Reading Abbey is a large, beautifully conserved, ruined abbey in the centre of Reading. Founded by Henry I in 1121 and celebrated in RABBLE Theatre’s award-winning production of Henry I in 2016, in its heyday the abbey was one of Europe’s largest royal monasteries.
How to get there:
Please Note: the theatre entrance and exit is via the Box Office off Chestnut Walk ONLY. It is not available via Forbury Gardens. Our Stewards and Front of House team will be on hand to help direct you.
Reading Abbey is a 5-minute walk from Reading Station and local bus routes.
There is no parking available at the venue however the nearest town-centre car park is a 5-minute walk and the nearest blue-badge parking is available on The Forbury.
Opening times: Box Office and Doors:
Our onsite box office and the RABBLE bar will open 45mins before the performance starts.
The auditorium will open 15 mins before the performance starts.
If you are looking to purchase tickets on the door, do check our website for ticket availability before travelling.
Seating is provided at The Abbey but it is unallocated.
Pre-show and interval refreshments:
The RABBLE Bar will be open before the show and during the interval; offering a selection of cold soft drinks, snacks and some wonderful organic wines and beers drinks can be taken into the auditorium.
Please do not bring your own food and drinks to the theatre, supporting the RABBLE Bar is another way you can directly support the theatre.
Pre-theatre offers exclusive to RABBLE audiences:
We’ve partnered with a number of local restaurants, cafes and bars to offer special deals for RABBLE audiences to complement your Theatre visit. To see current offers, CLICK HERE.
Please note that Reading Abbey is an outdoor venue so come prepared for the weather.
In the event of heavy rain the show may be relocated; in light to medium rain, the show is expected to continue.
A decision will be made at least 1 hr before the performance is due to start and alternative venue information will be shared via email and social media.
We do allow umbrellas but ask that they are not used in the auditorium as they may block the view for other audience members.
Please note that The Abbey has no toilet facilities, so we have portable toilets available for audiences to use, including accessible facilities.
Photography and Video:
Photography and video recording is not permitted in any of our venues, and please can we remind you to turn all phones and mobile devices off (not just silent) for the duration of all performances.
The Abbey is accessible for wheelchair users and those with mobility issues via a sloping footpath from Chestnut Walk. If you require access for a wheelchair or mobility scooter please do contact [email protected] so that we can reserve a designated wheelchair space for you and seats for your party.
Tickets for carers:
Carers tickets are available free of charge. To book an additional carer ticket, please book your tickets in the normal way and email CONTACT US with your booking reference. A complimentary carer’s ticket will then be added to your order.
Relaxed Performances are open to everyone but especially designed to welcome anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including families with very young children, those with an autism spectrum condition, sensory and communication disorders, or learning disability.
The performances may be adapted in a number of ways in order to reduce anxiety and ensure a safe and enjoyable live theatre experience. There is a relaxed attitude to noise (voluntary and involuntary), sudden loud noises are softened and audience members are free to leave and re-enter the auditorium at any point. Check the booking pages for details, but usually, our Relaxed Performance is scheduled on the second Saturday matinee.
Familiarisation visits for those for whom new venues can cause anxiety are also available under arrangement by CONTACTING US.
For lost property enquiries please CONTACT US.