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

Northern Ballet Merlin – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 2 October 2021, 2.30pm.
Audio Description ticket holders are encouraged to take part in a free Insight Talk with former premier dancer Pippa Moore before the Audio Described performance. The 1-hour talk from 12.30-1.30pm (Upper Circle Foyer) will introduce elements of the production to aid your understanding of the show. It will provide an insight into the production of Merlin as you see and hear descriptions of the scenery and feel some of the costumes.   

RSC The Comedy of Errors – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 23 October, 2021, 1.30pm
Touch Tour – Saturday 23 October, 11.30am

Opera North: Bernstein Double Bill – Audio Described Performance, Thursday 18 November 2021, 7pm, Touch Tour 5.45pm

Opera North: Carmen – Audio Described Performance & Touch Tour, Friday 19 November, 2021, 7pm

School of Rock – Audio Described Performance, Thursday 18 November 2021, 7.30pm

Robin Hood – Audio Described Performance, Sunday 19 December 2021, 1:30pm & Sunday 9 January 2022, 1:30pm

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 12 February 2022, 2:30pm

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Audio Described Performance, Thursday 24 February 2022, 7:30pm

Opera North: Rigoletto – Audio Described Performance & Touch Tour, Saturday 19 March, 2022, 7pm

The Nutcracker – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 16 April 2022, 2.30pm

Mamma Mia – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 16 April 2022, 2:30pm

Dreamgirls – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 28 May 2022, 2:30pm

Opera North: Parsifal – Audio Described Performance, Wednesday 15 June 2022, 4pm

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

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

 

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

Grease – Sign Language Performance, Wednesday 18 August  2021, 7:30pm

SIX – Captioned Performance, Thursday 9 September 2021, 8.00pm

RSC The Comedy of Errors, Captioned Performance, Saturday 23 October, 2021, 1.30pm.

School of Rock, Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Wednesday 17 November 2021, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance, Thursday 18 November 2021, 7.30pm

Robin Hood – Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Sunday 12 December 2021 1:30pm & Thursday 16 December 2021 1:30pm & Friday 7 January 2021 7:15pm
Captioned Performance, Saturday 8 January 2022 2.30pm

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Saturday 5 February 2022, 2pm

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Captioned Performance, Saturday 12 February 2022, 2:30pm

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Sign Language Performance, Wednesday 23 February 2022, 7:30pm
Captioned Performance, Thursday 24 February 2022, 7:30pm

Opera North: Carmen – Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Friday 18 March, 2022, 7pm

Mamma Mia – Captioned Performance, Saturday 16 April 2022 2:30pm
Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Thursday 21 April 2022 7:30pm

Dreamgirls – Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Saturday 21 May 2022 2:30pm
Captioned Performance, Saturday 28 May 2022 2:30pm

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

Waitress – Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Wednesday 20 July 2022 7:30pm
Captioned Performance, Thursday 21 July 2022, 7.30pm

The Book of Mormon – Sing Language Interpreted Performance, Saturday 10 September 2022 2.30pm
Captioned Performance, Saturday 27 August 2022 2.30pm

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

Sister Act – Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Wednesday 10 May 2023, 7.30pm

 

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

Robin Hood – Relaxed Performance, Wednesday 5 January 2022 6pm

Gangsta Granny – Relaxed Performance, Thursday 10 March 2022, 7pm