The Comedy Theatre is a venue for everyone and we work hard to make our shows and events safe and accessible for all. We’ve put together the below information about the venue but if there is anything missing or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
For details regarding upcoming accessible performance you can visit our Accessible Performances page.
- Accessibility Bookings
Accessible tickets for shows at the Comedy Theatre can be purchased by calling us on 1300 11 10 11 (option 2), Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm or by sending us a request HERE.
Our phone lines are also open for assistance with weekend performances from 2 hours prior to the first show on Saturday and Sundays.
Tickets are also available from the Regent Theatre box office located at 191 Collins Street, Melbourne (accessible via stairs only) from Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm, and 90 minutes prior to performances.
For in person bookings with wheelchair access please visit Her Majesty’s Theatre box office located at 225 Exhibition Street, Melbourne and open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Online accessible bookings are also now available for our events. Please click here to find out more.
To arrange a Companion Card ticket or wheelchair seat please call 1300 11 10 11 (option 2) or send us a request HERE.
- Companion Cards
Companion Cards are accepted for all performances at the Comedy Theatre and can be booked directly with the Box Office on 1300 11 10 11 (option 2). Companion Card tickets can only be collected from the Box Office from an hour prior to the performance. The Companion Card must be presented before tickets can be handed to the patron.
- Arriving at the Comedy Theatre
Entry to the Comedy Theatre is via Exhibition Street. There are several glass doors that remain open pre-show and during interval. There is a small step to access these doors, which as you move away from Lonsdale Street is reduced to a small lip. Ramp access can be provided by Front of House or Security upon request. A member of staff will be able to assist you upon arrival at the theatre.
A Front of House staff member will scan your ticket at the inner glass doors of the theatre.
The Box Office is located to the left of the front doors on Exhibition Street and can also be accessed once inside the foyers via the left-hand Stalls bar. It is visibly signed and has a counter 1m high.
Stalls: The Stalls foyer is carpeted all the way through to the auditorium. There is limited seating available at Stalls level.
Toilets and bars are available on this level. Merchandise is typically available on this level; however availability and location may vary with each production.
Dress Circle: The Dress Circle foyer is large and carpeted. Please note there is no lift access to the Dress Circle. Access is via two large staircases with handrails, with 19 stairs each. There is limited seating available in the Dress Circle foyer.
A bar and toilets are available at this level.
The Comedy Theatre is a fully seated venue over two levels. All seats fold down and forward, leaving more room between rows when seats are unoccupied.
Stalls: There are no steps from the foyer into the Stalls auditorium. Seating is mildly raked. There are two central aisles and two outside aisles until Row F, providing plenty of aisle seats. Rows A – E have outside aisles only. There are no handrails within the Stalls aisles. Stalls seating is staggered to provide the best possible sightlines.
Although the aisles themselves are slightly raked, the back seating Rows P – R have two small steps into them, and Rows O – N have one small step into them, providing a level footing surface for patrons.
From the back four rows (Row O – Row R), view of the stage may be affected by the Dress Circle overhang. The Dress Circle overhang is less pronounced in the Comedy Theatre than in other venues.
Dress Circle: On the right and left of the Dress Circle foyer, a set of stairs with 14 stairs and handrails lead into the auditorium. These steps come out onto a landing that becomes Row E. Rows A – D are accessible via an outside aisle, with up to 12 stairs down to Row A, a handrail and a segmented handrail. Rows E – M are accessible via two stepped central aisles with segmented handrails. There are 24 stairs to the back row (Row M).
Seating within the Dress Circle is quite steeply tiered, and Rows E – M may not be suitable for patrons with vertigo.
There is no lift access to the Dress Circle at the Comedy Theatre.
Stalls: The Female toilets are located on the right-hand side upon entry to the foyer, down a hallway next to the smaller bar. The Male toilets are located to the left, past the larger bar and through a doorway. The toilets on this level don’t require any stairs to access.
Dress Circle: The Female toilets are located toward the right-hand side of the Dress Circle foyer, indicated by a sign which says ‘Ladies Cloak Room’. There are five stairs with a handrail to access the toilets. There are a large number of Female toilet stalls available in the Dress Circle.
The Male toilets are located on the left-hand side of the Dress Circle foyer, through a doorway with a sign above that says “Gentlemen’s Smoking Room”. There are urinals and stalls available.
Accessible & Gender Neutral: There is a unisex accessible toilet located in the Stalls inner foyer. It is located through the Stalls foyer on the far-right hand side, opposite the Door 4 entry to the auditorium. There is a clearly visible sign above the door. It is a Left-Hand Side accessible toilet.
