Access

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THEATRE FOR ALL

Malthouse is committed to ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the performances and programs we offer. On this page you will find information about our access services. Information is updated regularly.  

For more information about access services, or assistance with booking, please email boxoffice@malthousetheatre.com.au or call (03) 9685 5111. 

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS

The Malthouse—home of Malthouse Theatre—houses two indoor theatres, an outdoor stage, rehearsal studios, meeting rooms, a bar, and a cafe. Wherever possible, we aim to make our spaces wheelchair accessible. Below you will find information about the wheelchair access for each of the spaces.   

We have permanent spaces in our Merlyn, Beckett and Tower Theatres dedicated to patrons using a wheelchair. Please contact the Box Office or fill out this online form here to let us know your requirements when booking. 

MALTHOUSE OUTDOOR STAGE (COURTYARD)  

Wheelchair access is available for tables marked FLAT. Please note, tables marked as BAR STOOL and PIT are NOT appropriate for patrons with accessibility requirements.  

GROUND FLOOR 

Ground floor of The Malthouse is accessible by wheelchair (enter via the ramp near the Box Office). The Merlyn and Beckett TheatreMALT Kitchen & PantryBox Office, Bar and bathrooms are all located on the ground floor.   

LEVEL 1 

The Bagging Room, Playbox Room and Tower can be accessed by lift. Our Front of House staff can provide access to the lift if you require.  

The administration area and Hoopla Room are not accessible by wheelchair.  

AUSLAN INTERPRETED & CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES

Malthouse Theatre works in partnership with Auslan Stage Left to provide Auslan interpretation for a number of performances and events across the year. Seats near the interpreter are held for those who require them. You can book these seats online by using the code AUSLAN at checkout, or by contacting the Box Office. 

For our upcoming productions, the following performances will be interpreted or captioned: 

AUSLAN INTERPRETED

S.S. Metaphor
8.30pm, Thursday 16 December

CAPTIONED

CHASE  
Tuesday 8 – Sunday 13 March 2022
All performances of this production will be captioned using an on stage screen.  

*This list is regularly updated with new performances. 

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES

In partnership with Description Victoria, Malthouse provides audio description for a number of performances across the year.   

Specially designed for people who are blind or have low vision, these performances feature descriptions of visual elements in the production made available in a variety of formats including pre-show notes and live description of the action. In addition, a tactile tour of the stage or a preshow foyer briefing with key props and costumes will be available one hour prior to each described performance.

You can book these seats by using the code AUDIO at checkout, or by contacting the Box Office.  

Please check back for updates on which performances will be Audio Described in 2022.

Listen to Description Victoria's 2020 Venue Guide by Will McRostie here.  

RELAXED PERFORMANCES

Relaxed Performances are for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment—this can include but is not limited to people with autism, sensory sensitivities, learning disabilities, dementia as well as those living with anxiety or who have experienced trauma. Our Relaxed Performances focus on adapting the theatre environment and preparing the audience by developing preshow resources. Lighting and sound may be adjusted, and the doors will remain open to allow patrons to take a break in a designated quiet area. 

HEARING ASSISTANCE  

Malthouse offers a Hearing Assistance System which allows patrons using a hearing aid to tune into the frequency of that venue. For patrons without a hearing aid, we offer a similar system and provide the patron with headphones. These systems are available for all mainstage performances in the Merlyn and Beckett Theatre.

Hearing assistance is currently unavailable for Malthouse Outdoor Stage. 

COMPANION CARD  

The Companion Card has been developed by the Victorian Network on Recreation and Disability (VICNORD). It admits carers to shows as complimentary guests. To make an enquiry, please contact our Box Office team here.  

For more information about access services, or assistance with booking, please email boxoffice@malthousetheatre.com.au or call (03) 9685 5111.