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Barbican Access Tickets for Hamlet: Clarifications and FOI requests

Hello again, everyone. Many thanks to all of you that read and commented on my last blog on Barbican’s access arrangements for Hamlet, either here or on Twitter. The blog generated a lot of discussion, mostly on twitter, and there are some interesting comments on the blog too. I’ll draw your attention to the comment from Alice, who is a wheelchair user and had an easier time getting tickets, which demonstrates some of the inequalities... 
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Barbican Access Tickets for Hamlet: Jumping Through Hoops!

The Barbican’s official Hamlet poster. Credit: Barbican Hello readers, Samantha here, It’s been a good while since I blogged here, and I’m very behind on writing about a number of things. But this one jumped the queue…. I’ve tried to get access tickets for the Barbican in London before, but had difficulty obtaining their access rate. In 2013, I was offered discounted tickets for the audio described performance of A Midsummer... 
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Punchdrunk and National Theatre: The Drowned Man. So Near, and Yet, So Far

Hello dear readers, it’s me again, Samantha. I have a lot of catching up to do here. I have a list of blogs to write, most of them positive. This one has skipped to the front of the list. It was so, so nearly a hugely positive post, it really was.  So near, and yet, so far…. *sigh*. I’ve blogged about access at the National Theatre and Punchdrunk before. Both were really positive experiences, so I had high hopes for their joint... 
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National Theatre: Accessibility Experts

I wanted to share another example of how powerful it can be when accessibility is done right… Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to be able to see Frankenstein at the National Theatre. In fact, I was lucky enough to see it twice. The leads, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternated the roles of the Creature and Victor Frankenstein. The National do some great accessibility stuff, signed performances, audio described performances,... 
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Access Fail for See Tickets, for Derren Brown at the Shaftesbury Theatre

UPDATE: Thursday 9th June. I called back during office hours, only to get through to See Tickets hold music once again. After a wait, I again explained what I needed, and was told they weren’t able to help. I was given another number for See Tickets Access Team. Another call, more hold music…when I finally got through to someone, I was told See didn’t handle access bookings for this show, the theatre did. I was given YET ANOTHER... 
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