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The Gate aims to be as accessible as possible. As well as our accessible facilities, we provide assisted performances throughout the year.

Lift Access

Please be aware that due to the historic nature of the theatre, lift access is located at the rear of the building. For information regarding wheelchair access to the lift, please see the next section.

On the day of a performance, the lift may be accessed from the Rotunda Hospital car park and from Parnell Square East via a pedestrian gate 45 minutes before the performance begins. If availing of the lift, we ask that you arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to the start time.

Our front of house team will be delighted to collect your tickets from our box office for you. Alternatively, your tickets can be posted to you in advance of the performance.

To ensure that The Gate team can optimally facilitate your visit, please inform our box office of your intention to avail of the lift on +353 1 874 4045 or boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie.

Seating for A Christmas Carol 

In A Christmas Carol the barriers between stage and audience are re-imagined in a re-configured Gate auditorium.

Please be aware that there are steps in certain sections of the reconfigured auditorium, and that steps must be traversed to reach seat numbers AA10-15, BB10-16, CC10-15, and all seats in rows DD-MM.

Please also be advised that the seats in rows GG-MM do not have arm rests.

If you have any concerns regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact our box office team by phone on +353 (1) 874 4045 or by email.

Wheelchair Access

We currently have two wheelchair spaces in the auditorium. The auditorium is accessible from the lift at the rear of The Gate building. There is a fully accessible bathroom located on the auditorium level.

Please be aware that due to the historic nature of our theatre, the bar is unfortunately not accessible. However, a member of our front of house team can arrange pre-show or interval drinks for your enjoyment in the coffee lounge on request.

Maximum Wheelchair Dimensions for Lift Access

While our lift is a standard size and accommodates most wheelchair models, please be aware that some larger motorised wheelchairs may not be compatible with our lift. To ensure your visit to the Gate runs as smoothly as possible, we ask that you check that your wheelchair fits within the below maximum dimensions:

  • Max Width 75cm & Depth 130cm

Should this raise any concerns, or for further assistance with this, please contact our box office team on +353 1 874 4045 or boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie.

Loop System
The Gate Theatre auditorium has an Induction Loop system in place for use by the hearing impaired. The Loop is installed in Rows D to J (with the exception of A Christmas Carol)To use the loop system, please turn your hearing aid to the“T-band”setting.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
As the auditorium has been reconfigured for the 2019 production of A Christmas Carol, the Induction Loop system is available in rows F to I, seat numbers 1-11.

Please note, the Loop System is not in operation during preview performances, and may not be compatible with all hearing aids. If you have any queries regarding the Loop system or its use, please call the box office on +353 (0) 1 874 4045 or email boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie and we will be happy to advise you.

Accessible Performances

Our upcoming Sign Language Interpreted Performances (SLIP) for 2020 will be announced soon. Please check back for more information.


We are always seeking to improve our services and to make your visit to the Gate as accessible and enjoyable as possible. We welcome you to email your suggestions and feedback on how we can improve your visit to boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie