Accessibility has been for a long time a priority at São Luiz. We like to say that São Luiz is for everybody — and we strive daily to ensure that these are not mere words or theory. This attitude begins outside the Theatre, in the way we receive our audience and continues throughout the building, but also determines the way in which we present our performances.
There is, next to the Theatre, a public parking space for people with reduced mobility. Thinking of them, we also made every venue in the Theatre accessible and prepared them with seats to accommodate that audience. Bringing to the Theatre people who often feel excluded ou incapable of coming is paramount to us.
The Bilhete Suspenso (Suspended Ticket) is an initiative we are very proud of. It is very simple: when you buy a ticket with the fixed price of 7€, the ticket remains in the box office, suspended, and allows people aided by the associations with partnership with São Luiz to come to the Theatre. The association are: Fundação António Luís de Oliveira, APAV – Associação Portuguesa de Apoio à Vítima, Associação SOL, Albergues Nocturnos de Lisboa, Associação Crescer, Associação Mais Proximidade Melhor Vida e Casa da Boavista – SCML. Through the Vamos? project, in a partnership with Associação Mais Proximidade Melhor Vida, we try to encourage people in social isolation situations to come to the Theatre more often.
In this effort to promote accessibility, we insist that most of our performances have sessions in Portuguese Sign Language (PSL), with Audio Description (AD) and that we have Relaxed Sessions (RS).
We believe that a Theatre will not fulfil its mission if it is does not belong to everyone and is not for everyone.