Infant change facilities: The Comedy Theatre does not have infant change facilities.
Adult change facilities: The Comedy Theatre does not have an accessible adult change facility within the venue. Please visit https://changingplaces.org.au/find-a-toilet/find-changing-places-toilet/ for information on the nearest public adult change facility.
- Theatre Bars
Stalls:There are two bars on the Stalls level – one to the left of the entry doors, and a smaller bar located to the right. Both bars have quite high counters.
There is also a bar located inside the Stalls auditorium, on the far left-hand side, inside Door 1.
Dress Circle:There is a bar available on the Dress Circle level. The counter is around 1.1m high.
The location of merchandise stalls may vary between shows. The standard location is within the inner Stalls foyer, immediately beyond the internal glass doors.
There is low lighting in the venue as needed for shows. All walkways and aisles are clearly marked, however if you have low vision and need assistance, please let us know, our staff will be happy to help.
We will always try and make sure there is signage for any shows with strobe lighting, however this may not always be possible. If you have any concerns about strobe or flash lighting for any show you are attending, please contact us or speak to a Front of House staff member within the venue, and we will do our best to give you as much information as we can.
- Facilities for hard of hearing or deaf patrons
Assistive Listening Devices: The Comedy Theatre provides personal induction neck loops free of charge from the cloakroom, located at the Box Office. Patrons with hearing aids can utilise neckloops by switching the “T” Switch, or Telecoil position. We can also provide headsets for those without compatible hearing aids or who may prefer headsets.
Our Assistive Listening Devices are compatible with standard 3.5mm headphone jacks if patrons wish to bring their own headsets.
We aim to do our best and ensure patrons using Assistive Listening Devices can fully experience the show. If there are any issues with a device, please see a Front of House staff member for assistance.
AUSLAN Interpreted and Captioned Performances: Some productions will schedule captioned and/or AUSLAN interpreted performances. To book seats with the best view of the interpreter or captioning monitor, a unique ticketing link will often be available via AUSLAN Stage Left’s webpage or can be booked by emailing us at [email protected].
- Facilities for people with mobility impairments
Patrons with mobility impairments are strongly advised to book Stalls seating. There is no lift access to the Dress Circle. Frames and crutches are stored in the foyer or in the cloakroom, and returned at interval and conclusion of performances. Patrons are advised of the storage area, and all items are marked with the patron’s row and seat number.
- Facilities for wheelchair users
There are three wheelchair positions at the Comedy Theatre, each with associated companion seats. These seats allocated for the wheelchair position are removable if a patron prefers to remain in a wheelchair or can remain in situ if they prefer to transfer to a theatre seat. Please indicate preference when booking.
Patrons should direct booking enquiries for wheelchair positions to Box Office on 1300 11 10 11 (option 2) or email us at [email protected]. Wheelchair positions can also be booked in person at the Regent Theatre Box Office (accessible via stairs only) Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm, or the Comedy Theatre Box Office 90 minutes prior to performances.
Wheelchair entry to the theatre is via ramp that is placed toward the right of the frontage, away from Lonsdale Street. Once inside the foyer, there are no stairs through to the auditorium.
- Facilities for people with low vision or blindness
Seats close to the stage can be requested when booking tickets. Please book through Box Office on 1300 11 10 11 (option 2) or by emailing [email protected].
Some shows have audio described performances – please check the show information page for a booking link. For further information, direct enquiries to Vision Australia.
- Support animals and guide dogs
Support and assistance animals are welcome at the Comedy Theatre. We encourage you to contact the Box Office on 1300 11 10 11 prior to the show so we can arrange assistance with entry if required.
Please be aware that the venue can be a noisy and busy environment, so you may want to consider the use of an alternative aid when attending a show.
Water bowls can be provided for Guide Dogs upon request.
- Quiet spaces
The Comedy Theatre does not have a dedicated quiet space. During the show, the foyers are quiet, well-lit and have seating available. Patrons with sensory sensitivities may find the theatrical experience overwhelming. There are aisle seats available for booking in case a quick exit is required. Please call Box Office on 1300 11 10 11 (option 2) or email[email protected] for assistance booking.
Please note that once exiting the auditorium, patrons may have to wait until a suitable break in the performance to be re-admitted to their seats.
The Comedy Theatre currently has soft, in-ear earplugs available for patrons upon request. Ask a Front of House staff member for assistance.
The Comedy Theatre does not have a stage view monitor available in the foyer.
- Feedback and suggestions
If you have any questions or specific needs, please let us know.
When at the venue, please speak to any of our venue staff who are always happy to assist.
If you have any suggestions for what we could do better, or a general enquiry, please email us at [email protected].