ARC’s policy is to set ticket prices based on demand, like budget airlines, which means we set a price when the event goes on sale and then sometimes put the price up or down depending on how the show is selling. Usually, the price will increase as we get closer to the event, so it is advantageous to book in advance, although sometimes we will put special offers on and reduce the price. Our website will always show the current ticket price.
ARC’s theatre and dance performances are priced on a Pay What You Decide basis, which means you don’t have to pay until after you have seen a show!
We want to encourage more people to come and see shows at ARC, more often. Pay What You Decide not only allows you to pay what you can afford, rather than a fixed ticket price, but also removes the financial risk of buying a ticket for a show in advance without knowing whether you are going to enjoy it or not.
Tickets are available to book in advance as usual, but there is no obligation for you to pay until after you have seen the show. You can then decide on a price which you think is suitable based on your experience, which means if you haven’t enjoyed it at all, you don’t have to pay anything.
All money collected will help ARC pay the artists who have performed, and we therefore hope you will give generously.
Please ensure you have arrived and collected your tickets 15 minutes before the show starts in order to secure your seats. At the end of the show, you can decide what to pay, either by cash on the door or by card at the Box Office.
Seating: Allocated - See Seating Plan for More Details
The screening on Sat 23 Dec at 11 am will be relaxed and designed with autistic people in mind, but everyone is welcome.
A young woman carrying an unimaginable responsibility. A young man torn between love and honor. A jealous king who will stop at nothing to keep his crown. This live-action Christmas musical adventure for the entire family weaves classic Christmas melodies with humor, faith and new pop songs in a retelling of the greatest story ever told, the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus. A unique new entry into the collection of holiday classic movies, this epic Christmas musical is unlike any before it.
‘Antonio Banderas steals show as evil Herod in Bible musical’ – The Guardian
Director- Adam Anders
Cast- Milo Manheim, Antonio Banderas, Omid Djalili
Stay after the film on Saturday and join us for craft-related play activities designed by the amazing Kitchen Zoo. Known for their joyful, energetic theatre for young audiences and families, and now for fun film-related activities for Film Club audiences at ARC.
Film Club is a nurturing and creative environment for you to make memories together. We are respectful that our young audiences engage and express themselves in activities in different ways, therefore, Film Club is a welcoming space for you and your family with films screened on a relaxed basis and suitable for all ages.
Relaxed screenings for autistic people
Relaxed screenings for autistic people are open to everyone.
This relaxed screening has been developed with people autistic people in mind but may also be suitable for people with other access requirements. The adjustments in place for this screening are:
- There will be no ads or trailers
- The auditorium lighting will be left on at a low level
- The sound will be turned down a bit
- There is a chill-out space available if you need to take a break
- You are able to make noise or movement during the screening if you need to
- There will be friendly staff or volunteers on hand to help with anything you might need
A free companion ticket is also available for anyone who requires someone such as a carer to attend the screening with them as part of their access requirements. These can be booked by contacting the Box Office.
If you have any questions about this screening or about access at ARC more generally please contact the Box Office on 01642 525199 or email [email protected]
You can also watch our cinema walkthrough video below before you visit
Seating accessibility information
Seats in the Cinema are 45cm (172/3“) wide and 46cm (18“) deep, are 40cm (152/3“) from the floor, and have 12cm (42/3“) between seats.
Seats in the Cinema have armrests that do not fold away, and cannot be completely removed.
Seats in the cinema have 30cm (112/3”) of legroom in front of seats, with additional legroom on row A and seats B1-B4 and B11-B14.
If you have any questions about accessibility our Box Office team are always happy to help and can be contacted on 01642 525199 or by emailing [email protected] - you can also tell us about your access requirements when prompted to do so during the online booking process
Family experience at ARC
Our family-friendly facilities, welcoming staff and superb shows make for a memorable experience every time you visit ARC. It’s easy to get here, and the enjoyment starts the moment you walk through the door. ARC is the perfect place for families to have fun, play and learn together. Most of our family shows and screenings are presented on a relaxed basis, so that we can provide a welcoming environment and enjoyable experience for all of our audiences, including those with a range of access requirements.
We have signed up to the Family Arts Standards. We welcome families and to help you enjoy your experience we are committed to ensuring we meet these Standards. As we continue to improve our service for families your views are very important to us – so please let us know if you have a good experience with us or tell us what you’d like us to improve.
BBFC rating information (may contain spoilers)
Joseph fights himself during a brief fantastical sequence of mild violence which includes a kick and an implied punch.
Threat and horror
Scenes of threat feature when pregnant Mary is pursued by guards who have been sent to capture her. There is also a fantastical scene, which young children might find scary, in which an inanimate lion comes to life and looms over a sleeping man, its eyes flashing red. Brief sword threat also occurs.
There are very mild sex references when Joseph disbelieves that Mary’s pregnancy is due to immaculate conception.
There is sexist behaviour when Mary is told she cannot teach, and that women are supposed to marry, not work.