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

Audio Described performances provide live commentary via headphones and are incredibly helpful for those who are blind or partially sighted. Large print cast lists are available at these performances (braille copies are also available on request) and programme notes are broadcast via headphones 15 minutes before the show begins.

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 they have a standard 3.5mm jack – the same size that fits into your mobile phone or mp3 player (wireless/bluetooth headphones are unfortunately not compatible with our equipment). We also have a limited number of 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 and 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

Cinderella – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 14 December 2019, 2:30pm & Sunday 5 January 2020, 2:30pm
Touch Tour, Saturday 14 December 1.30pm & Sunday 5 January 12.30pm

Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Audio Described Performance, Thursday 30 January 2020, 7:30pm

RSC: As You Like It – Touch Tour, Saturday 29 February 2020, Time TBC
Audio Described Performance, Saturday 29 February 2020, 1:30pm

RSC: The Taming of The Shrew –Touch Tour, Wednesday 4 March 2020, Time TBC
Audio Descried Performance, Wednesday 4 March 2020, 7:30pm

RSC: Measure for Measure –Touch Tour, Saturday 7 March 2020, Time TBC
Audio Described Performance, Saturday 7 March 2020, 1:30pm

Opera North: The Marriage of Figaro –Touch Tour, Wednesday 18 March 2020, 5:45pm
Audio Described Performance, Wednesday 18 March 2020, 7:00pm

Mamma Mia – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 28 March 2020, 2:30pm

Once The Musical – Audio Described Performance, Monday 6 – Saturday 11 April 2020, 7:30pm

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 18 April 2020, 2:30pm

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Audio Described Performance, Thursday 23 April 2020, 7:30pm

The Book of Mormon – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 5 September 2020, 2.30pm

Robin Hood – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 12 December 2020, 2:30pm & Sunday 10 January 2021, 1:30pm

Captioned Performances, Sign Language Interpreted Performances & Hearing Assistance

At Captioned performances, English text is displayed on a scrolling screen positioned at the side of the stage. This runs at the same time that the lines are being spoken on stage. Captions also include 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 the our venues have an infra-red Sennheiser transmission system to relay sound. This system operates using your hearing aid and a venue neck loop. (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 they have a standard 3.5mm jack – the same size that fits into your mobile phone or mp3 players (wireless/bluetooth headphones are unfortunately 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

Cinderella – Sign Language Performance, Thursday 12 December 2019, 1:30pm, Sunday 15 December 2019, 1, 30pm, Friday 3 January 2020, 7:15pm
Captioned Performance, Saturday 4 January 2020, 2:30pm

Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Captioned Performance, Thursday 30 January 2020, 7:30pm

A Monster Calls – Sign Language Performance, Thursday 20 February 2020, 7:30pm

RSC: As You Like It – Sign Language Performance, Friday 28 February 2020, 7:30pm
Captioned Performance, Saturday 29 February 2020, 1:30pm

RSC: Taming of The Shrew – Captioned Performance, Thursday 5 March 2020, 1:30pm

RSC: Measure for Measure – Captioned Performance, Saturday 7 March, 1:30pm

Opera North: Street Scene – Captioned Performance, Tuesday 17 March 2020, 7:00pm

SIX The Musical – Captioned Performance, Thursday 26 March 2020, 8:00pm

Mamma Mia – Captioned Performance, Saturday 28 March 2020, 2:30pm
Sign Language Performance, Thursday 2 April 2020, 7:30pm

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Sign Language Performance 2020, Wednesday 22 April, 7:30pm
Captioned Performance, Thursday 23 April 2020, 7:30pm

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – Captioned Performance, Thursday 4 June 2020, 7:30pm

Grease – Sign Language Performance, Wednesday 8 July 2020, 7:30pm

The Book of Mormon – Sing Language Interpreted Performance, Saturday 5 September 2.30pm
Captioned Performance, Saturday 22 August 2.30pm

Robin Hood – Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Thursday 10 December 2020 1:30pm & Sunday 13 December 2020 1:30pm & Saturday 9 January 2021 2:30pm
Captioned Performance, Saturday 9 January 2021 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.

The performances have some small changes to the sound levels, lighting and no pyrotechnics or strobe lighting are used. There are also be an increased number of wheelchair spaces available at the front of the auditorium. The auditorium doors are left open throughout the show and customers, if they wish, are allowed to move around during the performance. A designated quiet space is set up for the duration of the show, whereby if customers need to leave the auditorium for any reason they can go to this space and relax before deciding whether to go back in for the rest of the show.

Upcoming Relaxed Performances

Cinderella – Relaxed Performance, Friday 3 January 2020 2:30pm

Billionaire Boy – Relaxed Performance, Thursday 11 June 2020 7:00pm

Robin Hood – Relaxed Performance, Friday 8 January 2021 7:15pm