In the heart of the Cotswolds, at the junction point of three counties and four regions, The Theatre Chipping Norton is a theatre, an arthouse cinema, a gallery and a concert hall.
It is is a mixed arts venue, hosting, co-producing and supporting some of the most exciting, accessible and entertaining arts in the region. It is a resource for the community, but it is also a professional venue, welcoming over 55,000 customer visits every year.
It is something unique, but it is also different things to different people. It is the cause and subject of many arguments and debates, and a fair amount of acclaim and affection.
This fabulous building began life as a Salvation Army Citadel, with the first stones, now visible in the auditorium, being laid in 1888. It continued for some years as a furniture warehouse, before being discovered by two Royal Shakespeare Company actors, Tamara and John Malcolm in 1968.
Fundraising for the new theatre began in earnest in 1973, and the theatre was opened in 1975. In 1996 a major refurbishment was carried out, funded in part by the Arts Council.
The address is The Theatre, 2 Spring Street, Chipping Norton, OX7 5NL. Chipping Norton has several free long stay car parks, which are just a short walk away from The Theatre.
– New Street Car Park (OX7 5NF) – Large long-stay car park with plenty of spaces.
– Albion Street Car Park (OX7 5BJ) – Smaller car park located behind the high street.
There are also free car parking spaces in the main town square (OX7 5NQ), which have time restrictions throughout the day until 6.00pm. Please try and avoid parking on Spring Street itself where possible, as this is a small residential street.
The nearest train stations are Kingham (5 miles away) and Charlbury (6 miles away.) Buses that run through Chipping Norton are the S3 from Oxford; the 488 from Banbury; and the X9 from Witney and Charlbury.
Wheelchair users can access The Theatre through the Bar next to Front of House. Only the stalls have flat floor access – balcony seating can only be accessed via a staircase. There are four designated wheelchair spaces in the auditorium, each with a neighbouring pair of companion seats.
The wheelchair space does not contain a seat, so anyone booking a wheelchair space will not be provided with a seat. The companion seats will be sold to the general public should the event be selling out. These currently must be booked via the Box Office on 01608 642350.
Audience members with limited mobility should mention this to the Box Office at the time of booking so we can help to find you the most accessible seats avaliable. Please note however, that due to limited space any walkers, or other means of assistance (excluding sticks) must be stored in the Bar area.
Blue Badge Parking
The Theatre is situated on Spring Street, a narrow residential road. Unfortunately, due to this there is very limited parking directly outside the building. There are disabled parking bays in the town centre car park, Albion Street car park and New Street car park, all of which are only a short distance away.
The Theatre has a magnetic induction loop that connects to any microphones or speakers for the hard of hearing. There are occasional BSL signed performances of live shows. There are also occasional captioned performances of live shows. Assistance dogs are welcome at The Theatre and can be taken into the auditorium during the performance or looked after by a member of staff.
The Theatre offers occasional audio-described live performances. These performances use a live narrator to describe the action on stage, as well as describing costumes, set and any visual effects.
We offer a range of performances and screenings that are designed for audience members who might find a standard theatre environment stressful or problematic. This might include those living with dementia or autism. For these events the auditorium lights are kept on throughout the performance, the doors remain open, and audience members can feel free to come in and out as they please.
If you have any concerns or particular access issues regarding your visit that you’d like to discuss, please contact The Theatre. Alternatively call the Box Office team on 01608 642350.