A bridge to the arts for all

As a focal point for the city, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival is committed to reaching and inspiring as many people as possible through creativity and the arts.

The transformation will ensure the venues are fully accessible for participants, audiences and artists.

Brighton Dome has hosted thousands of conferences, graduations, first dates and other significant life events for thousands of people over its 150 years as an arts venue. We want to harness these memories and make Brighton Dome a significant feature in the lives of the whole community.

We are extremely proud of Brighton Dome creative learning project Miss Represented, an arts collective of vulnerable women who meet together weekly to create theatre for change build confidence along the way. They have recently taken their latest show on tour around the UK, a massive achievement for the girls.

We may have begun as a playground for the Prince, but now we’re here for everyone.

The transformed venue will improve physical accessibility for all including:

- A new central public lift providing wheelchair access to all levels (foyers, Corn Exchange, Studio Theatre and new Creation Space)

- A new platform lift to allow wheelchair access to the new Public Gallery (located above the Corn Exchange to enable visitors to view artists at work)

- New hearing assistance systems in the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre bars and new ‘welcome desk’ area

- Two new accessible Front of House toilets and one new accessible shower  

- A backstage commission lift for stage access for staff and visiting artists

- A new goods lift and fire escape stair for the Studio Theatre providing additional emergency evacuation, increasing capacity for wheelchair users

- In addition, access improvements as part of the wider redevelopment costs include:

- Re-planning of the Studio Theatre to include new wheelchair users’ positions

- A basement backstage connection to the Dome’s Concert Hall will provide access to connect the north and south of the building for the first time