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
Robin Hood – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 12 December 2020, 2:30pm & Sunday 10 January 2021, 1:30pm
Dreamgirls – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 20 February 2021, 2:30pm
The Nutcracker – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 10 April 2021, 2.30pm
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Audio Described Performance, Thursday 22 April 2021, 7:30pm
Northern Ballet: The Great Gatsby – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 1 May 2021, 2.30pm
The Book of Mormon – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 28 August 2021, 2.30pm
Mamma Mia – Audio Described Performance, Saturday 16 April 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.
Upcoming Captioned & Signed Performances
Sister Act – Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Wednesday 25 November 7.30pm
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
Dreamgirls – Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Saturday 13 February 2021 2:30pm
Captioned Performance, Saturday 20 February 2021 2:30pm
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Sign Language Performance, Wednesday 21 April 2021, 7:30pm
Captioned Performance, Thursday 22 April 2021, 7:30pm
Grease – Sign Language Performance, Wednesday 26 May 2021, 7:30pm
The Book of Mormon – Captioned Performance, Saturday 14 August 2021 2.30pm
Sing Language Interpreted Performance, Saturday 28 August 2021 2.30pm
SIX – Captioned Performance, Thursday 9 September 2021 8.00pm
Mamma Mia – Captioned Performance, Saturday 16 April 2022 2:30pm
Sign Language Interpreted Performance, Thursday 21 April 2022 7:30pm
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.