Assisted Performances

Our range of Assisted Performances provide unforgettable experiences for everyone, enabling those who may benefit from additional support to enjoy the theatre in a friendly and welcoming environment.

These include Captioned, Audio Described, Relaxed and Sign Language interpreted performances throughout the year in both the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall.

Audio Described Performances & Touch Tours

Our Audio Described performances operate through a Sennheiser audio description broadcast system. This works with an infrared receiver worn around the neck (along with headphones) that are available free of charge from the Access desk in the Theatre Royal, or the Cloakroom in the Royal Concert Hall. If you wish to bring your own headphones or ear hooks, please check that they have a standard 3.5mm jack – the same size that fits into your mobile phone or mp3 player (wireless/bluetooth headphones are not compatible with our equipment). We also have stethoset style receivers for those who find these more comfortable.

We also offer Touch Tours that enable a unique opportunity to go onto the stage and explore the set, costumes and props before the performance begins. These tours are presented by an Audio Describer and a member of the production company, which last 25 minutes. Our Touch Tours are completely free but please let us know in advance if you plan on attending.

Upcoming Audio Described Performances & Touch Tours

Waitress – Audio Described Performance, Thursday 21 July 2022, 7.30pm

The Book of Mormon – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 10 September 2022, 2.30pm

South Pacific – Audio Described Performance, Thursday 20 October 2022, 7.30pm

Opera North: Orpheus – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 12 November, 7pm

Northern Ballet – The Nutcracker – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 19 November 2022, 2.30pm
Touch Tour, Saturday 19 November, 2022, 12.15pm

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 17 December 2022, 2.30pm, and Sunday 8 January 2023, 1.30pm

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 28 January 2023, 2.30pm
Touch Tour, Saturday 28 January 2023, 1pm

Opera North: Ariadne auf Naxos – Audio Described Performance, Friday 17 March 2023, 7pm

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 17 June 2023, 2.30pm

Captioned Performances, Sign Language Interpreted Performances & Hearing Assistance

Captioned performances feature a scrolling screen positioned at the side of the stage, displaying text in English, sound effects, offstage noises and character names.

A Sign Language Interpreted (BSL) performance is where the vocal line is interpreted into sign language. The interpreter stands at the front of the stage, to one side, allowing you to view both the interpreter and the production.

If you are hard of hearing and use a hearing aid, you may benefit from using our hearing assistance equipment. Both of our venues have an infra-red Sennheiser transmission system to relay sound. This system operates using your hearing aid and a neck loop from one of our venues.

(Please ensure the T setting has been activated on your hearing aid, prior to your visit.) Neck Loops are available free of charge from the Access desk in the Theatre Royal, or the Cloakroom in the Royal Concert Hall. If you wish to bring your own headphones or ear hooks, please check that they have a 3.5mm jack – the same size that fits into your mobile phone or mp3 players (wireless/bluetooth headphones are not compatible with our equipment). If you intend to use this service, please notify our Box Office team when booking tickets so that we can advise you where to sit to get the best reception.

Royal Concert Hall Seating Plan with marked transmission blackspots

Theatre Royal Seating Plan with marked transmission blackspots

Upcoming Captioned & Signed Performances

Singin In The Rain – Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Wednesday 6 July 2022, 7.30pm, Anna Trethewey – Interpreter.

Waitress – Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Wednesday 20 July 2022 7:30pm. Donna Ruane – Interpreter, positioned stage left.
Captioned Performance, Thursday 21 July 2022, 7.30pm

The Book of Mormon – Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Saturday 10 September 2022 2.30pm, Donna Ruane – Interpreter.
Captioned Performance, Saturday 27 August 2022 2.30pm

The Wicked Lady – Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Thursday 22 September 2022 7.30pm, Interpreter, Donna Ruane will be positioned in a Dress Circle Box, auditorium left.

South Pacific – Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Thursday 2o October 2022, 7.30pm, Emma Isted – Interpreter.

Nottingham Operatic Society: The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Captioned Performance, Thursday 27 October 2022, 7.30pm

Opera North: La traviata – Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Thursday 10 November 2022, 7pm

White Christmas – Captioned Performance, Saturday 26 November 2022, 2.30pm

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Sign Language Interpreted Performances, Thursday 15 December 2022, 1.30pm, Sunday 18 December 2022, 1.30pm, and Friday 6 January 2023, 7.15pm. Donna Ruane – Interpreter.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Captioned Performance, Saturday 7 January 2023, 2.30pm

Sara Pascoe – Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Sunday 29 January 2023, 7.30pm

Opera North: The Cunning Little Vixen – Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Tuesday 14 March 2023, 7pm

Hey Duggee – Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Saturday 6 May 2023, 1pm

Sister Act – Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Wednesday 10 May 2023, 7.30pm, Rosemary Pell – Interpreter.

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane – Captioned Performance, Saturday 10 June 2023, 7.30pm, Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Saturday 17 June 2023, 2.30pm

Relaxed Performances

Visiting a new place can be daunting and can cause anxiety. Our Relaxed Performances provide an opportunity for customers who may benefit from a less formal, more supportive atmosphere, to still experience the joy of live theatre.

Relaxed performances feature lower overall sound levels, less intense lighting and no pyrotechnics. There will also be an increased number of wheelchair spaces available at the front of the auditorium. Throughout the show, the auditorium doors will remain open should customers wish to move around. There is a designated quiet space set up in the foyer for the duration of the show where customers can relax should they need to leave the auditorium.

Upcoming Relaxed Performances

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Relaxed Performance, Wednesday 4 January 2023, 2.30pm

Hey Duggee – Relaxed Performance, Thursday 4 May 2023, 4.30pm