Belvoir St Theatre
25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills
BELVOIR ST THEATRE
Based in Surry Hills, Sydney, Belvoir is one of Australia’s most distinguished and beloved theatre companies. Since 1984, when a group of 600 likeminded theatre-lovers came together to buy a theatre to save it from becoming an apartment block, Belvoir has been at the forefront of Australian story telling for the stage. Each year the company presents an annual season of shows for this now-iconic corner stage. New work and new stories sit at the centre of Belvoir’s programming, alongside a mix of classics and international writing, and a lasting commitment to Indigenous stories. In short, Belvoir is about modern theatricality, an open society, and faith in humanity.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Eamon Flack and Executive Director Sue Donnelly, Belvoir engages Australia’s most prominent and promising theatre-makers. Belvoir has nurtured the talents of artists including Cate Blanchett, Leah Purcell, Tommy Murphy, Kate Mulvany, Simon Stone, Anne-Louise Sarks, Wesley Enoch, S. Shakthidharan, and former Belvoir Artistic Director Neil Armfield. Landmark productions include Counting and Cracking, Barbara and the Camp Dogs, Cloudstreet, The Drover’s Wife, The Glass Menagerie, Angels in America, The Wild Duck, Keating!, The Sapphires, and many, many more. Belvoir regularly tours productions nationally and internationally.
Most of Belvoir’s plays are staged at the Belvoir St Theatre in Surry Hills. Belvoir’s administration office, box office and rehearsal rooms are located in our warehouse just down the hill from the theatre on the corner of Belvoir and Elizabeth Streets.
FOOD & DRINK
We have both snacks and light meals on offer at the Hal Bar, and cater for many dietary requirements.
Belvoir’s Hal Bar is a Sydney theatre institution. It’s the perfect place to meet up with friends before the show starts, or grab a drink after to continue chatting about the show. You never know who you might see!
The Hal Bar serves a range of drinks from our local partners.
PARKING – There is NO onsite parking, but limited timed parking is available on the streets around the theatre. On Sundays parking is unlimited.
TRAINS – We’re a five-minute walk from the Devonshire St/Chalmers St exit of Central Station.
TRAMS – We’re a five-minute walk from Surry Hills Tram Stop and approximately 7 minutes uphill walk from Chalmers Street Tram Stop.
BUSES – Buses travel along Chalmers St, Elizabeth St and Cleveland St.
CYCLING – There are bike racks right outside the theatre should you choose to cycle.
We cater for a range of accessibility needs.
It’s important to us that everyone coming to Belvoir St Theatre has the same experience, regardless of their physical abilities, so we’re pleased to offer the following range of services and facilities to make your visit as enjoyable as possible.
Belvoir St Theatre can accommodate patrons in wheelchairs and also their guests. Please book ahead and let Box Office know of any special needs so we can ensure that you are looked after. There is lift access to all levels. We also have an accessible toilet in our foyer area. Please refer to the map of our foyer for further detail. There is one accessible parking spot directly outside the theatre. (Unfortunately we are unable to book this accessible parking spot with council.) There is also some unlimited parking available directly opposite the theatre after 6pm and in some surrounding streets.
AUDIO DESCRIPTION FOR VISION IMPAIRMENT
Belvoir offers Vision Australia’s live audio description service. The performers’ actions, expressions and gestures are narrated by professional describers via a small earpiece which is provided to guests pre-show. The service is designed to provide real-time imagery during gaps in the dialogue on stage.Please contact our Box Office Staff to reserve your Audio Description headset – prior to booking your tickets – if you would like to use this service.
We have recently installed a new Hearing Assistance Service (HAS) which will replace our previous Hearing Loop System. The new hearing augmentation service operates as a wide area FM system, which allows you to sit anywhere you like in the theatre. HAS caters for those with or without hearing aids through the use of an FM receiving headset. Please note however, if you are using your own hearing aid device along with our HAS packs, your hearing device will need to be switched to microphone mode and NOT T-Coil. You also have the option of using the earpiece we supply with the packs, or, if you prefer, you are welcome to bring your own personal headphones to attach to our pack.You will need to reserve your HAS pack when booking tickets and this can be done either online or via contacting our Box Office team. HAS packs will be available for collection from the Box Office on the night.
MOBILE DEVICE CAPTIONING
Belvoir uses Ai-Media’s mobile live captioning service to make performances accessible for people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. Live captions are a text version of the show’s dialogue, displayed on your phone’s screen as the performance happens. To use this service, simply scan the performance’s QR code with your phone and start viewing the live captions!
Ai-Media is an Australian-born captioning, transcription and translation company. It’s mission is to make the world’s content accessible for all, one word at a time.
Belvoir is a Companion Card affiliate. The Companion Card enables people with a disability who require attendant care support from a companion to attend Belvoir productions without incurring the cost of a second ticket for their companion. Cardholders must present their card when booking or purchasing a ticket.