning a visit please call and speak to a member of our team before you book your ticket, we can advise on the best place to sit and also advise about any special effects during the production that might affect your dog. Alternatively, our front-of-house team will be happy to look after your dog during the performance.
Audio Described Performances and Touch Tours
Audio Description is a way of capturing the visual elements of a live performance including description of the set, costumes, props, the actors’ facial expressions and body language, and therefore provides access to those who are blind and partially sighted.
Descriptions are relayed via an infrared hearing system to a headset, which can be collected from the Box Office upon arrival. For most productions he infrared hearing system is strongest in rows B to J, so we recommend booking your tickets for this area if you intend to make use of Audio Description.
Note that we ask for a £10 refundable deposit for the headsets used during Audio Described performances. This will be repaid in full when the intact headset is returned to us. Please speak to the Box Office for more information.
In addition to the audio described performance, Kiln Theatre offers a free Touch Tour of the set before the show. This is led by the audio describers and members of staff from Kiln Theatre. This will ensure that patrons are able to know the size of the space, the relationship between different areas or pieces of furniture on stage, colours, patterns, and textures.
If you wish to attend the Touch Tour, please inform the Box Office when making your booking, who will be able to give you more information. Guide dogs are welcome in the building and can be looked after by one of our ushers during the performance. If your dog needs to be with you at all times please speak to the box office when booking your ticket, or call 0207 625 0138, or email access@KilnTheatre.com to discuss your requirements.
Captioned performances have subtitles on screens at the front of the auditorium so that deaf and hard of hearing, or anyone that would like to read along, can also enjoy the performance. Captions also include sound effects, offstage noises and character names. The best view of captions is from the first row of the circle. They are not visible from the first few few rows of the stalls.
Relaxed Performances are specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. For further info on what to expect, check the individual shows below.
Check back for the dates of future Relaxed Performances
Subtitled Cinema Screenings
Our cinema holds subtitled or captioned screenings for deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays when possible. These are usually captioned versions of our main film that week, but where these aren’t available then we may show an alternative film. Visit Cinema Listings to see which subtitled screenings are coming up.