31 Shaftesbury Avenue
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Access/ How to Get There
Shaftesbury Avenue is famous for featuring a host of West End theatres and this means that the Apollo Theatre is located right next to others such as the Lyric Theatre, the Gielgud Theatre and the Queen’s Theatre. Meanwhile, other theatres nearby include the Piccadilly Theatre, the Prince of Wales Theatre, Palace Theatre and the Ambassadors Theatre. The usual amenities, such as shops, restaurants and bars, can also be found in the local area near the venue.
For those arriving at the Apollo by train, the nearest railway station takes the form of Charing Cross. Then, if the London underground is utilised to get to the venue itself, the nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus followed by Leicester Square. Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road are also within relative proximity.
As public transport is the best way of travelling in the centre of London, audiences may also choose to travel by bus, in which case a number of services operate in the area. Then if patrons choose to travel by car, there is an NCP at Newport Place and Denman Street, plus council-run car parks at Poland Street and China Town. Two parking bays can also be accessed on Winnett Street.
In terms of disabled access, there is an entrance for wheelchair users on Shaftesbury Avenue, though visitors must arrive by the Main Entrance and seek the assistance of a member of staff. A platform lift then grants access to the stalls in the auditorium. During the show wheelchair users may use spaces at F1 and G1 in the stalls, with transfer seats also available (such as E1, H1 and J1, though there various others as well. Wheelchairs are then stores near the auditorium). Unfortunately the Apollo is not suited to visitors using scooters.
For those that are hard-of-hearing there is a Sennheiser infra-red system in place, with a deposit required to pick up one of the limited number of headsets (the front three rows in the Stalls are unsuitable for these headsets). For visually impaired guests, guide dogs are permitted inside the auditorium or, alternatively, can be looked after by a member of staff (two dogs max).
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