Victoria Symphony Experience FAQs
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How do I purchase tickets?
There are several ways to purchase tickets to Victoria Symphony performances. Please that the Victoria Symphony box office sells tickets to ALL performances. Venue box offices only sell tickets to VS concerts at THEIR venues.
- In person: Victoria Symphony, Royal Theatre or Farquhar at UVic box offices.
- Via phone: Victoria Symphony, Royal Theatre or Farquhar at UVic box offices.
- Online: Victoria Symphony website connects you to online tickets at the Royal Theatre and Farquhar at UVic
- At the door: tickets are available at the door for most performances. However, it is often very busy and we recommend you arrive at least a half hour before showtime to avoid missing the concert.
Victoria Symphony Box Office Suite 610-620 View Street (Corner of Broad and View) Phone: 250.385.6515 Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
Royal Theatre 805 Broughton Street (Corner of Broughton and Blanshard) Phone: 250.386.6121 or 1.888.717.6121 *Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm (closed 1:30 – 2pm)
MacPherson Box Office #3 Centennial Square (Pandora at Government) Phone: 250.386.6121 or 1.888.717.6121 *Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm (closed 1:30 – 2pm)
Farquhar at UVic Room B103, University Centre Building 3800 Finnerty Road Phone: 250.721.8480 *Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 4 pm
*Hours subject to change. Please call the venue box office to confirm before visiting.
What do I wear?
Whatever makes you most comfortable. Some choose to dress up to make the occasion special, others dress purely for comfort. Wear whatever helps you enjoy the Symphony most.
What don’t I wear?
In the close confines of a theatre, fragrances can be a genuine health hazard for sensitive patrons. Please refrain from wearing perfumes or other scents.
Where do I park?
Street parking is available at both the Royal Theatre and Farquhar at UVic in reasonable proximity to the venues. Parking is also available under UVic Centre and in adjacent parking lots. The closest underground parking to the Royal Theatre is at the main branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, off Broughton Street. Other parking venues include the Johnson Street Parkade (750 Johnson Street) and View Street Parkade (743 View Street).
Parking details for both venues can be found on our Parking page.
Are any of the seats accessible for limited mobility?
If you or someone in your party has a physical, or other barrier, that requires special accommodation please contact the box office to make arrangements.
The Royal Theatre is wheelchair accessible on the main floor only. The Royal has 10 wheelchair locations which are located at the back of the main floor.
The Farquhar at UVic has 8 wheelchair accessible seats on the main floor of the auditorium.
Please contact the box office to check availability.
When should I arrive?
The doors for the Royal Theatre and Farquhar at UVic typically open one hour before the performance. Coat check and food and beverage services are available before the performance and during the intermission, so take the opportunity to get comfortable and relax before the concert starts.
For select concerts, pre-concert talks may be presented in the West Lobby of the Royal Theatre or Senate Chambers of the Farquhar at UVic. Please call the Symphony box office for details.
Please note that if you arrive after the performance begins, the usher will seat you during a suitable interval in the performance.
When do I clap?
It’s the question we hear most often! At a classical concert, the usual practise is to applaud at the end of the entire work, not between the movements. Please consult your program for a listing of the movements.
Even the smallest noise is magnified in a concert hall! Please unwrap candies or throat lozenges before the performance begins, turn down hearing aids and turn off all cell phones and watch chimes. PHOTOGRAPHY AND SOUND RECORDINGS ARE NOT PERMITTED.