NEXT month the Empire Theatre is holding an open day as part of National Disabled Access Day 2016. On 12th March, customers who require disabled access are invited to take part in a guided theatre tour including a visit to the magnificent Empire stage, and the chance to explore the set of Annie. Visitors will be given the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes, catching a glimpse of the hidden world of backstage departments as well as learning about the technical magic that brings a production to life on stage. A British Sign Language interpreter will be available throughout the event to provide sign language for deaf visitors and there will be a visual story guide of the theatre available to help familiarise you with the venue. As well as the tour, there’ll be a short presentation from the Empire’s dedicated Access Officer who will be able to answer any questions and will have details of upcoming accessible performances. Tickets for this informal event are just £3.50, which includes refreshments. Payments can be made by card over the phone or in person at the Box Office. Places are limited so book early. There will also be an Audio Described performance of Annie that evening with a touch tour beforehand. All areas of the Empire are accessible to customers with limited mobility with features such as wide doors, lift access and additional toilet facilities for disabled people. The building is equipped with an induction loop system suitable for customers with hearing aids and there are a number of British Sign Language interpreted performances every season. This year, National Disabled Access Day is being sponsored by Euan’s Guide, the disabled access review guide which aims to empower people to visit new places while taking away some of the stress of visiting somewhere for the first time. For more information about accessible facilities at the Empire or to book a place on the Access Day event, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the dedicated access booking line on 0844 871 3037. Phone lines are open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm.